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    1. December 29, 2015

      Why it took hawkish Abe to bury the hatchet with Seoul

      Shinzo Abe has a reputation for being a nationalist and a hawk. Yet in striking a deal with South Korea over wartime...

    2. December 29, 2015

      Asian neighbours give Japan ‘comfort women’ deal cautious welcome

      Japan and South Korea’s landmark settlement on “comfort women” received a cautious welcome across Asia on Tuesday, in a...

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      Although President Park remains relatively popular, South Korea and its squabbling pol...
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    1. December 15, 2015

      Temple siege intensifies South Korea rights debate

      Seoul’s intricate Buddhist temple of Jogyesa last week became the unlikely focus of a police siege, as hundreds of...

    2. December 7, 2015

      A South Korean billionaire who tests his own make-up

      Suh Kyung-bae used to raise eyebrows by turning up to business meetings sporting bright nail varnish. Today the...

    3. November 15, 2015

      Scores detained after South Korea rally turns violent

      More than 50 protesters were detained after violence flared at the biggest protest against South Korea’s government in...

    4. October 27, 2015

      Former workers pressure Samsung over deadly illnesses

      Seated on a plastic mat near her wheelchair, Han Hye-kyoung cuts a frail figure during her quiet protest at the foot of...

    5. October 26, 2015

      South Korea fights old battles with new history textbooks

      To most of the world, the 70-year contest of ideas between prosperous South Korea and the repressive, impoverished...

    6. October 18, 2015

      Korean families divided by war take private route to reunion

      When Shim Gu-seop was 58 he received a letter with bittersweet news: while the mother he left in North Korea as a...

    7. October 15, 2015

      Start-up fate awaits South Korea’s middle-aged salarymen

      Landing a job at one of the mighty chaebol business groups is the ambition of many South Koreans, but in most cases the...

    8. October 12, 2015

      South Korea set to rewrite history books

      South Korea’s government said on Monday it would put the production of secondary-school history textbooks under state...

    9. October 4, 2015

      Park’s youth jobs fund stokes South Korean angst

      A South Korean bid to crowdfund jobs for youth has raised $1.8m - as well as ire that the government is shirking...

    10. August 20, 2015

      South Korea’s Park Geun-hye to attend China’s war commemorations

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted Beijing’s invitation to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of...

    11. July 2, 2015

      Former South Korean prime minister indicted on corruption charges

      South Korean prosecutors have brought bribery charges against the recently departed prime minister and a sitting...

    12. June 24, 2015

      South Korea to spend $9bn to counter Mers impact

      South Korea will draw up a Won10tn ($9bn) supplementary budget to help its already struggling economy cope with the...

    13. June 23, 2015

      Samsung heir apologises over Mers failings

      Lee Jae-yong, the presumed heir of Samsung Group, has issued a public apology for the role of a Samsung hospital in the...

    14. June 18, 2015

      Seoul dating agency practices its version of Korean unification

      Han Seol-hyang blushes as she recounts her memories of teenage dating in Pyongyang. “Everything was in secret. It...

    15. June 8, 2015

      South Korea struggles to explain spread of Mers virus

      A sudden outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea has put the spotlight back on a disease that had...

    16. April 20, 2015

      South Korea contract workers at heart of labour reform challenge

      Fifteen years ago, Park Soon-bo joined South Korea’s largest carmaker on a short-term contract. Now 42, he is still...

    17. April 14, 2015

      Tycoon’s suicide note stokes South Korean scandal

      President Park Geun-hye of South Korea is facing a political crisis after allegations that aides and ruling party...

    18. March 31, 2015

      The nightmare of a Korean cold war thaw

      Amid all the talk of a new cold war, it is easy to forget that there are parts of the world where the cold war never...

    19. March 26, 2015

      South Korea in balancing act on household debt

      South Korea’s government is fighting to address the dangers of the nation’s fast-rising household debt burden — even as...

    20. March 5, 2015

      US ambassador suffers knife attack in South Korea

      The US ambassador to Seoul was attacked on Thursday by a knife-wielding assailant apparently motivated by anger at...

    21. February 26, 2015

      South Korea toughens up on chaebol law-breakers

      The prison sentence handed down this month to the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman for an onboard tantrum over the...

    22. February 2, 2015

      K-pop’s production line for Gangnam Style wannabes

      At a rented theatre on a Saturday night in Seoul, 20 self-conscious young talents stand awkwardly, some of them in...

    23. January 14, 2015

      South Korean activist arrested over pro-North comments

      South Korean authorities have arrested a reunification activist for making favourable comments about North Korea, in...

    24. November 21, 2014

      AmorePacific: Korean cool

      When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s AmorePacific, going global. First-half numbers for the South...

    25. November 19, 2014

      S Korea searches soul after ferry disaster

      Hundreds of yellow ribbons still flutter in the square outside Seoul’s city hall, commemorating the sinking of the...

    26. November 19, 2014

      Sewol shames operator and politicians

      The 15 surviving crew members of the Sewol ferry sat with their heads bowed in court last week, as they received...

    27. October 26, 2014

      South Korea under pressure to pass anti-corruption bill

      The good times may be over for South Korea’s civil servants, as they closely watch the fate of a new anti-graft bill....

    28. October 22, 2014

      State funding disrupts South Korea’s start-up scene

      Park Sung-suh showed good timing by creating his Android-based software company in 2008, just as Google’s mobile...

    29. October 20, 2014

      Seoul rejects rebuke over labour laws

      South Korea’s government has rejected claims that its labour law encourages abuse of migrant workers, highlighting the...

    30. October 16, 2014

      Koreans lose faith in homegrown chat apps

      In South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations, fears over state cyber surveillance have sparked an exodus from...

    31. October 2, 2014

      S Korea’s traditional rent-free tenancies come under strain

      For decades, South Korean landlords have scorned monthly rent in favour of jeonse – a unique system under which tenants...

    32. August 25, 2014

      South Koreans alarmed by prospect of extinction by 2750

      In the year 2621, in the northwestern province of Gyeonggi-do, the last South Korean will enter the world – according...

    33. August 14, 2014

      Pope Francis lands in Seoul for first Asia papal trip in 15 years

      Pope Francis has begun the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years, arriving in Seoul on Thursday in an effort to boost...

    34. August 14, 2014

      South Korea looks to revive growth with rate cut

      The Bank of Korea has cut the country’s interest rate for the first time in 15 months, bowing to government pressure to...

    35. August 8, 2014

      Conscript’s alleged murder prompts soul-searching in South Korea

      South Korea’s entire 640,000-strong military suspended normal duties on Friday for lectures on human rights, amid...

    36. July 24, 2014

      S Korea reveals $40bn stimulus package as growth slows

      South Korea unveiled a $40bn stimulus package to boost the country’s flagging economy, as data on Thursday showed that...

    37. July 22, 2014

      S Korea police identify decayed body as fugitive ferry owner

      The body of a fugitive businessman sought over April’s tragic ferry sinking was found last month in southern South...

    38. July 6, 2014

      Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

      International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s...

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