October 01, 2015 09:26 The number of foreigners who visited Korea to obtain driving licenses surged from just 55 in 2009 to 4,949 last year, and most were Chinese, according to the police. Chinese nationals accounted for 94 percent of those foreigners since most regional governments in China recognize Korean driving licenses after an additional written test at home. Chinese travel agencies are marketing seven-day tour packages to Korea for 7,000 to 10,000 yuan and the trips are selling like hot cakes. It is notoriously difficult to obtain driver’s licenses in China, where applicants must undergo 63 hours of training and tests are easily failed. After a failed test, applicants cannot reapply for 10 days, and six failures mean they have to start from scratch. In Korea the rules are much easier. Applicants need to undergo only 13 hours of training and wait only one to three days to reapply if they fail a test. The written test is also offered in Chinese. A 23-year-old Chinese … [Read more...] about More Chinese Take Advantage of Easier Korean Driving Tests
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July 22, 2015 11:53 The city of Shanghai will no longer recognize driver's licenses Chinese visitors obtain on Jeju Island and other parts of Korea, the China Daily reported Tuesday.The move is aimed at preventing Shanghai citizens from flying to Korea to get easier and cheaper licenses. The Shanghai city government said it will no longer recognize driving licenses obtained by Chinese citizens on short-term visas or visa-free trips to Jeju but could still recognize licenses obtained by expats who lived abroad for at least three months.The Beijing News said 90 percent of the 1,093 people who obtained driver’s licenses on Jeju from January to May of this year were Chinese.In Shanghai, it takes at least three months and costs 10,000 yuan to get a license, but in Korea it costs only 7,000 yuan and takes five or six days. Read this article in Korean Korea to Clamp down on Driving-License Tourism Driving Test to Get Tougher More Chinese Take Advantage of Easier Korean … [Read more...] about Shanghai to Stop Tourists Getting Korean Driving Licenses
27 July 1953 The war ends when a truce is signed by a representative of the US-backed UN forces, and a representative of North Korea and allied Chinese forces. South Korea was not a signatory. There is no formal peace treaty, meaning the two countries remain technically at war. The Korean war cost 2 million lives. January 1968 North Korean commandos launch a failed assassination attempt on the then president of South Korea, Park Chung-hee. 15 August 1974 There is another assassination attempt on Park Chung-hee, by a North Korean agent in Seoul. Park survives, but the first lady is killed. 9 October 1983 North Korean agents target the venue of a visit by South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan to Burma, killing more than 20 people including four South Korean cabinet ministers. The president escapes. 29 November 1987 North Korea blows up a South Korean civilian airliner, killing 115 people. The US decides to include the North on its list of countries that support terrorism. 1991 North and … [Read more...] about Timeline: North Korea – key events since the end of the Korean war
The new chairman of Japan's national broadcaster NHK has expressed regret for defending the country's use of wartime sex slaves during remarks in which he also suggested he would toe the government line on key diplomatic issues. Katsuto Momii faced calls to resign over the comments, made at the weekend during his first press conference as head of NHK, and quickly drew criticism from South Korea, a victim of Japan's militarism in the first half of the 20th century. The furore also risks adding to the prime minister Shinzo Abe's diplomatic woes amid rising tensions with China and South Korea over territorial disputes and interpretations of Japan's wartime conduct. Momii said brothels were "common in any country at war" at the time, and described as "puzzling" criticism of Japan's enslavement of up to 200,000 mainly Korean, Chinese and Filipino women – euphemistically known as "comfort women" – in frontline brothels across Asia between 1932 and 1945. "Can we say there were … [Read more...] about Japan public broadcasting head regrets defending use of wartime sex slaves
Samsung gives CES 2019 attendees a first look at 5G smartphone Samsung is showing off its 5G smartphone prototype at CES 2019, giving users a first taste of what the device will look like. Special Feature Special Report: How 5G Will Transform Business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, explores how 5G will connect the Internet of things, edge computing and analytics infrastructure with minimal latency. Read More Among Samsung's numerous businesses, probably no other has been plagued more by rumors of an imminent exit than its network business in recent years. From 2014 to 2016, when Samsung Group -- of which Samsung Electronics is the crown jewel -- was commencing its biggest restructuring in over a decade, many considered the network business to be at the top of the list to go. Businesses that had little to do with IT were sold first, such as its defence business in 2014. Samsung sold its printer business … [Read more...] about Samsung and 5G: Will this time be different?