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Chinese TV Shows Continue to Copy Korean Variety Programs

Chinese TV Shows Continue to Copy Korean Variety Programs

SEOUL, Jul. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The practice of plagiarism of Korean variety television programs by Chinese program producers has become even more explicit recently. Lacking an effective resolution, Korean producers have no way to fight back as of yet. Earlier in the month, China’s largest provincial satellite television channel, Hunan TV, launched a new [...]

Mom-and-pop Stores to Reject Any Hike in Minimum Wage

Mom-and-pop Stores to Reject Any Hike in Minimum Wage

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Owners of mom-and-pop stores on Friday called on the government to freeze the minimum wage in 2019, claiming rising labor costs will seriously impact their profitability. If the government moves to raise the minimum hourly wage from the current 7,530 won, the Korea Federation of Micro Enterprise (KFME) won’t [...]

Record Breaking Number of Foreigners Come to Korea to Learn the Language

Record Breaking Number of Foreigners Come to Korea to Learn the Language

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — With K-pop music breaking global music records, the number of international students who arrived in South Korea last year to study Korean also reached an all-time high. And for the first time, the number of language students surpassed those who were in the nation to earn an academic degree. [...]

Minimum Wage Hike a Net Positive for Low Income Earners: Study

Minimum Wage Hike a Net Positive for Low Income Earners: Study

SEOUL, Jul. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A new study has found that among young South Koreans earning less than 2 million won per month, few experienced a salary decrease following the increase in the minimum wage. The activist group “Youth Community Union” announced the results today after surveying 255 individuals between 19 and 39 years [...]

Shipbuilding Subcontractors Ask Gov’t to Investigate Illegal Practices by Major Players

Shipbuilding Subcontractors Ask Gov’t to Investigate Illegal Practices by Major Players

SEOUL, Jul. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Subcontractors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Samsung Heavy Industries, the three largest players in the nation’s shipbuilding industry, have asked the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) to carry out an in-depth investigation into illegal practices among the ‘big three’. A single committee instigated [...]

Catholic Community Expresses Outrage Over Burned ‘Body of Christ’

Catholic Community Expresses Outrage Over Burned ‘Body of Christ’

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The local Catholic community expressed outrage Wednesday after a member of a radical anti-male women’s group openly damaged a sacramental wafer, known as the Body of Christ, with a message lashing out the religion for oppressing women. On Tuesday, the unidentified member of the Internet-based misandry group “Womad” posted [...]

South Koreans Rank Last on Well-Being Survey

South Koreans Rank Last on Well-Being Survey

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – A new study by Cigna Corporation, the parent company of LINA Korea, the first foreign provider of life insurance in Korea, showed that the perception of health and quality of life by South Koreans worsened compared to last year, resulting in the lowest levels of perceived well-being amongst all [...]

Shoppers Turn to the Internet for Food Products

Shoppers Turn to the Internet for Food Products

SEOUL, Jul. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of South Korean consumers are rushing to online stores to buy fresh food products that have traditionally been purchased at large supermarkets or hypermarkets. According to mobile e-commerce company Ticket Monster, the company’s online “supermarket” that sells daily necessities via the Internet revealed today that fresh [...]