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Animal interaction helps foster development

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Students interact with cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs on April 11 at the Hoseo Animal-Assisted Therapy Center at the Seoul Hoseo Occupational Training College to learn how to get along with animals. Provided by the Seoul Hoseo Occupational Training College

Earlier this month at the Seoul Hoseo Occupational Training College in Gangseo District, western Seoul, a number of high school and college students gathered in a classroom containing a variety of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs...More

Choi promises to help Jeju tourism

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, second from left, and Jeju Gov. Won Hee-ryong, far left, visit the Jeju Myths and History Theme Park on Friday to be briefed about development of the Resort World Jeju. It is the nation's first resort complex, slated to open in 2017. Provided by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance

Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan promised renovation and expansion of key tourism infrastructure on Jeju Island, including Jeju International Airport, inner-city duty-free stores and cruise ship facilities, as part of efforts to keep Jeju a major tourist destination...More

U.S. reps advise Abe to apologize

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

In a joint letter to the Japanese ambassador to the United States on Thursday, a bipartisan group of 25 American lawmakers urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "reaffirm and validate" the apologies expressed by previous leaders.

The appeal sent to Kenichiro Sasae comes less than a week before Abe is scheduled to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, a first for a Japanese prime minister. Abe's speech will be closely monitored because it is considered a practice run for a statement in August to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II....More

From Korean Outsider in Japan to Prima Ballerina in London

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Choe Yu-hui performs "La Bayadère" at the Royal Opera House in London in April 2013. /Corbis

Choe Yu-hui is a first soloist with the Royal Ballet in London and the only Korean in the company. She started dancing at the age of five and moved to Paris to train at the Paris Opera Ballet at the age of 14.

In 2002, when she was 17, Choe won first prize and the contemporary dance prize in the Prix de Lausanne...More

Marriages Continue to Drop as Economy Sags

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

The number of marriages has fallen to a record low as more couples postpone their plans to tie the knot amid economic woes.

According to Statistics Korea on Thursday, the number of marriages stood at 305,507 last year, down 5.4 percent from 2013...More

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