February 23, 1993
Kim Young Sam on Thursday will take over as South Korea's first civilian president since 1961 in an inauguration ceremony that, unlike earlier spectacles staged as displays of overseas support for authoritarian rulers, will include no foreign leaders as guests. Kim, a former opposition leader who joined forces with outgoing President Roh Tae Woo in 1990, is expected to quickly name a prime minister and a Cabinet.
April 21, 1991 |
The implications of improved Soviet relations with South Korea, not Japan, are the big story from Mikhail Gorbachev's recent visit to the region. If South Korea succeeds in undermining Soviet support for North Korea, outcomes that could resonate throughout Asia are possible. Gorbachev's failure to advance Soviet-Japanese relations dramatically during his unprecedented visit to Tokyo is not surprising, though some voices have tried to make it into a sign of Gorbachev's decline.
April 2, 1991 |
When the Hankyoreh Shinmun was established in May, 1988, no one doubted that it would become a strong anti-Establishment voice--if the government permitted it to survive. More than 60 of its initial 144 reporters had been purged from journalism in 1975 and 1980 by President Roh Tae Woo's predecessors. Thirty others quit jobs at established newspapers and took pay cuts of more than 50% in exchange for the greater freedom that the Hankyoreh paper promised.
January 11, 1991 |
Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu on Thursday promised a new era of partnership with Seoul--and improved legal rights for Koreans living in Japan--at the end of two days of talks with Korean officials. In his first visit here since becoming prime minister in 1989, Kaifu said his talks with President Roh Tae Woo had laid the basis for a "future-oriented, friendly relationship" between the nations, whose relations are still strained by the memory of more than 30 years of brutal Japanese rule.
October 30, 1990 |
A smiling Yoon Yong Wan, 29, adjusted his 20-month-old son's trousers while his wife packed away the baby's milk bottle as they prepared to leave Seoul's Olympic Stadium to the strains of the 1988 Games' theme song, "Hand In Hand." "I was quite moved," said Yoon, a shopkeeper, who had taken the afternoon off to see the South Korean national soccer team beat North Korea's team, 1-0, before an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 80,000 fans.