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Long Working Hours, Falling Wages Threaten S. Korea’s Gig Economy Workers

Long Working Hours, Falling Wages Threaten S. Korea’s Gig Economy Workers

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Platform workers, the lifeblood of the country’s emerging gig platforms that offer delivery, ride-hailing and housekeeping services, are often exposed to dire working conditions such as low pay and long working hours, a study showed Wednesday. In contrast to the notion the lifestyle would give workers the freedom to [...]

S. Korea to Strengthen Regulations for Better Animal Welfare

S. Korea to Strengthen Regulations for Better Animal Welfare

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Tuesday it plans to adopt tougher regulations to prevent animal cruelty and to provide animals with a better living environment as part of efforts to improve animal welfare in the country. The set of strenghtened policies, which runs through 2024, will focus on enhancing the public’s [...]

Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Animal rights groups held a rally in protest after the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs included dogs under the category of livestock in the enforcement ordinance of livestock legislation. The “Companion Animal Organization” against dog meat held a rally near the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, Sunday [...]

S. Korea’s Hydrogen Economy Drive Going Smoothly

S. Korea’s Hydrogen Economy Drive Going Smoothly

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s bold drive to promote the use of hydrogen for power generation, vehicles and other industires is witnessing progress as sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars increased sharply last year and more charging stations were installed, the industry ministry said Monday. Seoul unveiled its so-called hydrogen economy drive [...]

Conglomerates Battle to Secure Water Resources on Jeju Island

Conglomerates Battle to Secure Water Resources on Jeju Island

JEJU, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Competition to preempt natural water sources on Jeju Island in the domestic mineral water and beverage market is intensifying. Jeju’s clean groundwater has an unrivaled presence in the South Korean market. Samdasoo, volcanic bedrock water produced and bottled by the Jeju Province Development Corp. (JPDC), has maintained the top [...]

Seoul City to Turn Old Highway into 7.6 km-long Park

Seoul City to Turn Old Highway into 7.6 km-long Park

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — In another attempt to emulate New York’s landmark High Line, the Seoul city government unveiled a plan to build a gigantic linear park on the site of the country’s oldest highway, which will be turned into an underground roadway. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it plans to spend 57.3 [...]

Dog Anthelmintics Offer Solace to Terminally Ill Cancer Patients

Dog Anthelmintics Offer Solace to Terminally Ill Cancer Patients

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Dog anthelmintics are becoming highly valued in South Korea as a panacea. Last October, comedian Kim Chul-min, a late-stage lung cancer patient, revealed that he had taken Fenbendazole for seven weeks. After weeks of taking the medication, his blood work all came back normal. Since then, there has been [...]

After 28 Years, Rally Protesting Japan’s Wartime Sex Slavery Still Going Strong

After 28 Years, Rally Protesting Japan’s Wartime Sex Slavery Still Going Strong

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A winter chill on Wednesday could not silence the voices that for nearly three decades have been calling for Japan’s apology over wartime sex slavery, a mission that has gained urgency as the few remaining victims continue to age. A few hundred people, including activists, students and one of [...]

Unusual Animal Protection Campaign Draws Public Attention

Unusual Animal Protection Campaign Draws Public Attention

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A rather unusual animal protection campaign depicting animals as mysterious and attractive creatures is drawing public attention. On Tuesday, Innocean Worldwide Inc., one of South Korea’s leading advertising agencies, uploaded a video clip titled ‘Super Animal Fur’ on YouTube. The video follows a poacher who is after the fur [...]

Majority of S. Koreans Say Government Can Use Their Health Data for Public Good

Majority of S. Koreans Say Government Can Use Their Health Data for Public Good

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Most South Koreans are willing to tolerate the sharing and use of their health information, measured by smartphone applications, for public good such as the development of treatments for incurable diseases. According to an online survey conducted by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade on 500 ordinary [...]