SEOUL, South Korea (AP):Yoo Young Yi’s grandmother gave birth to six children. Other advanced countries have similar trends, but South Korea’s demographic crisis is much worse. The fertility rate, he said, is plunging even though South Korea spent 280 trillion won (US$210 billion) over the past 16 years to try to turn the tide. She said South Korea failed to establish such welfare programmes during its explosive economic growth in the 1960s to 1980s. “After seeing this, I realised my concentration at work would be greatly diminished if I had babies,” Yoo said.
He repeated his pledge to significantly reinforce Japan’s military capability within five years. Kishida said Japan urgently needs to build more warships, strengthen antimissile capability, and improve working conditions for troops. Kishida said Japan will further strengthen the deterrence and response capability of the Japan-US alliance. Australia, Canada and Britain will join part of the drills, while France, India, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea are expected to take part as observers. China has reinforced its claims to virtually the entire South China Sea by constructing artificial islands equipped with military installations and airfields.24 days ago Jamaica Gleaner
She’s only about 10, but her new, bold photos are deepening the debate over whether she’s being primed as a successor. KCNA described her as Kim’s “most beloved” or “precious” child, a more honorific title than her previous description of “(Kim’s) beloved” child on its November-19 dispatch. State media-released photos showed the daughter in a long, black coat holding her father’s arm as the two posed for a photo. Others showed Kim’s daughter clapping her hands, exchanging handshakes with a soldier or talking to her father as people cheered in the background. But speculation that his eldest child is a son has led some experts to question how a daughter can be Kim’s successor given the deeply male-dominated, patriarchal nature of North Korean society.3 days ago Jamaica Gleaner
For four decades after World War II, climate change and job-displacing artificial intelligence was not on anyone’s mind, and terms like ‘deglobalisation’ and ‘trade war’ were on nobody’s lips. Sound regulation and capital controls subdued boom-bust cycles and kept major financial crises at bay. And though we certainly had debt crises following the 2008 crash – the result of excessive household, bank, and government debt – we also had deflation. Multiple, persistent negative supply shocks have coincided with debt ratios that are even higher than they were during the global financial crisis. At the same time, geopolitical conflicts and national-security concerns will continue to fuel trade, financial, and technology wars, accelerating the deglobalisation process.25 days ago Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica's senior Reggae Girlz going through their stretching exercise during an early morning session at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay on Tuesday. Though still in assessment mode, Head Coach Lorne Donaldson expressed intentions to throw the full weight of his senior Reggae Girlz team at Paraguay to kick-start their two-match friendly international series at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall today. However, Donaldson pointed out that his side his ready to give a good a good showing. We expect them to do that actually, they look lively so far and I think everybody wants to get a game in," Donaldson noted. I thought she is a good solid centre back to bring in because we have to make it competitive," Donaldson shared.21 days ago Jamaica Observer
US President Joe Biden, left, arrives with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, Monday, November 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. Yet, at the G-20 summit in Indonesia this week, one seat will remain vacant,” wrote Sunak, who took office last month. “Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine is creating food and energy crises. US officials said no joint statement was expected after the meeting with Xi and suggested policy breakthroughs were unlikely. In 2009, top G-20 leaders began holding annual meetings to craft a response to the global financial crisis.17 days ago Jamaica Observer
A mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea, became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley, killing at least 146 people and injuring 150 others in South Korea's worst disaster in years. An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in Itaewon for the country's biggest outdoor Halloween festivities since the pandemic began. The South Korean Government eased COVID-19 restrictions in recent months. The last South Korean disaster this deadly also hit young people the hardest. This was the deadliest crushing disaster in South Korean history.1 month ago Loop Jamaica
Ambulances and rescue workers arrive at the street near the scene of a crowd surge in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022. There are growing questions here about why South Korea hasn’t learned its lessons since the 2014 sinking of the ferry Sewol, which killed 304 people — mostly teenagers on a school trip. That disaster also prompted national soul-searching on the country’s failure to enforce safety and regulatory rules. “When it comes to public safety, I think we aren’t an advanced nation at all, though we might have grown economically,” said Park You Nam, 60, who runs a jewellery shop in Seoul. He said South Koreans have focused instead on finding, criticising and punishing anyone responsible each time an incident occurs.27 days ago Jamaica Observer