Korean Wave Slops Back into Japanese Affections
Korean pop and soap operas are worming their way back into the affections of the Japanese, who turned cold amid the endless patriotic spats between the two countries flared up again five years ago. The Koreatown district of Tokyo's Shin Okubo is coming back to life after suffering from a huge drop in visitors since 2012. At one point in 2015 there were just 330 Korean-owned stores, but now there are 440.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Seoul Mayor Insists on Driving Ban in Smog
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Sunday defended his controversial plans to combat air pollution in Seoul. One aim is to ban driving in an odd-even number plate rotation on days when smog is bad.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea Invites U.S. TV Crew to Ski Resort
North Korea has invited NBC, one of the official broadcasters of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, to Masikryong Ski Resort, where South and North Korean skiers are expected to train together.
BUSINESS
Tourist Numbers Plunge Over 20% Last Year
The number of visitors to South Korea dropped 22.7 percent to 13.34 million last year, the Korea Tourism Organization said Monday. The KTO said that the number misses the original target of 18 million but exceeded a target revised to 12.56 million.