Smoking Still Rampant Among Teenagers
Smoking remains a significant problem among teenagers, despite some small reduction in the statistics. The smoking rate among teenagers rose from 11.8 percent in 2005 to 13.3 percent in 2007 but fell to 9.7 percent last year, below 10 percent for the first time, according to government data. >> Full Text
Mitsubishi Rejects Settlement with Korean Victims
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has rejected a recommendation by the Gwangju High Court for a mediated settlement with Korean plaintiffs seeking compensation for being forced into labor during World War II. The decision is based on a guideline by the rightwing Japanese government not to settle such lawsuits on their own for fear of setting a precedent. >> Full Text

Three Out of 10 Conglomerates Cut Back on Hiring
Three out of 10 conglomerates plan to reduce the number of new hires in the second half of this year, according to a survey by the Federation of Korean Industries and Research and Research among the nation's top 300 businesses. >> Full Text

Models show a trophy for MVP in Incheon on Wednesday, two days ahead of the start of the 2014 Asian Games. /Newsis

Chinese tourists try cosmetics in a department store in Seoul on Wednesday.

Girl group Kara pose before a concert to celebrate the Asian Games in Incheon on Wednesday.

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