Korea Times (Seoul, Korea)

English-language newspaper published daily in South Korea that covers politics, society, business, finance, culture, and sports.

Articles from April 4, 2000

Back in the Swing: KBO Preview
From the time Dan Rohrmeier hit the game-winning triple in the final game of the '99 Korean Series to the beginning of the 2000 season, so much has happened in the Korea Baseball Organization. One team was disbanded, another was formed, and a players...
Conglomerates Advance on Home Delivery Business
Conglomerates are jumping into the home delivery business one after another with the e-commerce market expanding. Their advance on the market is expected to create tough competition with current leaders Korean Express, Hanjin Transportation and...
Cremation Rate Hits 30 Pct Last Year
Cremations are on a steady rise due to lack of grave sites and an improved awareness about the practice of burning the dead. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday that the number of cremations increased to 74,664 last year, accounting...
Cuisine Journey; `Irodori.Irresistable'
Soft sounds of traditional Japanese music waft over you. The floor beneath you is warm and comforting. The light behind the rice paper doors spreads its gentle glow across the room and you see the light reflected in the stream which flows with a subtle...
Daewoo Accuses Hyundai of Foul Play in India
Daewoo Motor India, the Korean carmaker's local subsidiary, is planning to take legal action against Hyundai Motor India and its public relations agent Saatchi and Saatchi for the latter's alleged ``disparaging'' attack ads in Indian newspapers....
Daum's Share Price Prediction Embroiled in Dispute
Daum Communications Corp., a leading Internet portal, is embroiled in a dispute over the optimal price of its shares with brokerage houses producing conflicting predictions. Samsung Securities Co. issued an analysis report Monday, arguing that...
Editorial; Campaign and North Korea
Despite the fact that North Korea has never come up with a clear-cut response to President Kim Dae-jung's Berlin Declaration and other South Korean overtures toward improving inter-Korean relations, the South is embroiled in a dispute over the ruling...
Entertainer Rises to the Top of Club Med Nightlife
Tommy Ong is one of some 80 gentle organizers (GO) at Club Med Cherating. He is in charge of comedies, dramas and shows staged at the resort's theater every night along with the beachside disco. When off the stage, guests hardly associate him with...
Fear Mounts over Cattle Disease Spread Nationwide
Despite the government's all-out efforts to contain foot-and-mouth diseases among cattle, anxiety has been intensifying that the epidemic will spread to many parts of the country, dealing a severe blow to the nation's livestock industry. A disease...
General Trading Cos. Engrossed in Expanding into New Business
The nation's general trading companies (GTCs) are now mobilizing all possible means to make inroads into new business areas like e-commerce, film production, telemarketing, tourism and distribution. The general trading houses -- Samsung Corporation,...
GM Rules out Consortium with Hyundai
General Motors Corp., a U.S. automaker vying to acquire the ailing Daewoo Motor, has promised to make a lump sum payment, should it be chosen as ``partner'' of the Korean car maker that has been put on the block for international tender. During...
Handset Makers Rush to Promote Internet Phones
As the growing market of the mobile phone industry flirts with Internet capabilities, domestic manufacturers are scrambling to grab a share in the so-called Internet handsets. According to industry sources, Internet phones allowing subscribers...
Hassle-Free Vacation Ensured at Club Med
CHERATING, Malaysia - In one of the greenest countries in the world, lies Cherating, a paradise of unparalleled natural peace and beauty where ecologists from different corners of the globe come to explore the 10,000 plant species and animals native...
Health Insurance Workers to Strike over Integration Plan
More than 2,300 unionists at health insurance cooperatives yesterday threatened an indefinite general strike from next Monday over the planned integration of three separate insurance funds. The union workers, who belong to the Federation of Korean...
Judge Demands Criminal Charges against Human Cloning Violators
A Seoul judge has proposed bringing harsh punishment, including criminal charges, to those who conduct human cloning. The judge's argument drew acute attention because it comes at a time when the British government is moving to give the go-ahead...
Korean Air Sues Gov't, Asiana over Allotment of Air Routes
Korean Air has lodged three lawsuits, calling for the revocation of the government's decision to allot the Seoul-Guilin air route to its rival carrier Asiana Airlines. Korean Air also filed two injunctions against Asiana, seeking to suspend Asiana's...
Korean Expert Named ESCAP Head
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a Korean expert as secretary general of the Bangkok-based Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), a Foreign Affairs-Trade Ministry official said yesterday. Kim Hak-su, 62,...
MDP Defends President Kim's Initiative toward Pyongyang
Recently, the government's ``sunshine policy'' of engaging North Korea has come under fire from the opposition Grand National Party (GNP) which regards President Kim Dae-jung's remarks on post-election inter-Korean summit as an election strategy...
New Horizon; Feb. 8 Declaration of Independence (II)
Unlike the text of the ``March 1st Declaration of Independence'' (3-1 DI), the text of the ``February 8 Declaration of Independence `` ( 2-8 DI) has not been readily available in Korea and only a few academic sources printed its full text. Its English...
Opposition GNP Calls Business Boom in NK `Fraud'
The main opposition Grand National Party called President Kim Dae-jung's prediction of a business boom in North Korea a ``sheer fraud,'' aimed just at winning votes in the election. Flatly denying any possibility of the business opportunities in...
Punishment Warned against Doctors, Drivers, Unionists of 4 Automakers to Go on Strike
The government and prosecutors yesterday warned that they will take stern legal actions against doctors and bus drivers who go on strike today. ``We will get tougher with those who go too far in collective actions in illegitimate ways,'' said a...
Southwestern Dance Tradition to Come Alive
During the Choson period, while the southwestern part of Korea was known for its music and painting, the southeastern region gave birth to a distinct dance tradition. Compared to other regions, local dances in the southeastern part boasted dynamic,...
Thoughts of the Times; A Tree Makes A Forest
When I visit Europe, specifically France and the low countries of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, one striking image that meets my eye as I travel by train through the verdant fields and hills -- there are not so many mountains -- is the greenery...
Times Interview; UK Embarks on Confidence-Building Steps with NK
Britain has embarked on a modest confidence-building process with North Korea by maintaining political dialogue and planning to send English teachers to Pyongyang, although it is still premature for the two nations to discuss the establishment of...
US Cerberus to Buy Commercial Bank
Cerberus, a U.S.-based global asset management firm, said it would take over a largest stake of a leading commercial bank in Korea within this year. Choi Hyun-jae, managing director of Cerberus Korea, told The Korea Times during an exclusive interview...
W100 Bil. Fund Planned to Support Foreigners' Entry into Venture Sector
The government plans to establish a fund of 100 billion won jointly with foreign venture capitalists to enable smooth entry by foreign corporations into the Korean venture sector and help domestic venture businesses get on U.S. bourse. At a meeting...