Japan Threatens Further Retaliation
Japan on Saturday threatened more retaliation unless Korea agrees to resolve a dispute over compensations for wartime forced-labor victims through a third-country arbitration panel. Japan has already slapped restrictions on exports of three materials that are vital to Korean producers of microchips, smartphones and TVs.
Japan Exported Missile, Drone Components to N.Korea
New Bilingual Driver's Licenses Can Be Used Abroad
Koreans' Affection for Japan at Historic Low
10 N.Korean Defectors Arrive from 3rd Country
Korea Has World's Fastest Smartphone Internet
Pre-Orders for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Available Early Next Month
NATIONAL/POLITICS
New Law Punishes Consensual Sex with Vulnerable Minors
People who have consensual sex with vulnerable minors will be punished with at least three years in jail under a new law aimed at strengthening protection for minors. The law goes into force Tuesday.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea Racks up Highest Trade Deficit in a Decade
North Korea racked up a trade deficit of US$2 billion last year due to economic sanctions, the highest figure in 10 years. North Korea imported $2.31 billion worth of goods but exported only $294 million, resulting in a deficit of $2.02 billion.
BUSINESS
Samsung Secures Emergency Supplies of Restricted Japanese Materials
Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong on Saturday called an emergency meeting of top executives to tell them to prepare for the impact of Japanese curbs on exports of high-tech materials to Korea.