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· September, 2008

Stories about South Korea from September, 2008

Korea: Ceremonial Expenses

What is your biggest expense? A website, www.career.co.kr, did a survey of 1,676 employees, and asked them which of their expenses they consider worthless. The highest percentage answered drinking and...

Korea: The End of OhmyNews Japan (following Hanako's)

Following the post, “The End of OhmyNews Japan” by the Japanese editor, Hanako, I was curious how Korean bloggers talk about the failure of OhmyNews Japan. Many bloggers have analyzed...

Japan: Maga on War and Japan

Japan Focus just published a translation of one of Mizuki Shigeru’s short manga pieces, entitled “War and Japan“, with a brief introduction to the man and his work written by...

South Korea: U.S. Military in Korea

Ask a Korea has some discussion on why do Koreans Complain about U.S. Military in Korea?

Korea: Teachers and Education

On the 15th of September, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) announced that they will make public the number of teachers who joined Korean Teachers & Education Workers’...

Japan: The End of OhmyNews Japan

At the end of August, 2008, OhmyNews, the citizen journalism site from South Korea that entered the Japanese market in 2006 with much fanfare, closed its doors. First officially announced...

South Korea: Han River

Robert Neff from Ohmynews! posted some historical photos of Han River (from an exhibition) to indicate how the river changes over time.

YouTube Contest for aspiring journalists

As I had mentioned back in August, YouTube and The Pulitzer Center have launched Project: Report, a contest for aspiring journalists and now the full rules and instructions are up....

Korea: Kim Jong Il’s Disappearance and South Korea

Kim Jong Il’s continued absence from public activities in North Korea and the rumor of his sickness produce more imaginative scenarios. For example, he actually died several years ago and...

Korea: The Harvest Moon Festival and How to Spend.

It’s Harvest Moon Festival (HMF) again. The time when family members who live apart can gather together and relatives who rarely meet can greet each other in their home towns....

Korea: Chaos at the Korea Broadcasting System

Korea Broadcasting System’s (KBS) President had to step down from his position for breach of trust when the Beijing Olympics started. Due to the games, this event didn’t get much...

East and South Asia: Suicide By Pesticide Ingestion Common

As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches on September 10, a new study reaffirms that suicide is frequently committed by ingesting pesticides in many Asian countries. The study analyzed preferred suicide...

Korea: Tens of Thousands of Buddhists in Seoul

Although Korea has many religions, there have not been serious religious conflicts. Different religions have peacefully coexisted. Until now… Peaceful coexistence now seems on the verge of breaking. Tens of...

South Korea: Government Blog

Korea Beat highlights a local report about South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's personal blog. The blog was called Hello policy, however, it has disabled the comment session.

South Korea: Prostitution Business

Korea Beat translated a local feature article on prostitution business in South Korea.

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