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Hikes in Minimum Wage Prompt Small Shop Owners to Cut Labor Forces: Gov’t

Hikes in Minimum Wage Prompt Small Shop Owners to Cut Labor Forces: Gov’t

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The labor ministry said Tuesday some small business owners responded to steep hikes in the minimum wage by firing workers, in its first official statement about the impact of the recent wage raises on employment. Between November 2018 and April, the government conducted an in-depth interview survey on four [...]

80 pct of Unmarried Men and Women Want to Date a Non-Korean

80 pct of Unmarried Men and Women Want to Date a Non-Korean

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent survey has revealed that 8 in 10 unmarried men and women were willing to have a relationship with a non-Korean. Matchmaking agency Duo Info Corp. conducted a survey of 408 unmarried men and women, specifically 197 men and 211 women, and released the results on Thursday. According [...]

Taxi Driver Burns Himself to Death in Apparent Protest of Ride-sharing Services

Taxi Driver Burns Himself to Death in Apparent Protest of Ride-sharing Services

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A taxi driver burned himself to death Wednesday in an apparent protest of the introduction of carpooling services by the country’s taxi-hailing app operators. The 76-year-old man, identified only by his surname, Ahn, set fire on himself at around 3:19 a.m. near Seoul Plaza in central Seoul, according to [...]

Seoul City Supports Neutralization to Prevent Pet Abandonment

Seoul City Supports Neutralization to Prevent Pet Abandonment

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) reported on Tuesday that it will push for “Animal Medical Service” to support animal registration and neutering operations on pets of the underprivileged in order to prevent animal abandonment. A Seoul city official reported that the pet neutralization surgery prevents unwanted breeding and prevents [...]

Civil Groups Call on U.S. Gov’t to Compensate for Dioxin Contamination at Camp Market

Civil Groups Call on U.S. Gov’t to Compensate for Dioxin Contamination at Camp Market

INCHEON, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — As the South Korean Ministry of Defense is taking steps to decontaminate Camp Market, a U.S. Army base located in Incheon’s Bupyeong District that is polluted with dioxins, civil groups say the costs should be borne by the United States Forces Korea (USFK). Almost 50 civil groups from Incheon [...]

Gov’t Must Step in as Shelters are Overflowing with Rescued Animals

Gov’t Must Step in as Shelters are Overflowing with Rescued Animals

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Animal activists who rescued 60 dogs that had been left at a dog farm held a press conference at the fifth exit of the National Assembly building in Seoul at noon on May 11 and demanded that the government take responsibility and protect rescued animals that need emergency relief. [...]

Foreign Students Could End Up Paying 7 Times More for Health Insurance Premiums Under Revised Law

Foreign Students Could End Up Paying 7 Times More for Health Insurance Premiums Under Revised Law

SEJONG, May 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting in July, foreign students could end up paying about seven times more for health insurance premiums as they do now as a revised law requires them to join the state health insurance system if their stay in South Korea exceeds six months. So far, most foreign students have [...]

Free Entrance for Those Who Wear Hanbok According to Gender is Discrimination

Free Entrance for Those Who Wear Hanbok According to Gender is Discrimination

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recommended that the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) correct a situation under which men wearing men’s hanbok and women wearing women’s hanbok only are allowed to enter historical palaces free of charge. The commission claimed that the current policy is a form [...]

50,000 Won in Gifts for Those Who Adopt Abandoned Pets

50,000 Won in Gifts for Those Who Adopt Abandoned Pets

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced on Thursday that it will give 50,000 won (US$42.46) worth of congratulatory gifts to citizens who adopt abandoned animals under a business agreement with Samsung Card Co., the credit card arm of South Korea’s top conglomerate Samsung Group. Under the agreement, the SMG [...]