Lee Jae-yong, heir to Samsung who was found guilty of bribery and embezzlement in 2017, has received a special presidential pardon.
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Even after elections in March, South Korea’s politics will still feature three unchanging elements that weaken its democracy.
The presidential candidate for South Korea’s ruling party started a debate this week over public healthcare insurance for hair loss.
To ease tensions between the US and China for trade motives, South Korean chipmakers are increasing lobbying efforts in Washington.
Life in South Korea for North Korean defectors may not be as challenging as back home but they face major day-to-day hurdles.
“Gwangju” is a musical created in 2020 to remember a watershed moment that took place in Korea’s democracy uprising 40 years ago.
To improve relations with the North, South Korea is trying to replicate the success of the “sports diplomacy” at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
South Korea wants to push through with a unified dictionary of the Korean language to achieve peace but there is silence from the North.
A new law in South Africa intends to stop residents in the South from sending materials to the North. HRW has urged that the bill be scrapped.
South Korea’s democratic system contrasts its northern neighbor’s repressive communist system yet it is intimidating North Korean rights groups.