Business & economy

How refreshing to have a whole day conference on Korea without a mention of hallyu or the DPRK in the detailed programme (though security on the peninsula has a dedicated panel session in the afternoon). Buy tickets for the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Forum via Eventbrite (top price £40 plus booking fee) LSE SU […]

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FT sticks the boot into Reckitt Benckiser

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2016
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In an article subtitled “Multinational group’s corporate culture is out of step with the public mood” the FT today laid into Reckitt Benckiser for its management and presentation of its troubles in Korea. It was dismaying to see an update mention the “HS Issue” in the same workaday tones as poor sales of the Wet […]

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Event news: King’s College London Contemporary Korea Speaker Series

by Events Editor 10 October 2016
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The London Asia Pacific Centre will be hosting the Contemporary Korea Speaker Series in October-November 2016. Thanks to funding provided by The Academy of Korean Studies, the series will bring to London four top Korean professors to discuss contemporary Korean economics, politics and society. The talks are as follows: 13 October 2016 – Prof Kim […]

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British artist at sea with Hanjin Shipping

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2016
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Winning a residency programme is often a milestone in a young artist’s career. When Royal College of Art MA sculpture student Rebecca Moss won a residency programme from Vancouver’s Access Gallery, that sounded like a huge opportunity. The residency, entitled 23 Days at Sea, involves sailing in a container ship from Vancouver to Shanghai – […]

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Event news: UK-Korea business seminar

by Events Editor 4 September 2016
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Notice of a seminar arranged jointly by the British Korean Society and the Lord Mayor’s office: UK-Korea Business Seminar Mansion House, 23 September 2016 As follow-up to the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to the Republic of Korea in July, the British Korean Society, jointly with the Lord Mayor’s Office, have arranged a business seminar […]

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Slaves to the System Project launches Poland report

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2016
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Slaves to the System, a collaboration between EAHRNK and the Leiden Asia Centre, published their first major report on DPRK workers in Poland at a conference held at Leiden this week: On Wednesday afternoon (6 July) in Leiden, the Netherlands, a new in-depth report on the issue of North Korean forced labour in Poland was […]

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The Reckitt Benckiser death campaign comes to London

by Philip Gowman 9 May 2016
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Reckitt Benckiser’s problems in Korea haven’t had much attention in the UK until recently. But a growing campaign to boycott their products in Korea, and a small group of campaigners who came over to picket the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting on 5 May, have brought the issues into the mainstream. A week ago, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) […]

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Event news: Business Opportunities with Korea, in Birmingham

by Events Editor 12 February 2016
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The Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) is hosting a seminar and exhibition, “Business Opportunities with Korea”, on 15th March 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham city centre. “The UK is now Korea’s second largest trading partner in the EU, and this event offers clear and in-depth knowledge of the processes required […]

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Looking back at 2015: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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Our final look back at 2015: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea. In the news After 62 years of adultery being a criminal offence in the ROK, the constitutional court decided to decriminalise it by a vote of 7 to 2.  Four out of ten married Korean males heaved a sigh of relief  and shares […]

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Hyundai Motor celebrates 10 years in UK with London photo mosaic

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2015
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To celebrate its 10th anniversary in the UK, Hyundai are sending their latest hydrogen fuel cell car in a journey to map The Knowledge in partnership with Ordnance Survey. On the way they are taking photos which will be combined together into a time-lapse video and a giant mosaic. Today’s Evening Standard has more details. […]

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EU-ROK FTA used in pro-EU campaign

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2015
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Interesting to see how the pro-Europe lobby are targeting Korean interests to support their cause. @lklinks, our Twitter account, was recently tagged by @euromove, who describe themselves as “the biggest grassroots, independent, nationwide organisation making the case for the UK’s membership of the EU”, in the below tweet. Also tagged, somewhat bizarrely, were the London […]

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Street food and cooking sauce start-up gets Dragon funding

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2015
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Congratulations to Ben Ansah and Sue Youn, the couple behind street food and Korean sauce company Yogiyo! who secured £50,000 of funding from one of the investors in TV show Dragons’ Den in the episode screened on Sunday 16 August. You can watch their TV pitch on the BBC website here (43’10” into episode 6 […]

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Looking back at 2014: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]

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Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung battle to build the biggest ships

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2015
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Only two years ago there was the naming ceremony for the world’s largest container ship, the Maersk Triple E built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. At 398m long and with a capacity of 18,270 twenty-foot equivalent containers, the ship had its own website, www.worldslargestship.com. Two days ago, the newest largest container ship, the CSCL […]

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Korea’s Economy in Transition – a report from the recent evening at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2014
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Sometimes, when you go along to an evening talk, you are looking forward to the networking rather than the substance of what the speakers will be saying. Perhaps you think you won’t learn much, and you’re going along out of a vague sense of duty, because other people will expect you to be there. Well, […]

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South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition, at Asia House

by Events Editor 17 October 2014
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News of an upcoming talk at Asia House: South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition 21 October 2014, 18:00 – 20:30 Asia House is delighted to invite you to join us for a stimulating discussion on the economic and foreign relations between the EU/UK and South Korea. The format will be a seated conference followed […]

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Burberry – the favoured brand of Korean flashers

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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In the last decade, British fashion brand Burberry manage to rescue itself from the chav associations caused by too liberal licensing of its check design to companies it couldn’t control. But you can’t control the use to which a raincoat is put. And according to the Hankyoreh: Burberry coats have long been sought after in […]

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