Stories about South Korea from June, 2012
A South Korean photographer explains his ordeal in holding an exhibition in Japan that documents aging 'Comfort Women', the term used for Koreans drafted as sex slaves by the Japanese during World War II. Many South Koreans and fans of the photographer online, accused Japanese extremist right-wing groups of refusing to admit their war crimes and attempting to sabotage the art exhibition.
Anthony Tao from Beijing Cream highlighted some drawings by survivors of North Korean concentration and work camps from a Korean forum.
In South Korea, an indefinite strike by broadcasters has continued for almost five months in the nation's largest TV network, MBC. Journalists and producers are urging the company president to step down, accusing him of incapacitating investigative new programs that criticize the government by firing or reprimanding reporters and producers.
South Korea’s Fair Trade commission raided online game maker Blizzard’s headquarters in Seoul after receiving complaints about the availability of Diablo 3. It has started a debate in a game community website Massively about Blizzard's decision to offer affected users a full refund, but with a few conditions attached.
Net user GI Drop wrote about recent taxi drivers’ mass strike in South Korea. And many comments followed the post in the ROK Drop blog.
In South Korea, a former president notorious for directing a massacre and oppressing democratic activists during his term (1980-88), has been criticized for participating in a cadet review at the Korea Military Academy and enjoying perks as a former head of the state, despite his criminal records.
GangJeong, a small rural town in the Jeju island has made headlines for several months with intense conflict going on between the government forging ahead with its construction plan and environmentalists and rights groups struggling to protect the natural resources. A net user posted an English subtitle (not embedded) for...
North Korea Tech blog wrote about evidence showing that North Korea tested digital radio broadcasting. The blogger also embeded a Youtube video posted by a radio monitor in Japan.
The Korean Food and Drug Administration has announced that emergency contraceptives, known as morning-after pills, will become available over the counter. However, non-emergency oral contraceptives have become a prescription drug. This sudden reversal on birth control drug regulations has sparked heated discussions online.
South Korean churches are being widely criticized for building huge church buildings. One net users posted photos of colossal churches. The church appeared in the last photo has recently created controversy for re-routing subway exits for their convenience.
The Court dismissed warrant requests filed against union workers of South Korea's one of the largest network TV, MBC for leading an indefinite strike against the company president and its censorship on news content. @saveourmbc tweeted a photo of the leadership looking relieved after the victory.
A South Korean court has upheld a Ministry of Defense ban in the army on 23 books labeled as "subversive", fueling public worries for the protection of free speech.
It has been almost four months since South Korea's biggest network TV, MBC, went on an indefinite strike against censorship on news contents and the company president's multiple allegations. Starting from May 31, 2012, MBC union workers have started gathering citizens’ signatures to pressure the president to resign. One twitter...