Facing an unprecedented job crunch, many young South Koreans are signing up for government-sponsored programs designed to find overseas positions for a growing number of jobless college graduates in Asia's fourth largest economy. But the jobs are not always as advertised.
A growing number of K-pop star wannabes are coming from Japan. The influx of Japanese talent is reshaping South Korea's K-pop industry, but comes at a time of increasingly bitter political acrimony between the two countries that has damaged diplomatic ties.
As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrive in Hanoi for a second summit, there is a chance that there could be a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War. But that kind of announcement would give North Korea leverage over South Korea, argues a Tufts professor.
The Vietnam summit on Feb. 27 and 28 is expected to yield key moves regarding denuclearization, international sanctions against Pyongyang and a possible declaration ending the Korean War. Yet, many South Koreans seem apathetic at best.
Correspondent Jason Strother reports that South Korean president Lee Myung bak will be lobbying for passage of a bilateral free trade agreement during his upcoming visit to the United States, and while the Bush administration supports the agreement, lawmakers in both countries still need to be convinced.
Jason Strother reports that the Olympic torch will arrive in South Korea this weekend and human rights activists in Seoul want to use the event to focus attention on China's forced repatriation of North Korean refugees.
In today's Geo Quiz -- we asked for the name of the sea that lies between the Korean peninsula and the islands of Japan. The answer depends on whom you ask. The Sea of Japan is the internationally recognized name, but Koreans prefer the East Sea or the East Sea of Korea. Any of those serve as the answer to our quiz.
Seoul is already calling for imports to be restricted again; protesters have put pressure on President Lee Myung Bak and they say he's exposing the nation to mad cow disease by allowing the import of US beef, as Correspondent Jason Strother has the story.