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Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Along with the recent cancellation of a Japanese TV appearance by K-pop superstars BTS, a series of negative press reports on K-pop singers have been published in Japanese media outlets. And following a large-scale anti-Korea rally held in central Tokyo hosted by right-wing activists, critics have expressed worry that [...]

Heavy Social and Economic Costs from South Korea’s Drinking Problem

Heavy Social and Economic Costs from South Korea’s Drinking Problem

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A new study has found that 13 South Koreans die on average per day due to alcohol-related circumstances. In addition, such high levels of alcohol consumption are costing society nearly 1 trillion won every year. Alcohol, along with cigarette ingredients arsenic and cadmium, are considered highly carcinogenic and addictive. [...]

South Korean Gov’t Reportedly Grants First Refugee Status to Thai National

South Korean Gov’t Reportedly Grants First Refugee Status to Thai National

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has granted official refugee status to a Thai national for the first time ever, according to various Thai media outlets. After being indicted in January for lese majeste, an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state, Chanoknan Ruamsap fled Thailand [...]

New Database for Car Emissions Levels by Next Year

New Database for Car Emissions Levels by Next Year

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A technical committee tasked with verifying the accuracy of current databases for car exhaust emissions per each car model type has been launched by Ministry of Environment, according to an announcement by the ministry yesterday. The committee is composed of 30 professionals in the industry including researchers attached to [...]

Samsung to Deliver Apology on Work-related Diseases Next Week

Samsung to Deliver Apology on Work-related Diseases Next Week

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. plans to deliver an official apology on the long-standing dispute surrounding its former workers suffering from diseases apparently related to the working environments at its factories, the mediation committee said Wednesday. The apology is part of the agreement reached between one of the world’s leading makers [...]

Seorae Village’s Montmartre Park Struggles with Rabbit Infestation

Seorae Village’s Montmartre Park Struggles with Rabbit Infestation

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Animal organizations are calling on Seoul’s Seocho district to address the burgeoning rabbit population in Montmartre Park. At a press conference held on Tuesday, the Korean Animal Welfare Association and other civil groups raised concerns about the increasing number of rabbits in Montmartre Park near Seorae Village. “An increase [...]

Big Hit Apologizes for Recent BTS Wardrobe Controversy

Big Hit Apologizes for Recent BTS Wardrobe Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – BTS’ agency Big Hit Entertainment has issued a statement over the recent controversies surrounding its artists’ wardrobe choices. “We don’t condone any activities of war or the use of atomic weapons. … We had no intention to hurt victims of the dropping of atomic bombs,” it said Tuesday night, [...]

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The cancellation of superstar K-Pop group BTS’s appearance on a Japanese television show is an allusion to an awkward relationship between South Korea and Japan. When Japan’s TV Asahi cancelled BTS’ appearance and blamed it on the ‘liberation’ t-shirt that BTS member Jimin was seen wearing in the past, [...]

Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a court ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to pay damages to four Korean victims who were forced into labor during the Japanese colonial era, the Japanese government has responded strongly, completely shaking up Korea-Japan relations. Japanese government officials have been continuously releasing resolute statements [...]