The North Korean Children Welfare Act of 2012 Signed into Law in the States

The U.S. president has signed the North Korean Child Welfare Act into Law. The bill, in short, urges the U.S. Secretary of State to protect North Korean children in nations outside of North Korea. The bills were passed by Congress with a unanimous vote of each chamber. Numerous orphaned North Korean children are living in China in less than adequate conditions. Many of the parents of these children have been repatriated back to North Korean from China by force. The

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Most Japanese are Shocked when they Realize the Latent Antipathy the Rest of Asia Including Korea still holds toward them.

President Lee Myung-bak’s recent demand that the Japanese emperor formally apologize prior to a future visit has been considered belligerent by vocal Japanese commentators. And yet the emperor needs to stand up and do the right thing, if only for the overall welfare of the Japanese. While Japanese right-wing extremists often attract media attention, most Japanese are eager to put Japan’s differences with its neighbors behind them. In fact, most Japanese are shocked when they realize the latent antipathy the

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The Greying Radicals in Korea and How they May Harm Your Korean Business

As an American who has spent half my life in Northeast Asia, it has taken me some time to get my head around why we see so many more graying radicals on the left and the right in this part of the world than we see in the West. Last week, I was reminded about this widespread political phenomenon while reading an article about Kim Young-hwan in this paper’s companion, the International Herald Tribune. Kim Young-hwan was an iconic student

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Korea, China, Japan – East Asia FTA Negotiations to Commence

It has been reported in local news outlets that China, Japan and Korea have vowed to commence free trade negotiations and cooperate in alleviating the issues with North Korea. Korea’s Yonhap News has reported, in part, that: During annual summit talks in Beijing, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also agreed to start preparations to launch official negotiations on a three-way free trade agreement by the end of the year. The

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Denuclearization of North Korea: Korea’s red herring by Tom Coyner (IPG’s Senior Advisor)

During the past couple of weeks the North Koreans have once again pulled the red herring across the trail in an attempt to distract the rest of the world from the fundamental Korean issue. Dutifully, commentators and government officials have editorialized and issued statements about terms and conditions for yet another possible round of negotiations. Please, would someone give us a break? Could someone in any concerned government service come out and state what’s really going on? Allow me to

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North Korea Amends Foreign Investment Law

In a move to attract more investment from abroad, North Korea has amended the foreign investment law.   The amendment has been reported by the North Korean main news agency. The details of the revisions have not, yet, been publicly announced by the North Korean government, but previous changes have been less substantive and more political in nature. The amendments seem nothing more than a reaction to the Chinese dismissal of North Korea’s efforts to entice China to invest in a

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China Rejects North Korea Law on Developing of Two Border Islands

The tension between North Korea and China is rising.  China has rejected a proposal by North Korea to jointly develop two islands on the border of China and North Korea.  The islands are at the mouth of the Yalu River. The islands, Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa were intended to act as a free trade zone for China manufacturers.  The Chinese government rejected the offer because of alleged less than fair terms and possibly the insistence on the North to keep its

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