Daily Archive: October 17, 2021

New infections fall to 1,400s; eased virus curbs ahead

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily new COVID-19 cases fell to the 1,400s on Sunday, as health authorities plan to apply eased distancing rules for a gradual return to normal life.The country added 1,420 more COVID-19 cases, including 1,403 local infections, r…

K-pop album market bullish despite pandemic

SEOUL– The local pop culture market has suffered a heavy blow from the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, but the K-pop industry remains less affected thanks to the strongest sales of physical albums in a decade.”Noeasy,” the second full-length album by bo…

CHINA SURPRISES U.S. WITH HYPERSONIC MISSILE TEST, FT REPORTS

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sources.The report late on Saturday said the Chinese military launched a rock…

Japan PM Says Fukushima Wastewater Release Can’t Be Delayed

Japan’s new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents.Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking of…

Kishida sends offering to controversial Yasukuni Shrine: report

SEOUL– Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday sent his first ritual offering to a controversial war shrine since taking office earlier this month, a news report said.Kishida sent a “masakaki” tree to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to celebrate …

Seoul logs coldest mid-October morning in 64 years

SEOUL– Temperatures in Seoul sharply dropped to nearly 1 degree Celsius on Sunday, marking the coldest morning for mid-October in 64 years, the state weather agency said.The morning low in Seoul came to 1.3 C in the day, the lowest since Oct. 19, 1957…