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Even Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Telling Me to Vote

I have recently been reminded, asked, or commanded to vote approximately 6 million times. These nudges have come from the people and places I’d expect—candidates, local officials, civic and political organizations—but also, more so than in any other election year I remember, from the places…

Kool Korea by hashtag #1: ‘Beauty of Decay’

This is Part 1 of an AT series “Kool Korea by hashtag” by US-Seoul-based American street photographer and academic Michael Hurt. SEOUL – For people under 30 in South Korea, Instagram is all. It is the positive definition of the world, the summary of all…

BTS expected to soar with hot ticket IPO

SEOUL – Wanna a piece of South Korean boy band BTS? That will actually be possible next month and the price has been set. On Monday, BTS’ label, Big Hit Entertainment, disclosed its initial public offering stock price. With 7.1 million shares being offered at…

North Korea Accuses South of Intrusion to Find Dead Official

SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a South Korean official recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea denied the accusation. “We urge the…

Photos of the Week: Wishing Moons, Runway Swim, Shawnee Sunset

Autumn colors in Wales, a ripple maze in Taiwan, “picture day” at a Connecticut school, a funnel cloud in Spain, protests in Kentucky, a socially-distanced beauty pageant in Venezuela, flowers among high-rises in South Korea, surfing in South Africa, and much more. 0…

Seoul Accuses North Korea of Incinerating South Korean Official

North Korean soldiers shot a missing South Korean fisheries official to death and burned his body on board a North Korean vessel just north of the inter-Korean maritime border this week, the South’s defense ministry confirmed on Thursday. 0…

Trump Is a Feudal Lord

The Trump administration named New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday, threatening to slash federal funding due to protests against police brutality and property damage. The announcement built on an earlier order that accused several cities of “permitting anarchy, violence, and…

Virus gives South Korea’s students a headache

South Korea has managed Covid-19 without resorting to strict lockdowns, but as elsewhere, the pandemic has caused chaos and stress fractures in the educational sector. Most of the spring semester was written off as the country battled the first wave of infections. Subsequently, online classes…

Korea’s ‘blockchain city’ is missing some links

Sixty-two percent of the firms in South Korea’s blockchain sandbox city of Busan do not know anything about the technology, according to a surprising report from the Busan Research Institute. The South Korean federal government has considered Busan a “regulation-free” zone for blockchain development since…

Police summon Bithumb boss for questioning

The chairman of a South Korean crypto exchange has been summoned by police for interrogation, Cointelegraph reports, citing state-run news agency Yonhap. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency wants to talk to Lee Jung-hoon, chairman of the board at Bithumb Korea and Bithumb Holdings, which are…

South Korea Uses Coronavirus to Try to Stop Conservative Rallies

South Korea’s prime minister on Wednesday warned dissidents they face a “stern” response from authorities should they move forward with plans to stage massive anti-government rallies next month in the nation’s capital, Seoul. The rallies would defy a city-wide ban on large gatherings during the…

LG Chem to spin off high-growth battery business

South Korean conglomerate LG Chem said on Thursday it will spin off its battery business, allowing the unit to concentrate on its core competency and raise targeted funds. LG Chem plans to gain approval for the move from an extraordinary stockholders’ meeting on October 30…

A $2.1 billion Asiana Airlines takeover collapses

A US$2 billion-plus deal for a South Korean property developer to take over lossmaking Asiana Airlines collapsed Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with state-owned banks mounting a bailout to try to save 9,000 jobs. The global travel restrictions imposed to try to…

South Korean Chip and Display Panel Makers Halt Sales to Huawei: Reports

Several South Korean suppliers to Chinese tech giant Huawei allegedly will stop shipping their products to the Chinese company next week in response to U.S. sanctions. Yonhap News Agency, citing unnamed industry sources, reported on Sept. 9 that South Korean chipmakers Samsung Electronics and SK…

The Art of Teaching Writing

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

BTS hit single could inject US$1.4bn into South Korea

Think about this, for a minute. One hit single, from a boy band, is worth more than US$1.4 billion to the South Korean economy. According to a government study, K-pop sensation BTS’s US-chart-topping single “Dynamite” could generate billions in economic activity for South Korea and…

Police raid Seoul crypto exchange

Police have raided Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, for the second time, according to Cointelegraph, which cited a Seoul Shinmun report. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency conducted additional search and seizure checks at Bithumb’s headquarters in the Gangnam District on September 7.…

Samsung wins $6.6 billion Verizon 5G order

Samsung Electronics clinched a US$6.6 billion agreement to provide 5G network equipment to Verizon in the United States, a regulatory filing showed Monday, expanding its presence in the strategically crucial market.  The South Korean tech giant said the massive deal was equivalent to 3.4% of…

Korea’s KF-X stealth fighter takes a big leap

South Korea’s new KF-X (Korean Fighter eXperimental) multi-role stealth fighter has begun final assembly despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and will be rolled out in the first half of next year, as planned. According to a report in Janes.com, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration…

Samsung’s heir faces fraud charges

South Korean prosecutors indicted the heir to the Samsung empire Tuesday over a controversial merger of two business units seen as a key step towards his succession, in the latest legal blow to the sprawling conglomerate. Lee Jae-yong, the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, committed stock…

BTS’s first English song tops US charts

Covid-19 can stop performances and concert tours, but it can’t stop BTS. South Korea’s leading act exploded onto the Billboard 100 singles chart in the top spot, Billboard reported Monday. That was a first for any South Korean artist and the first time any Asian…

Black Yak mines money from mountains

The newly arrived visitor to South Korea, gazing out of his/her hotel window at the inevitable mountain ridge that backdrops the major cities of the peninsula, may do a double take at a bizarre sight unfolding in the distance. On a far-off slope, what appears…

Rejection of reason

The 2020 Republican National Convention wrapped up on Thursday, mercifully putting to rest an over-the-top four-day exercise in anxiety amplification. This year’s gathering featured a cavalcade of histrionic speakers spelling out the end days of the USA in apocalyptic tones. Sitting here in my office…

Abe Shinzo Retires After Eventful Career as Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, 65, officially became his country’s longest-serving prime minister on Monday. He announced on Friday that he will resign due to health concerns, capping a remarkable career that left three of his greatest ambitions unfulfilled: Revising the Japanese constitution to allow…

South Korea tightens virus curbs in Seoul region

South Korea decided Friday to tighten coronavirus curbs further in the greater Seoul area as it seeks to contain growing clusters in the region. The country largely overcame an early coronavirus outbreak with extensive tracing and testing, but is now battling several outbreaks mostly linked…

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