COVID-19 Shrinks Life Expectancy in S.Korea for First Time Since 1970

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) – Babies born in South Korea last year are expected to live 82.7 years, down from 83.6 years in 2021, the statistics agency said on Friday, after life expectancy fell in 2022 for the first time since 1970, hit by a spike in deaths linked to COVID-19. Following a global trend of … Read more

North Korea’s Kim Calls for Military Readiness Against Any ‘Provocation’

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for his military to be ready to respond to any “provocation” by the enemy, state media said on Friday, after Pyongyang vowed to deploy stronger armed forces and new weapons along its border with the South. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have increased since … Read more

South Korean Farmers Scuffle With Police at Protest Over Dog Meat Ban

[ad_1] By Jimin Jung and Dogyun Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – About 200 South Korean farmers who breed and raise dogs for human consumption held a rally on Thursday near the presidential office in the capital Seoul, demanding the government scrap a plan to ban the controversial centuries-old practice. Dozens of farmers, who had tried to … Read more

Four BTS Members to Begin S.Korean Military Service Mid-December

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) – The remaining four members of K-pop supergroup BTS will begin their military service in mid-December, joining the three who are already serving, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing music industry sources. The seven-member group is on temporary break while members carry out South Korea’s mandatory military service. South … Read more

Rapidus Hunts for Engineers to Help Japan Regain Faded Chip Glory

[ad_1] TOKYO (Reuters) – Government-backed Japanese chip foundry venture Rapidus is hunting high and low – including among industry veterans and overseas – to find engineers to help it revive a chip industry that was once the envy of the world. Underpinned by billions of dollars in subsidies, Rapidus aims to mass manufacture 2-nanometre logic … Read more

North Korea’s Kim Received Photos Taken by Spy Satellite of White House, Pentagon -KCNA

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received photos of the White House, Pentagon and U.S. aircraft carriers in the naval base of Norfolk, taken by its recently launched spy satellite, state media KCNA said on Tuesday. North Korea last week successfully launched its first reconnaissance satellite, which it has said was … Read more

South Korean City Turns to Matchmaking to Boost Low Birth Rates

[ad_1] SEONGNAM, South Korea (Reuters) – Against the backdrop of Christmas songs, 100 South Korean men and women gathered at a hotel near Seoul dressed in their best with name tags hanging on their clothes, hoping to find love. The government hopes they make babies. They were participants at a mass blind-dating event hosted by … Read more

North Korea Lashes Out at Critics, Hints at More Satellite Launches

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea warned on Monday it would continue to exercise its sovereign rights, including satellite launches, state media KCNA reported, citing the foreign ministry. The report on a statement from a foreign ministry official also criticized a joint statement released by the United States, South Korea and other countries aimed at … Read more

North Korea Deploys Troops, Weapons Near Border After Military Pact Suspended -Yonhap

[ad_1] SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has deployed soldiers and heavy weapons at guard posts near the border with South Korea following the suspension of a military accord between the countries, news agency Yonhap reported on Monday, citing South Korean military officials. (Reporting by Hyunsu Yim; Editing by Ed Davies) Copyright 2023 Thomson Reuters. [ad_2] … Read more

Vietnam Set to Raise Effective Tax Rate on Multinationals as Part of Global Deal

[ad_1] HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s parliament is set to approve on Wednesday a top-up tax for multinationals, which will raise the effective rate of the corporate levy to 15% from January in line with a global agreement. Vietnam had initially planned to combine the approval of the tax with measures to partly compensate large foreign … Read more