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More Fathers Opt for Parental Leave amid Changing Culture, Strong Policy Drive

More Fathers Opt for Parental Leave amid Changing Culture, Strong Policy Drive

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Choi Sang-min, the father of a nine-month-old baby living in the southwestern city of Gwangju, was surprised when his boss recently just signed off without ado on papers he had submitted requesting parental leave. “It was not what I’d expected. Because I heard that when a male colleague applied [...]

Conflict Between Doctors, Gov’t Reignites over Bill on Disqualifying Convicted Doctors

Conflict Between Doctors, Gov’t Reignites over Bill on Disqualifying Convicted Doctors

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A conflict between doctors on one side and the government and the ruling party on the other has become heated over a bill that would disqualify medical doctors convicted of felonies. An association of doctors threatened to carry out “a general strike” of angry doctors across the country if [...]

Harvard Professor Ramseyer to Revise Paper on 1923 Massacre of Koreans in Japan

Harvard Professor Ramseyer to Revise Paper on 1923 Massacre of Koreans in Japan

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A Harvard professor, criticized for his depiction of victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery as prostitutes, will “significantly” revise another controversial paper on the 1923 massacre of Koreans in Japan, a co-editor of an academic handbook said Saturday. In an email interview with Yonhap News Agency, Alon Harel, the [...]

S. Korea to Spend 670 bln Won on Cyber Security by 2023

S. Korea to Spend 670 bln Won on Cyber Security by 2023

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s ICT ministry said Thursday it will spend 670 billion won (US$607 million) by 2023 to bolster the country’s cyber security capabilities to respond to growing new digital threats. The Ministry of Science and ICT said it will develop infrastructure to quickly respond to cyber security threats, by [...]

S. Korea to Increase Number of Eco-friendly Cars to 7.85 mln by 2030

S. Korea to Increase Number of Eco-friendly Cars to 7.85 mln by 2030

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Thursday the accumulated number of eco-friendly cars running in the country will reach 7.85 million by 2030, in line with its vision to go fully carbon-neutral by 2050. The target will mark a sharp rise from 820,000 units tallied in the previous year, according to the [...]

Global Luxury Brands Face Criticism for Lack of Social Contributions in S. Korea

Global Luxury Brands Face Criticism for Lack of Social Contributions in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Global luxury brands are raking in huge dividends in the South Korean market, while being stingy about making donations. According to the 2019 audit reports of ten foreign luxury brands, their local branches paid 140.2 billion won (US$126 million) in dividends and commissions to their headquarters. The combined sales [...]

New Law Obliges Public Agencies to Reduce Use of Disposable Products

New Law Obliges Public Agencies to Reduce Use of Disposable Products

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A recommended list of instructions for public agencies on reducing the use of disposable products will soon become a legal obligation. The Ministry of Environment recently announced plans for enactment of this new law. The new bill bans public agencies from buying or using disposable products during official events [...]