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Dolphin activists stand against new aquarium in South Korea


In the wake of the death of a bottlenose dolphin in the South Korean city of Ulsan, Busan’s brand-new aquarium project is drawing criticism from animal rights activists.

Servitude in disguise: Japan uses trainee program to exploit foreign workers


​Fang, a 36-year old Chinese woman, came to Japan a year ago on the promise of job training, decent pay and a chance to achieve a better life back home.

South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills amid THAAD missile tensions with Beijing


South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual, massive military exercises on Wednesday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his troops to prepare for a “merciless strike” against the enemy forces.

South Korea closes biggest dog meat market ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics


The shutters have started coming down at South Korea’s biggest dog meat market as the country seeks to head off international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption before it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong to be indicted on bribery charges


Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been formally indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement.

Japan’s emperor, empress embark on first ever trips to Vietnam, Thailand


Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after the second world war.

S.Korean prosecutors brand Park as suspect for bribery, indict Samsung heir


South Korean special prosecutors on Tuesday branded impeached President Park Geun-hye as a criminal suspect for bribery charge in collusions with her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of the corruption scandal.

Schoolchildren’s cheers were inappropriate, Japan’s Shinzo Abe says


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday it was inappropriate that a kindergarten in Osaka run by a controversial school operator made children cheer for him during a sports event.

S. Korea formally signs land swap deal with Lotte for THAAD


South Korea's defense ministry on Tuesday signed the land swap deal with Lotte Group for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a ministry official said.

South Korea acting president declines to extend special prosecution probe


South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn will not extend the current special prosecutor's investigation into a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye beyond the Feb. 28 deadline, Hwang's office said on Monday.