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[Photo News] BTS walks red carpet at 2018 MAMA in Japan

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BTS hit the red carpet at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Japan.Arguably one of the most high-profile acts to hit the annual music awards, BTS trumped Mnet’s online poll in five of the 18 categories: this year’s best group, best dance performance for male groups, best music video, best song and best artist. The monthlong poll garnered 10,942,117 votes. (Mnet) (Mnet) (Mnet)The septet was the last to walk the red carpet at the three-part MAMA’s second ceremony dubbed “Fan’s Choice Japan,” held
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Hacked lawmaker’s email sent to defense agencies: report

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 A South Korean lawmaker’s email account had been hacked by an unidentified group as an alleged attempt to steal classified information from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, a local newspaper reported.  According to Donga Ilbo on Tuesday, an unidentified group stole the identity of Rep. Baek Seung-joo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and sent an email to the JCS, DAPA and Korea Institute for Defense Analysis, among others.  The email was rep
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[Graphic News] Public servant most-coveted job among Korean adults: poll

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 A civil servant position is the most sought-after job among South Korean adults, though most of them aim to take jobs as office workers for practical reasons, a poll showed. Of 1,143 job seekers and salaried people questioned, the largest portion - 26.7 percent - said they wanted to work for the government or a public institution regardless of the reality, according to the survey conducted by online job portal Saramin. Another 16.2 percent said they hoped to run a restaurant or other independen
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Tax agency probing Google Korea: sources

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South Korea’s tax agency has launched an investigation into a local office of US tech giant Google Inc. amid rumors of tax evasion by some YouTubers here, industry sources said Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the National Tax Service sent auditors and investigators to the headquarters of Google Korea in Gangnam, southern Seoul, to secure accounting books and other financial records, they said. Industry watchers suspect that some well-known high-income YouTubers evaded taxes by not fully reporting
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[Newsmaker] 15-story building in Gangnam evacuated after signs of collapse

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15-floor office building in Gangnam, Seoul, was evacuated and left vacant Wednesday after signs of its impending collapse were reported the day before. City officials who inspected the building concluded that it was dangerous.Seoul’s Gangnam District Office designated the Daejong Building in Samseong-dong, Gangnam, as a “Class-3 Establishment,” the lowest safety level, meaning that it presents a “high risk of disaster” or requires “continuous management to prevent disasters.”(Yonhap)Wide cracks
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Indicted governor requests suspension of Democratic Party membership

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The Democratic Party of Korea’s leadership on Wednesday deferred taking any disciplinary action against Gyeonggi Provincial Gov. Lee Jae-myung, who has been indicted on several charges, including violating the election law.The ruling party has been reviewing what action to take against its member Lee, who has been investigated by police over a series of allegations regarding his family and his election campaign for the governorship. On Tuesday, the prosecution indicted him without physical deten
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[Eli Lake] Google’s China problem is America’s China problem

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When employees first learned of the Google project known as Dragonfly, there was an internal uprising.It is easy to see why. The project, a search engine for China, would not only help a totalitarian regime censor the web, it could also track internet users. Thousands of Googlers eventually went public with their opposition, signing an open letter in protest of the project. Is it any surprise that a company that canceled a contract with the Pentagon to sort through drone video images would be qu
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[Tyler Cowen] How Meng Wanzhou’s arrest might backfire

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I am concerned by Canada’s recent arrest and possible extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Meng was traveling in Canada, switching planes using a Chinese passport, when she was taken into custody. If sent to the US, she would face charges of trying to defraud US financial institutions, each carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years. And because of potential flight risk, she is not an obvious candidate for bail. It is quite possible that her life as she knew it simply has end
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[Kim Young-suck] Song of peace for 200th anniversary of ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’

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On the Dec. 24, 1818, the Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” was created by two friends, Franz Xaver Gruber, an organist, and Rev. Joseph Mohr, a priest at the St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria. The song was first performed by the church choir with the accompaniment of a guitar at the Christmas Eve mass at the St. Nicholas Church.In December 1914, not long after the outbreak of World War I, the allied forces of the French and English armies fought against German armies day after
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[Letter to the Editor] Feminism debate a step forward

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I disagree with San E’s priorities in regards to feminism, but it seems like a good amount of his opposition is based on misinterpretation. His initial release of “Feminist” is him playing a character, and much of his criticism is constructed as if those lyrics are a literal expression of his ideals. Instead, the track is a satire of men who pretend to be feminists and internally resent the movement. To me, it didn’t reveal much about his direct views on feminism. His subsequent releases “6.9 cm
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[Robert B. Reich] Tip for Tariff Man

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“I am a Tariff Man,” Trump tweeted last week. “When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.” I’m sorry, Mr. President, but you got this wrong. Tariffs are paid by American consumers. About half the $200 billion worth of Chinese goods you’ve already put tariffs on come almost exclusively from China, which means American consumers are taking a
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[Jayati Ghosh] Political roots of falling wage growth

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It’s now official: Workers around the world are falling behind. The International Labor Organization’s latest Global Wage Report finds that, excluding China, real (inflation-adjusted) wages grew at an annual rate of just 1.1 percent in 2017, down from 1.8 percent in 2016. That is the slowest pace since 2008.In the advanced G20 economies, average real wages grew by a mere 0.4 percent in 2017, compared with 1.7 percent growth in 2015. While real wages were up by 0.7 percent in the United States (v
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[Editorial] Time for a real shift

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Alarm bells are sounding all over for the Korean economy. One might even think now is a good time for a change of command for the government’s economic policy team. But Tuesday’s change of command from Kim Dong-yeon to Hong Nam-ki, both career bureaucrats, still leaves the question open: Will the presence of a new deputy prime minister responsible for the economy be enough to redress the long list of problems -- from the low growth trap to the job crunch to a worsening slump affecting mom and po
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Business owners in Itaewon open up on TV about gentrification

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Young restaurant and cafe owners recently opened up to TV personality Sam Okyere about the effects of gentrification on the once-lively neighborhood of Itaewon -- now a place beset with rising rents and fewer visitors.Okyere was walking around Itaewon filming an episode of tvN’s new variety show “Shift,” which aired Friday, in which he pretended to be a candidate campaigning for the 2022 local elections in the Yongsan district.During the documentary-style episode, he met with business owners in
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KT launches epidemic prevention platform in Kenya

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KT will establish a platform to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases across the African continent, in partnership with the Kenyan government, the South Korean mobile carrier said Wednesday. The company broke ground for the Global Epidemic Prevention Platform that will serve as a center for collecting and analyzing data on contagious diseases in traveling areas and particularly critical regions, sent by Kenya’s No. 1 carrier Safaricom. A ceremony was held to mark the occasion at Safaric
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Samsung to be reshaped centering on AI, auto parts and 5G

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Samsung Electronics’ year-end organizational restructuring focuses on three new businesses: artificial intelligence, vehicle components and the fifth-generation network, according to the industry on Wednesday.The tech conglomerate has worked on realigning current business divisions and units, and transfers of positions, all of which are to be completed by Thursday. While maintaining the current three divisions -- device solutions, IT and mobile communications, and consumer electronics -- each di
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[Monitor] More and more married couples having no children

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Nearly 38 percent of couples who have been married for five years or less had no children as of November last year, according to government data.Among 11.03 million married couples, 37.5 percent were childless, up 1.2 percentage points from the previous year, Statistics Korea said.Among dual-income couples, 43.3 percent had no children, while the figure was 32 percent for single-income couples.Of couples where the wives were economically active, 43.7 percent had no children, while the figure was
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[Herald Review] ‘Aquaman’ goofy but fun and visually stunning

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It’s apparently a backward day in DC town; its crown jewels, including the iconic fight between Batman and Superman, turned into a snore-fest, while one of its least beloved heroes exceeds expectations and could herald a Warner Bros. comeback after a series of superhero flops.Let me clarify one thing: I do not think James Wan’s “Aquaman” is even remotely close to being a superhero masterpiece, or even on par with “Wonder Woman,” the highest-rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes that is based on charact
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CJ inks licensing deal with Warner Bros. for Korean market

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products has appointed CJ ENM as its licensing agent in Korea, CJ officials said Wednesday.According to a press release from CJ, the Korean company has been entrusted with establishing a licensing business for WBCP’s portfolio of brands, including classic animation franchises Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and Scooby Doo; DC franchises including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League; and the Wizarding World brand, which includes the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic
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BTS’ team sweeps four awards at 2018 MAMA in Seoul

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BTS did not attend the first night of the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards, but the group’s presence was still felt, as its team swept four awards at the event. Held Monday at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, the first part of the three-day event saw awards being presented to rookie artists who had debuted recently, which was why BTS did not attend.  This photo of BTS and Bang Si-hyuk was posted on Bang`s Twitter account on Dec. 29, 2014.The event also recognized the efforts of those behind K-pop g
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