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Questions tagged [south-korea]

Questions relating to the government or politics of the Republic of Korea (ROK)

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What was the 2016 presidential scandal in South Korea about?

In 2016, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was caught up in a scandal with allegations of her being controlled by a religious cult. I have also heard rumours of her jailing or otherwise ...
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Why are South Korean content laws so strict?

I am from South Korea, and in my country, graphic content laws are extremely strict - so strictly enforced that the following events had happened: 19+ filter on Google and YouTube Government blocked ...
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What would a ''united'' Korea look like for the west…? [closed]

After decades of isolationism from the South, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he wanted to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons when he met with a special envoy from South Korea, the ...
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Why would the US want a peace treaty in the Korean peninsula?

The United States have some projects in South Korea that would be negatively impacted by cooperation with the North: A ballistic missile defence (BMD) system in South Korea. Its defence area allow to ...
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How much influence has Donald Trump had on current efforts to improve relations with North Korea?

Recently it has been reported that: Kim Jong-un has pledged a "new history" in relations with his neighbour as he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the ...
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Which flag will North and South Korea march under at the Olympic games?

I read through a BBC article which stated that Kim Jong Un's sister is likely to attend the opening ceremony of this years Olympic games in Pyeongchang. The was one thing that got me confused though: ...
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Which part of the Korean border is off-limits to North Korean soldiers?

The North/South Korean border looks like: So there are at least 3 (or possibly more) borders that can be crossed: The North Korea/DMZ border The military demarcation line The DMZ/South Korea border ...
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Why doesn't South Korea give up its claim on North Korea?

By now it's completely obvious that the Korean peninsula won't be reuniting any time soon. It's also quite likely that the South wouldn't want a full reunification anyway given the enormous economic ...
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Has the Korean War actually ended?

Charles Armstrong on 26 May 2010 stated that: The Korean War began 60 years ago on June 25, 1950, and it still hasn't ended. Fighting on the Korean Peninsula may have stopped with a cease-fire ...
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Since the war, why did South Koreans make Seoul their capital again?

Seoul is very close to North Korea. Indeed, during the war, the city was even at times controlled by North Korean forces. During this time, Busan was the capital of South Korea. However, today, Seoul ...
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What is the role of the South Korean military service in case of a war with North Korea

South Korea is still officially at war with North Korea and Kim Jeong-Eun, the North Korean leader, regularly threatens to attack the South to various extents. South Korea has a mandatory military ...
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Is there any cooperation between South Korea and Japan in the area of defense production?

Is there any cooperation between South Korea and Japan in the area of defense production given they have several common enemies in the region?
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Did China do anything to prevent its citizens from traveling to South Korea other than banning its travel agencies from selling package tours?

After South Korea implemented the THAAD system, the number of Chinese tourists has dropped significantly. The tally of Chinese visitors came to 281,263 last month, down 69.3 percent from 917,519 ...
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Why is China annoyed at the installation of THAAD in South Korea?

China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang stated on April 25th 2017: "China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to stop actions that worsen regional tensions and harm China's ...
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What is the history and purpose the of US and South Korean annual military exercises?

Is there actually a practical purpose in these exercises? Or is it a way to intimidate North Korea and remind them of the US's military powers? If not, couldn't they just hold these exercises ...
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Are there artists in Canada, USA or Europe who also claim to have been punished for going against government, corporate, media or military objectives?

South Korean artists file a class-action lawsuit against their government over blacklisting, as stated by CNN here: (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/asia/south-korea-ex-culture-minister-indicted/) ...
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Is it illegal to be a communist in South Korea?

I heard from a friend that "Communist activities" are banned in South Korea. How extensive are punishments and persecution to people who do these activities, what qualifies a communist activity, and ...
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South Korean Cabinet and National Assembly

Given the current presidential scandal in South Korea, I am very interested in the mechanisms of their government. It seems that there is no specific criteria for being a minister. In my country, ...
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Why hasn't South Korea restored its monarchy?

I can understand North Korea not wanting to restore the Korean monarchy to its country, as I assume they are officially opposed to feudalism, but I don't understand South Korea not doing so. Korea ...
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Why does the US still have military bases in Japan and South Korea?

Why does the United States still have military bases in Japan and South Korea? As far as I'm aware, the bases are large, active, and the source of a reasonable amount of controversy within the host ...
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What's the purpose of Japanese officials visiting Yasukuni shrine?

Every now and then, while skimming the paper I find news like this. While I understand that the LDP must ensure the support of the conservatives at home; to my view that is already covered: ...
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How to explain that Japan and South Korea are democratic but very collectivistic countries?

Both Japan and South Korea are democratic but still very collectivistic countries. Why democracy did not make Japan and South Korea more individualistic?
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What, if known, are South Korea's contingency plans if the North Korea regime suddenly collapses?

They probably keep it secret, but what is known about South Korea's plans if the North Korea regime suddenly collapses? Or what have observers/scholars suggested will happen?
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Is the Naminara Republic recognized by any nation?

According to Wikipedia (citing http://www.namisum.com), the "Naminara Republic" declared itself as a country: the "passport" issued from Naminara is required in order to enter Namisum. It declared ...