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Earthquake Aftershocks: Unprecedented CSAT Postponement Catches Public Off-Guard

Earthquake Aftershocks: Unprecedented CSAT Postponement Catches Public Off-Guard

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – While the city of Pohang and its surrounding regions continue to deal with aftershocks from the 5.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the day before, the government delivered its own stunning blow by postponing the state-administered college entrance exam to November 23.  Originally scheduled to take place on November 16, the [...]

Is China’s THAAD Retaliation Coming to an End?

Is China’s THAAD Retaliation Coming to an End?

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Expectations are running high ahead of a presidential summit between South Korea and China that China’s months-long economic retaliation over the politically charged THAAD anti-missile systems might be finally coming to an end. It was the agreement between foreign ministers from both countries last month to recover and improve the [...]

Moon Cracks Down on Nepotism, Corrupt Hiring Practices

Moon Cracks Down on Nepotism, Corrupt Hiring Practices

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — “Looking at the recent corrupt hiring practices revealed at certain public institutions, the extent makes one wonder whether corruption has become the norm rather than the exception.” Speaking on October 23 at a meeting with his senior presidential secretaries, Moon excoriated the existence of corrupt hiring practices, setting the [...]

Haetae: The Much-Loved Mascot of Korea

Haetae: The Much-Loved Mascot of Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Sculptures of the legendary creature Haetae can be spotted around Seoul, often near historical landmarks and other high-profile locations like the National Assembly Building. Shaped like a lion with a horn on its forehead, the imaginary animal from Korean mythology is known as a guardian that fends off fire [...]

Government Ups Ante on Anti-Smoking Regulations, but Concerns over Enforcement Remain

Government Ups Ante on Anti-Smoking Regulations, but Concerns over Enforcement Remain

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is a smoker’s paradise no more, as the government has in recent years been stacking one anti-smoking regulation on top of another. Its latest move: a bill revising the nation’s health law, revisions that among others will establish being caught smoking in an anti-smoking apartment complex a [...]