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More Korean Women Live Alone, Think Less about Marriage

More Korean Women Live Alone, Think Less about Marriage

SEOUL, Jun. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 2.6 million, or one in 10, Korean women live alone, and an increasing number believe marriage isn’t mandatory, recent data from the country’s national statistics agency showed Tuesday. According to the report “2017 Statistics on Women” released by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and Statistics [...]

S. Korean Citizens to Push for Dog Meat Farm Ban

S. Korean Citizens to Push for Dog Meat Farm Ban

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — No longer do the majority of Koreans think it acceptable for dogs to be considered a dinner option. Two recent occasions in Yangypyeong District exemplify this change. In March, local residents united to protest a dog meat farm that was to be built within their community. A separate area [...]

Seoul Debates Higher Taxes on E-cigarettes

Seoul Debates Higher Taxes on E-cigarettes

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government finds itself embroiled in a debate over the taxation of electronic cigarettes, following a motion filed earlier this month by Rep. Kim Kwang Lim calling for increased taxes on the popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. Current taxation policy is different for e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes, [...]

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is introducing new legislation in its fight against corruption, including regulations that will require pharmaceutical companies to divulge payments made to doctors and pharmacists starting next year. Under the new health care reform, pharmaceutical companies that offer financial compensation to medical staff are required to keep [...]

Lawmaker Advocates Bills to Raise Taxes on HNB Cigarettes

Lawmaker Advocates Bills to Raise Taxes on HNB Cigarettes

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – A major opposition lawmaker has introduced bills to raise taxes on heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes, amid concerns that the smoke-free tobacco emits harmful substances. Rep. Kim Gwang-lim of the major opposition Liberty Korea Party presented a proposal earlier in the month that would slap the new products with the same [...]

South Korea Condemns Japanese Diplomat’s Disparaging Remarks on ‘Comfort Women’

South Korea Condemns Japanese Diplomat’s Disparaging Remarks on ‘Comfort Women’

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea Tuesday denounced the Japanese consul general based in Atlanta, the United States, for his recent remarks disparaging Korean women who were forced into sexual service for front-line Japanese soldiers during World War II. In a recent media interview, Takashi Shinozuka, the consul general of Japan in Atlanta, [...]

Daejeon Donates Foreign Coins Collected for Fare Evasion to UNICEF

Daejeon Donates Foreign Coins Collected for Fare Evasion to UNICEF

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The Daejeon Government has donated foreign coins used by fare dodgers on public transport to the humanitarian organization UNICEF. Nearly 5,800 coins from foreign countries collected since September 2012 will be used to help children in need, the local government announced on Monday. The coins are thought to have [...]

Ex-Congressman Honda Receives S. Korean State Medal for Efforts to Help ‘Comfort Women’

Ex-Congressman Honda Receives S. Korean State Medal for Efforts to Help ‘Comfort Women’

WASHINGTON, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Former U.S. Congressman Mike Honda was awarded a state medal from South Korea’s government Monday for his efforts to help improve Korea-U.S. relations and heal the wounds of Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery. Honda, who served as a House member representing California from 2001 to 2017, received [...]