South Korea

China Declares War on K-Pop Superstars BTS over Pro-U.S. Remarks

Samsung removed products referring to the world’s most famous South Korean pop (K-pop) band Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS), Chinese communist propaganda newspaper Global Times claimed on Sunday, after communists expressed outrage that the band applauded the relationship between South Korea and America.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

South Korea Uses Coronavirus to Try to Stop Conservative Rallies

South Korea’s prime minister on Wednesday warned dissidents they face a “stern” response from authorities should they move forward with plans to stage massive anti-government rallies next month in the nation’s capital, Seoul. The rallies would defy a city-wide ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

TOPSHOT - A woman weeps as members of pro-US conservative right-wing and religious christian groups wave flags and shout slogans during an anti-government rally in the central Gwanghwamun area of Seoul on August 15, 2020. - Thousands of anti-government protestors defied official social distancing warnings to hold rallies as South …

Abe Shinzo Retires After Eventful Career as Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, 65, officially became his country’s longest-serving prime minister on Monday. He announced on Friday that he will resign due to health concerns, capping a remarkable career that left three of his greatest ambitions unfulfilled: Revising the Japanese constitution to allow more initiative in national defense, returning Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea, and officially wrapping up World War II by securing a peace treaty with Russia.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech at the lower house of the parliament on January 20, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese Diet convened a 150-day ordinary session today. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

South Korea Blames Pastor for Worst Coronavirus Outbreak in Months

The Seoul city government said on Sunday it will take action against a conservative pastor accused of violating self-quarantine rules and obstructing authorities’ efforts to conduct contact tracing at a church where at least 319 new Chinese coronavirus cases have caused South Korea’s worst outbreak in over five months.

In this April 20, 2020, photo, Sarang Jeil Church pastor Jun Kwang-hun speaks outside a detention center in Uiwang, South Korea. Jun who has been a bitter critic of the country's president has tested positive for the coronavirus health authorities said Monday, Aug. 17, two days after he participated in …

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Shaves Controversial Mustache

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea shaved off his mustache recently to stay “cool” during the country’s hot summer months after his controversial facial hair drew heat from anti-U.S. activists who claimed the mustache was a nod to former Japanese colonial rulers, Reuters reported on Monday.

US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris poses for a photo after a group interview at the ambassador's residence in Seoul on January 16, 2020. - Washington has compromised in its demands that South Korea should pay billions of dollars towards US troop presence and it was Seoul's turn to …