Daily newsletter for September 28, 2022
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Korean airlines add more flights to Japan as demand increases
Airlines are adding more flights to and from Japan as the country opens visa-free travel and Koreans rush to fly abroad.

Asiana Airlines announced Tuesday it will bump up its Incheon-Narita flights to 12 times a week starting Oct. 30, up from the current 10 flights a week. There will be 10 Incheon-Osaka flights per week, compared to the current seven.
Metaverse faithful see the future after the fall
With crypto in the dumps and the flop of the NFT market, skepticism is running high about the metaverse. Stocks of metaverse companies crashed this year, led down by Meta, formally Facebook.

Supporters of the technology, in which simulated worlds are generated by computer systems and people live and work in them as avatars, say that the fall is just part of the journey to the next big thing.
Hyundai Department Store executives face possible charges
Hyundai Department Store executives could be jailed or fined under the Serious Accidents Punishment Act following a fire at a Hyundai Premium Outlet location that killed seven.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor has initiated an investigation into whether employees of the company, which operates Hyundai Premium Outlet branches, can be punished for violating the act.  
Hints dropped that USFK might have to help defend Taiwan
U.S. military and diplomatic officials made remarks Monday implying that South Korea could be expected to work with the United States to support a defense of Taiwan in case of a conflict with China.  
In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Tuesday, retired Gen. Robert Abrams, who served as the commander of the United States Forces Korea (USFK) from 2018 to 2021, said that the United States will keep open "all options" in deciding what forces might be used in the event of a military conflict between China and Taiwan, "including those assigned to the USFK."  
DP wants foreign minister out after hot mic embarrassment
The liberal Democratic Party (DP) called for the dismissal of Foreign Minister Park Jin to hold him accountable for President Yoon Suk-yeol's recent disaster-plagued overseas trip.  
Rep. Wi Seong-gon, the DP's chief deputy floor leader, told reporters Tuesday that "all 169 DP lawmakers" decided to submit a motion in the National Assembly calling for Park's dismissal "without any disagreement."    
Seoul Beauty Month runs from Sept. 30 to Nov. 2
The city of Seoul is set for a festive October, as it hosts the Seoul Beauty Month festival, featuring Korean cosmetics, music and taste.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Tuesday, Seoul Beauty Month will be held from Sept. 30 through Nov. 2. The Beauty Month will be organized in 10 parts under three themes: industry, travel/tourism, and culture.  
BTS's V to guest host MBC's radio show 'Kim Eana's Starry Night'
BTS's V will appear on MBC's "Kim Eana's Starry Night" as a special host, according to the radio show's social media on Monday night. 
V will be co-hosting the show with singer Park Hyo-shin on Tuesday and Wednesday.   
Hanbok designed by Kim Yuna to be showcased during London fashion show
The hanbok, or Korean traditional dress, that Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kim Yuna took part in designing will be showcased on the runway of a London fashion show, according to Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Tuesday.
The fashion show titled "Hanbok Fashion Show, The Hanbok Wave" (translated) will be held at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on Tuesday. A video of the fashion show will be posted on the museum's "Hallyu! The Korean Wave" exhibition website afterward.   
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