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“Bloodied Middle School Student”: Bullying Case Raises Concerns about Police Ineptitude and Juvenile Criminal Law

“Bloodied Middle School Student”: Bullying Case Raises Concerns about Police Ineptitude and Juvenile Criminal Law

BUSAN, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – A bullying case involving a group of female middle school students brutalizing a fellow student in Busan has turned into a national issue as the outpouring of public rage has prompted many to question police competence and juvenile criminal law.  On September 1, a group of four girls gave [...]

Seoul’s Biggest Shopping District Struggles to Survive, but Most Koreans Don’t Care

Seoul’s Biggest Shopping District Struggles to Survive, but Most Koreans Don’t Care

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Hit by the absence of Chinese tourists over South Korea’s deployment of a politically charged THAAD missile defense system, the future of Seoul’s iconic Myeongdong neighborhood is now shrouded in uncertainty. Reports of the economic damage caused by the lack of Chinese tourists on Myeongdong, a busy shopping district [...]

Ever-Changing Seoul Subway Station Names Leave Passengers Confused

Ever-Changing Seoul Subway Station Names Leave Passengers Confused

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Criticism is growing against Seoul Metro’s controversial sale of subway station names, which began as an additional source of revenue to cover its deficits, with passengers slamming the policy that has now resulted in over 30 stations having two different names with little to no relevance to the location, [...]

Meet the Hard-Line Auto Labor Unions So Out of Touch the South Korean Public Call Them ‘Aristocrats’

Meet the Hard-Line Auto Labor Unions So Out of Touch the South Korean Public Call Them ‘Aristocrats’

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — As the country awaits the verdict next week in the wages lawsuit filed by Kia Motors’ labor union, which could have immense consequences for the South Korean automobile industry as a whole in the coming years, the debate over the legitimacy of so-called hard-line aristocratic labor unions is back [...]

Rapid Growth of Dollar Store Giant Daiso Korea a Worry to Small Business Owners

Rapid Growth of Dollar Store Giant Daiso Korea a Worry to Small Business Owners

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – With South Korean dollar store giant Daiso Korea set to reach two trillion won in sales after 20 years of steady growth since its founding, concerns are growing over the negative impact of its dominance on small local businesses. Marking its 20th anniversary this year, Daiso, which specializes in [...]

For Some Koreans, Pets Are Disposable Too

For Some Koreans, Pets Are Disposable Too

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Let’s try a thought experiment for a moment. Picture in your mind, an empty, crushed aluminum soda can. It’s slightly sticky around the edges and speckled with dirt. Got it? Now, picture in your mind a one month-old puppy. It’s fluffy, helpless and frightened. See the connection? If you’re wondering [...]