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US diplomat to discuss trade scuffle between Seoul, Tokyo

A top U.S. diplomat for East Asia is visiting here to convey Washington's view that Seoul and Tokyo should seek a diplomatic solution to their burgeoning trade war. David R. Stilwell, the new U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, will arrive in Seoul, Wednesday, to hold talks with foreign ministry officials including Minister Kang Kyung-wha, and senior presidential aides. Some analysts expect he may speak publicly about the feud. “Stilwell will deliver Washington's message that both sides need to seek a diplomatic solution as soon as possible,” a presidential aide said Tuesday.

Farmers, fishermen fear Japan's expanding export curbs

The domestic agriculture and fishery industries are expressing growing concern that their products could be the next target of Japan's trade restrictions against Korea, local officials said Tuesday.

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David vs. Goliath: South Chungcheong's battle against coal

On the morning of July 4, Dangjin Energy Center Chief Lee In-soo was at a community center in the village of Daehoji in Dangjin, explaining how and why the agricultural community of 2,850 could and should switch to clean energy. The head of the city's team promoting clean energy explained why switching from coal to renewable energy resources like liquefied natural gas (LNG), sunlight and wind was necessary; that coal - a major cause of air pollutions in Korea - was a finite resource; and that moving to clean energy was a global trend.

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Trade war approaching critical point

This week will be crucial for both South Korea and Japan as the feud between the two countries continues after working-level talks over Japan's export controls ended without results.

Former lawmaker Chung found dead

Chung Doo-un, former lawmaker of the Saenuri Party, the predecessor of the now main opposition Liberty Korea Party, was found dead on a mountain in Seoul, Tuesday.

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Expensive veterinary clinic fees lead to abandonment of pets

A total of 5.93 million households, or 23.7 percent of the country's total population, are raising a pet here, and 80 percent of them take their animals to a veterinarian clinic at least once a year. On average they spend an annual 300,000 won ($254) to 400,000 won per year on checkups for healthy pets.

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