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2011-01-20 13:16:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A path-breaking new study of North Korea from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, based on large-scale and unprecedented refugee surveys in China and South Korea, finds that a great many transformations are under way in one of the most isolated, poorly understood and dictatorial countries on earth. In their new book, Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea, authors Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland...

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2008-04-15 17:05:00

The South Korean version of MySpace released recently, and according to the chief executive it is ready to shine in the new market due to the attention it pays to local culture. Chris DeWolfe, speaking in Seoul, claimed confidence in the new site's prospects in a market which many online services have had difficulties grasping. According to DeWolfe, MySpace is taking great strides against failure to pay tribute to South Korea's local culture. For companies such as Google and other American...

2006-08-13 01:47:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - A majority of Japanese believe that their country should not have the capability to make pre-emptive strikes, according to a survey published on Sunday. North Korea's July 5 missile tests rekindled debate in Japan over whether it should develop the ability to make such strikes and whether they would violate its pacifist constitution. A survey conducted on August 5 and 6 by the Yomiuri Shimbun daily found that 55.1 percent of the 3,000 respondents said they...

2006-05-19 22:54:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - Four North Koreans scaled the wall of a U.S. consulate in China to seek asylum in the United States, South Korean media reported on Saturday, the first such defections since Washington granted refugee status to North Koreans earlier this month. Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said three men and one woman left South Korea's consulate in the northeastern city of Shenyang, where they had been given refuge, to enter the nearby U.S. mission. Yonhap quoted an...

2006-05-16 22:29:08

TOKYO (Reuters) - In a move that parallels signs of improving ties between South Korea and North Korea, groups representing pro-Seoul and pro-Pyongyang residents in Japan said on Wednesday they wanted to patch up a decades-old feud. The two groups have their roots in an organization created by Koreans living in Japan after the end of Tokyo's 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. But the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan), founded in 1946, and the General...

2006-05-03 08:41:32

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of 10 North Koreans in Southeast Asian countries are staying at U.S. embassies and want to make a rare defection to the United States, South Korea's public broadcaster reported on Wednesday. North Koreans defectors typically head to South Korea, where they are granted automatic citizenship and given assistance to help them settle in the country. Broadcaster KBS said the North Koreans are seeking to leave for the United States as early as this week, citing...

2006-03-24 08:10:00

By Jon Herskovitz NAMHAE, South Korea (Reuters) - At about as far south as South Korea goes, German is spoken in a community of homes with A-frame roofs reminiscent of Lower Saxony. A German hamlet has been carved out in a small corner of Namhae, a southern island that has only been connected to the Korean peninsula by a bridge for a few decades. Namhae, famous for its garlic, is faced with a declining economy as well as a falling population. It sees a way to solve these problems by opening...

2005-12-14 00:42:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Relatives of four deceased South Koreans who were forced laborers at a steel mill in northern Japan during World War Two failed on Wednesday to overturn a Japanese court decision refusing compensation for unpaid wages. The result, in line with most Japanese rulings on war-related compensation claims, comes at a time when Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been chilled by disputes stemming from Japan's past aggression in Asia. In Wednesday's case, Tokyo...

2005-10-21 08:45:00

SEOUL -- In North Korea, they ask whether you speak "chosun-mal." In South Korea, they want to know whether you can converse in "hanguk-mal." A different name for their ostensibly common language is a measure of how far North and South Koreans have grown apart during 60 years of division. And it does not stop there. If South Koreans ask North Koreans how they are, the instinctive answer sounds polite to Northerners but conveys a different message to Southern ears -- "Mind your own business."...

2005-10-11 00:32:52

SEOUL (Reuters) - Eight people believed to be North Koreans rushed into a South Korean school in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Tuesday seeking asylum in the South, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. The eight arrived in the northeastern coastal Chinese city on September 30 and had been waiting for the chance to defect, Yonhap news agency reported a South Korean group that works with North Korean defectors as saying. South Korean officials asked China's ambassador to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.