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Sex Slave Statue Removed from Japanese Expo Finds New Home

Source | 2019/08/18 | Permalink

A statue of a girl is displayed at an art exhibition in Aichi Prefecture, Japan on Aug. 4. /Yonhap

A statue of a Korean woman forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan in World War II, which was removed from the Aichi Triennale art exhibition in Japan last week, has been bought by a media business owner in Spain...More

Karaoke Rooms Go out of Fashion

Source | 2019/08/18 | Permalink

Karaoke rooms are disappearing as the lifestyles of working people change. Once wildly popular with Koreans of all ages, the facilities are on their way out as Koreans increasingly go home early thanks to the shorter working week, gather over a mellow cup of coffee or spend time with their families. According to a report by the KB Financial Group on Sunday, the number of karaoke rooms in Korea peaked in 2011 with 35,316 and has been dwindling since. As of May this year, there were still 32,796, but while 295 new ones popped up between January and May, 675 shut down. Korea's first karaoke room opened in 1991 near Donga University in Busan. Korea was qu...More

Nearly 60% of Young People Say They're Unhappy

Source | 2019/08/18 | Permalink

About a half of Korea's young people said they are unhappy, a poll suggests.

The poll released early this week was conducted among 2,500 men and women nationwide aged between 15 and 34 by the Korea Labor Institute in September last year...More

Korea's Middle Class Is Shrinking

Source | 2019/08/18 | Permalink

The proportion of middle-class households has fallen to a record low as income polarization grows.

Middle-class households took up just 58.5 percent in the first three months of this year, the lowest since statistic began in 2006, according to Statistics Korea...More

Tourism from Japan Still on the Rise

Source | 2019/08/18 | Permalink

Tourism from Japan has increased in recent months despite an escalating spat between the two governments that has spilled over into a boycott here.

A total of 850,453 Japanese tourists visited Korea from May to July, up 21.6 percent from the same period of last year, according to the Justice Ministry on Tuesday...More

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