South Korea

The “Statues of Peace”: Remembrance or Incitement?


One of the important components in the Korean-Japanese confrontation over the issue of “comfort women” is represented by the statues with standardized designs dubbed “Statues of Peace”, which South Korea and its affiliated NGOs are trying to set up not only all throughout the country, but the entire world. Typically, each such new statue causes another scandal…

Grandmother Business: the Scandal is Flaring Up


In October 2020, an important change occurred in the situation that surrounds the issue of “comfort women”. Starting in 2021, subsidies for housing and healthcare services will be provided directly by the government of the Republic of Korea to the “victims of sexual slavery during WWII”. These issues are currently dealt with by a nongovernment organization…

The Fukushima Daiichi NPP and its Radioactive Water Problem


From time to time, Korean media and environmentalists associated with them raise the question of an impending global environmental catastrophe, which will happen when the Japanese authorities dump thousands of tons of radioactive water into the sea after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The excitement…

Seoul’s “New Old” Proposal to End Inter-Korean Conflict


On September 22, 2020, South Korean President Moon Jae-in “called for a declaration to the end of” the Korean conflict in a prerecorded speech addressed to the participants of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and now is the time to terminate the tragic situation, which…

What’s Wrong with South Korea’s Ministers of Justice


The Minister of Justice position is deemed to be extremely important in South Korea because an individual in this post is responsible for overseeing rule of law and security institutions, particularly law enforcement agencies. De facto in this person’s power to undermine any given investigation or to stage a show trial irrespective of whether…

South Korea’s Conservative Party – a True People’s Power?


On September 2, 2020, the main opposition force of the Republic of Korea, the conservative United Future Party changed its name. Of the three options proposed to the leadership of the party, the name People’s Power Party (PPP) was chosen.  The new name implies “the power coming from the people, exercised for the people and uniting the people into one whole…

What Will a New Prime Minister Bring to Relations between Japan and The Republic of Korea?


On 16 September 2020 Yoshihide Suga, the former Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, was appointed as the prime minister after Shinzo Abe retired due to chronic health problems.  Suga will head the ruling party until the end of September 2021, meaning until Shinzo Abe’s term of office…

South Korean “Patriots”: “What have We Ever Done to Them?”


In September 2020 two scandals unfolded simultaneously in South Korea, both of which can tell us a lot about popular attitudes to racism and bullying in that country. On the one hand there is the fuss about the singer Lee Hyori, who, talking on MBC’s “Hangout with Yoo” chat show claimed that she want to build up her international fan base and plans to adopt…

Moon Jae-in vs. Lee Nak-yon


On August 29, 2020, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon was elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Toburo. He received 60.77% of the delegates’ votes. His rivals for the leadership of the ruling party were former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum and National Assembly MP Park Chul Min. In the author’s opinion, this is another, albeit an imperceptible, political loss…

Will Moon Jae-in Take over Direct Control of ROK Military by 2022?


Recently, the author reported about US-South Korea combined military drills that are usually held in March and April. North Korea has kept a close watch over the exercises that are linked to preparations for the transfer of wartime Operational Control Authority (OPCON) to the Republic of Korea (ROK) from the United States…

On the Joint Exercises between the USA and South Korea


From 16-28 August 2020, the armed forces of the United States and South Korea will hold scheduled joint exercises inside South Korea. Those, in turn, will be preceded by joint exercises held by the two countries to work through emergency response actions; these will take place from 11-14 August. During these exercises, the two allies intend to test South Korea…

What Should Wianbu Defenders Do Once There Are No More Wianbu?


We continue to track a series of scandals related to the fact that a number of NGOs that were involved in the protection of “comfort women”, as it turned out, spent the money on promoting themselves and their leaders, and not on the needs of the victim grandmothers they were commissioned to help. In general, after the country…

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