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KEI Contributor – Korea View

What Happened After a 7-year trial, the Seoul court ruled on January 8 that the Japanese government must pay reparations to 12 Korean women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII. The Japanese government claimed the legal case should be dropped based on state immunity, a doctrine that makes states immune to civil suits…

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Region: Asia

February 4, 2021

What Happened On January 20, Moon Jae-in announced he would replace Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha with special advisor Chung Eui-yong. There has been some speculation from the opposition People Power Party that Kang’s dismissal is in response to negative comments towards the incumbent foreign minister from Pyongyang. The Blue House stated that Chung was nominated to facilitate a closer relationship with…

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Region: Asia

February 2, 2021

What Happened Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the second time for bribing former President Park Geun-hye’s close advisor. While the court gave Lee a shorter sentence than average for the crime, 46% of the Koreans in a survey believed that the punishment was too harsh. Recently, the Seoul Central District…

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Region: Asia

February 1, 2021

 What Happened: President Moon Jae-in vowed to focus more on increasing housing supply to discipline runaway real estate prices. The government attributed the failure of its previous effort to deliver affordable housing to the growth of households despite the shrinking population. The administration plans to develop more housing sites near train stations in Seoul and surrounding areas…

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Region: Asia

January 29, 2021