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Young S. Koreans Think Male-only Mandatory Military Service is Gender Discrimination

Young S. Koreans Think Male-only Mandatory Military Service is Gender Discrimination

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Two out of three South Korean men in their twenties consider male-only mandatory military service to be a form of gender discrimination. The Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) conducted a survey last year on 3,000 men between 19 and 59 years of age, with 72.2 percent of the respondents [...]

S. Korea to Create ‘Negative Zones’ to Allow Service Sector Businesses in Industrial Complexes

S. Korea to Create ‘Negative Zones’ to Allow Service Sector Businesses in Industrial Complexes

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government plans to introduce ‘Negative Zones’ that lift restrictions on the types of businesses that can operate in an industrial complex. The new initiative, for instance, will allow industrial complexes that used to accept only one kind of business, such as manufacturing companies, to open up [...]

1 in 4 Parents Say Daycare Centers Should Punish Their Children for Bad Behavior

1 in 4 Parents Say Daycare Centers Should Punish Their Children for Bad Behavior

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — While child abuse at daycare centers is becoming a serious social issue in South Korea, one out of four parents of toddlers think teachers at daycare centers or kindergartens can impose corporal punishment on children for discipline. The Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) conducted a survey [...]

S. Korea to Cut Dependency on Fossil Fuel, Shift to Renewable Energy

S. Korea to Cut Dependency on Fossil Fuel, Shift to Renewable Energy

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s industry ministry said Friday it will significantly cut the country’s dependency on conventional energy sources, such as coal, and move toward environment-friendly resources for sustainable growth. During the public hearing for a draft of the country’s energy master plan, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy said [...]

S. Korean Youths More Open than Adults Toward Immigrants: Survey

S. Korean Youths More Open than Adults Toward Immigrants: Survey

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean youths appear far more open than adults toward immigrants, as the country has seen a growing number of marriages between South Korean and foreign partners, and children born to these couples, according to a government survey released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the Ministry of Gender Equality [...]

Appeals Court Denies Request for Public Disclosure of Documents on Sex Slave Deal

Appeals Court Denies Request for Public Disclosure of Documents on Sex Slave Deal

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Overturning a lower court decision, an appellate court rejected a request Thursday to make public diplomatic documents related to South Korea’s 2015 deal with Japan over Tokyo’s wartime sex slaves. The Seoul High Court judged that keeping the relevant documents confidential was proper, saying a possible disclosure of the [...]

Korean National Fire Agency to Educate Firefighters on Pet Resuscitation

Korean National Fire Agency to Educate Firefighters on Pet Resuscitation

SEJONG, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korean National Fire Agency (KNFA) said on Wednesday that it will distribute video instructions on resuscitating dogs, cats, and other pet animals to local fire stations to ensure the safety and health of pets in emergency situations. The agency decided to educate firefighters on cardiopulmonary resuscitation for pets [...]

Air Pollution Triggers Drop in Spending, Increase in Use of Dry Cleaners

Air Pollution Triggers Drop in Spending, Increase in Use of Dry Cleaners

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — On days when there is a lot of news about fine dust, card payments at resorts and condominiums typically decrease by more than 30 percent, according to a recent study. Hana Institute of Finance, a research unit of Hana Financial Group Inc., published a report on Wednesday titled “Changes [...]