Natasha Willhite, US Correspondent of Korea IT Times

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Stories from Natasha Willhite, US Correspondent of Korea IT Times


Wisconsin, USA –January 6, 2012 – Recently news broke that some workers at several Korean automobile plants –who work third shift – put in hours beyond the legal limit. Kia and Hyundai want to prevent this occurrence by completely getting rid of the third shift and splitting the day shifts into two separate shifts.


Wisconsin, USA – January, 5 2012 – If S Korea wanted to generate more business, it may achieve it through mega-sales and perks for foreigners who travel there to participate in the activities –January 9 through February 29.

Wisconsin, USA –January 4, 2012 – It is a thought that weighs heavy on the minds of exporters in S Korea; will the currency volatility cause the U.S. to buy less products and cause further damage to its economy? After all, the inflation is making it more expensive for the U.S. to import goods.

Wisconsin, USA –January 3, 2012 – From the U.S. perspective, the ever-changing policies and limitations between North and South Korea can be frustrating; one day S Korea may give food aid and the next it may not; one day it may allow its citizens to enter N Korea and the next it may not; the list goes on and on.

hand shaking

Wisconsin, USA –January 2, 2012 – According to several news reports from several Korean news agencies, President Lee Myung-bak –often characterized as a ‘rat’ in cartoons – announced in the New Year address that he would leave open opportunity for N Korea to peace and stability; in particular, it’s focus is ridding of the nuclear arms so that N Korea could be included in the six-party talks.

no peace

Minnesota, USA –December 29, 2011 – Of all the ‘peace talks’ held around the world –particularly in the Asia region – it appears that there is more ‘talking’ than action to follow; the phrase “actions speak louder than words” rings in our ears.


Minnesota, USA –December 28, 2011 – Since 2007, there was a struggle to implement a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between S Korea and the U.S.; however, in October of this year the countries came upon an agreement, which would launch in early 2012.

US passport

Minnesota, USA – December 27, 2011 – South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Tuesday –Korea time – that it will start taking ‘inkless fingerprints’ of both index fingers of travelers in order to ensure the best security for the local people and legitimate travelers; the change

n korean child

Minnesota, USA –December 26, 2011 – Since the death of Kim Jong Il –leader of N Korea – there is a question mark that hangs above the heads of many; what will happen to N Korea and what can we expect for the future of the people there?


Minnesota, USA –December 22, 2011 – Although the U.S. White House did not confirm whether Carter indeed sent a condolence letter in which the former president supposedly stated he was sorry for Kim’s loss and wished him success in the future.


Minnesota, USA –December 21, 2011 – Although companies such as Samsung produce more than electronics, it is the only type of item that hits the U.S. market. But does this mean that Korea does not think it can compete in any other sector or that it is not profitable enough to do so?


Minnesota, USA –December 20, 2011 – Despite the battle between Samsung and Apple –which began with Apple suing Samsung for ‘infringement’ in 2010– both companies basically pat each other on the back by continuing to do business with each other; According to several reports, the Samsung plant in Austin, Texas is producing parts such as CPUs for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2.


Minnesota, USA –December 16, 2011 – Amazon announced on Thursday that for the past few weeks it has been selling 1 million Kindles per week; the specific details were not mentioned, but the fact is obvious: everyone wants one of these small devices and it will eventually lead to more material created for them.


Minnesota, USA –December 15, 2011 – News hit that Microsoft plans to implement automatic updates for all of its users of Internet Explorer (IE); it would not seek users’ approval or even notify them as to the automatic updates starting in January. Some users may be upset that they lost ‘control’ when it is not as big of a deal as it seems.


Minnesota, USA –December 14, 2011 – We heard both sides of the story for shooter games; some say that ‘normal’ individuals who play will not act violently in real life while others say that it desensitizes individuals so they are more likely to do these activities in life.


Minnesota, USA –December 13, 2011 – For centuries, the use of censorship was as natural as breathing; although there is not a significant amount of censorship in the U.S. –at least when it comes to adult viewing materials –, it is still a tremendous issue.


Minnesota, USA – December 12, 2011 – It should be no surprise that the ‘privacy’ issue is making an appearance for other companies other than Facebook –undoubtedly this instance is the most known and it is closely tied to it; if the current U.S.


Minnesota, USA – December 7, 2011 – We are taught from a young age in school that the more companies that are offering a product or service, the better it is for the country. After all, it encourages competition in price and quality. Yet, when could we consider there to be too many options that it is difficult for consumers to make a choice?


Minnesota, USA –December 6, 2011 – After years of debate on whether a new domain should be created for pornographic websites, it arrived and anyone can purchase it for only $USD 60. Yet, there is still speculation on if it is a wise decision to segregate this from the rest of the internet sites.

net surfing

Minnesota, USA –December 5, 2011 – Pew Research and American Life Project conducted a survey, which showed that 58% of U.S. adults spend time online merely to ‘pass the time’; when bored or faced with unpleasant tasks such as cleaning, many individuals will turn to the internet as a distraction.

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