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· February, 2009

Stories about South Korea from February, 2009

Korea: Economic downturn and which companies have the best chances for survival.

While all of us hope the economic downturn is over soon, it seems that it’s a long term battle. Companies are cutting employees or decreasing their business scope. A netizen...

Japan and South Korea: Cheap Won Draws Japanese Shoppers

Jean Min from Ohmynews! reports about the drop in South Korean currency Won and its side effect of drawing Japanese tourists to Seoul for shopping.

Korea: Hillary Clinton's Visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Korea. Rather than any other issues, North Korean issues were the major topic. Some people welcomed her on the street, raising signs, “Welcome,...

South Korea: Suicides and Statistics

Korea Beat translated two local news on suicide patterns and statistics in Seoul and Busan.

Japan: Hetalia Axis Powers and the limits of parody

Hetalia, a satirical manga set mainly during the Second World War and featuring national protagonists of that era, has attracted attention among both domestic and international audiences for its caricature...

Korea: Valentine’s Day, Suicide and Blogs

A blogger shares his experience on Valentine’s Day 10 years ago. On Valentine’s Day this year, four people died on the subway. tracks How will you get over your difficulties...

South Korea: Prospects for Peace

Jae Young Lee from Ohmynews writes an analysis on the prospects for peace in Northeast Asia region.

Korea: Seven Reasons Why You’re Dumped by Women

There was an interesting post in a Korean blog introducing seven reasons why men are dumped by women on a date and giving tips on how you as a man...

Korea: Golden Blog Award

Readers can see the best blog story, best blog, funniest blog, happiest blog, angriest blog, culture blog, food blog, etc. from Korea English blogosphere at the Hub of Sparkle.

Japan and Korea: Love Hotel

James Turnbull from the Grand Narrative discusses about the love hotel culture in Japan and Korea.

Japan: Message translation service brings heartbreak

Commenters at Japan's popular bulletin board service 2channel are responding to the story [ja] of a Japanese girl (ID tomochan) who, reportedly through the “enjoy JAPAN (KOREA) translation service” run...

Korea: Being Unemployed.

Since the economic downturn began, being unemployed has become one of the topics netizens talk about. How do people cope with this situation? Aspan finds other way to enjoy being...

South Korea: Protest Against Police Violence at Yongsan

CINA posts photos of a protest against police violence at Yongsan. The police action in the redevelopment zone on 20 of January had resulted in the death of 5 residents...

Korea: Serial Killer and His Human Rights

A man who had an ordinary life and a good reputation in his town found to have killed 7 women over 2 years. He is a father who has two...

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