Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in N. Korea

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Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in N. Korea

Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea Saturday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world.Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan's upper house with a penchant for...

Updated : 2014.08.30 16:58

S. Korea hails U.N. statement on Yemen

The South Korean government said Saturday it welcomes the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of a statement calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Yemen.As a member of the group Friends of Yemen, South Korea supports stability, peaceful political transition, and the smooth imple...

Updated : 2014.08.30 15:46

N. Korea accuses S. Korea of abusing sports exchanges

North Korea's main sports body reaffirmed its decision not to send a cheerleading squad to the upcoming Asian Games, putting the blame on South Korea.The North's Olympic Committee accused Seoul of "abusing sacred sports and cultural exchange" for a "sinister political purpose."The DPRK was...

Updated : 2014.08.30 13:14

[Weekender] Elderly life has silver lining

Lee So-young, a 33-year-old office worker in Seoul, pictures herself spending her mornings 70 years from now listening to classical music and sipping on herbal tea. “I want to become a gracious grann...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:18

Premier makes appeal amid party standoff over Sewol

As the deadlock over the special Sewol bill continued Friday, the prime minister made a public address calling for the swift legislation of outstanding bills in an attempt to put more pressure on the ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:17

[Weekender] Korea struggling with aging

South Korea’s population is rapidly aging, but the government appears to lack policies to deal with the demographic change.According to Moody’s, a global credit rating agency, a total of 13 countrie...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:03

[Weekender] Societal aging poses challenge to health sector

Stepping inside Gangnam-gu Haengbok Convalescence Hospital, it is easy to mistake the property for some kind of leisure resort. There is a sauna, a beauty salon, as well as a cafe on top of its fully ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:57

Court releases 4 family members of late ferry owner for funeral

A district court on Friday temporarily released four family members of the late owner of the doomed ferry Sewol to attend his funeral this weekend, officials said.The move by the Incheon District Court allows the family members to attend the funeral of Yoo Byung-eun to be held in a compoun...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:57

[Weekender] ‘Don’t stop living life’

During the Stone Age, working until dying was the most common retirement plan. Many simply never lived past 40. In South Korea today, many retirees are choosing the same path, but not because life end...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:54

[Weekender] Flourishing silver industry key driver of future growth

Industries catering to senior citizens in Korea have been expanding at a rapid pace in recent years as the pensionable population grows.The market for goods and services geared toward the elderly is p...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:50

Seoul regrets N.K.’s cheering squad U-turn

South Korea on Friday expressed regret over the North’s revocation of a decision to send a cheering squad to the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, denying Pyongyang’s accusations that Seoul had begrudged its earlier pledge. Son Kwang-ho, vice chairman of the North’s Olympic Committee, an...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:48

Ex-lawmaker acquitted over sexist slur of TV announcers

Reversing an earlier conviction, a Seoul district court on Friday acquitted a former lawmaker of charges that he made sexist and derogatory remarks about female TV announcers four years ago. Kang Yong...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:48

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

Sexual abuse of teenagers rose for the second straight year in 2013, with a sharp increase in the number of male victims, a lawmaker said Friday.The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep....

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:48

(Photo News) Preparing for Chuseok

Participants of a festival for multicultural families make traditional Korean food in Songpa, southern Seoul, Friday. The festival was held in celebration of the upcoming Chuseok, one of Korea’s bigg...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:47

‘U.S. officials made secret trip to Pyongyang’

A group of U.S. officials clandestinely traveled to Pyongyang early this month, apparently to request the release of three detained Americans, a news report said Friday, indicating the two sides’ first direct dialogue in about two years. A military jet carrying the officials entered Pyong...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:47