SEOUL — South Korean President Moon Jae-in struck a conciliatory tone towards Japan on Thursday, offering to "join hands" if Tokyo chooses dialogue as relations between the two dip to fresh lows. Seoul and Tokyo are mired in long-running disputes over Japan's use of forced labour in the first half of the 20th century. The two neighbours have been embroiled in a tit-for-tat trade war that saw them remove each other from their lists of trusted trading partners this month, raising concerns over global supply chains. That came after Tokyo imposed restrictions on exports crucial to tech giants such as Samsung last month, following a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for wartime labour. But Moon sought to dial down the temperature on Thursday, saying Seoul was willing to work with Tokyo to secure "fair trade and cooperation" in the region. "If Japan chooses the path of dialogue and … [Read more...] about S. Korea’s Moon offers conditional olive branch to Japan
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TOKYO — Japan has approved the export to South Korea of some key products for the first time since introducing stricter trading rules amid an ongoing row between the two US allies. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Thursday that Tokyo had given the green light to export to South Korea chemicals used in chipmaking and smartphone manufacturing. "We don't usually announce individual cases of export permits but I'm making this public exceptionally because South Korea's government has made the unfair criticism that our move is something like an export embargo," he told reporters. On July 4, Japan tightened the rules on awarding official permits, meaning that screening applications could take up to 90 days. The move was widely seen as hitting out at South Korea amid a long-running dispute between the two countries -- both democracies and market economies - over the use of forced labour during World War II. But Seko said some applications made after July 4 had … [Read more...] about Japan OKs key exports to S. Korea for first time under new rules
Khoa Thư Ethnic minority women from Trang Village listen to the bulletin during their VSLA meeting. — VNS Photo Khoa Thư HÀ NỘI — Meticulously wrapping a white linen scarf around her head, adjusting a silver necklace, Lý Thị Mai made the final touches before joining her friends. To the Dao woman, there are few occasions worth dressing in her traditional attire – a black dress with colourful brocade patterns, white scarf and silver jewellery. Summer is not a festive season in Thành Công Commune’s Trang Village, Nguyên Bình District, the northern mountainous province of Cao Bằng. Mai and her friends were on the way to their frequent VSLA (village savings and loan association) meeting where they could listen to the latest bulletin on market prices and parenting. The monthly gathering is a highly-anticipated event for some twenty ethnic minority women even if it means they have to wake up earlier in … [Read more...] about Better access to information means better chances to thrive
A bee nest box is made by digging a tree trunk and covered with rocks. — Photo thanhnien.vn QUẢNG NAM — Hồ Văn Phước is absolutely buzzing about bees. That's because the Phước Lộc Commune, Phước Sơn District, Quảng Nam Province resident has hundreds of nest boxes on tree trunks that provide the main source of income for his family. Like many other people from the Giẻ Triêng ethnicity in remote Hamlet 6, Phước started to learn how to make bee nest boxes on tree trunks when he was small, following his father to the deep forests. The villagers make new boxes and check old ones in the lunar month of early February when the weather is warm and enjoy their sweet rewards in May. They choose big tree trunks with a lot of shade that are located near streams to make the nest boxes, but pleasant smelling trunks are the best choice. Each nest box with 40cm … [Read more...] about No honey means no money for these villagers
Over 12,000 registered to donate blood, and more than 11,000 blood units, doubling the set target, were donated for medical treatment. PANO would like to introduce several photos featuring the event’s activities. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (C) joins a walking parade calling for blood donation At a booth to register as blood donors A large number of people donate their blood during the festival Gifts presented to child patients under treatment at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion Translated by Song Anh … [Read more...] about Donating a drop of blood means to save a life!