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Forced Labor Victim Accepts Compensation from Japanese Company for First Time

Forced Labor Victim Accepts Compensation from Japanese Company for First Time

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The bereaved family of a South Korean victim of Japan’s wartime forced labor on Tuesday received compensation from Hitachi Zosen Corp. in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling, marking the first such acceptance from a Japanese company. The family withdrew 60 million won (US$44,830) from the Seoul Central District [...]

Human Rights Watchdog Calls for Measures to Counter Digital Divide among Elderly

Human Rights Watchdog Calls for Measures to Counter Digital Divide among Elderly

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog called Monday for measures to relieve the digital alienation of seniors by providing customized training and introducing senior-friendly digital devices. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said it made the recommendation to the science minister earlier this month, calling for the introduction [...]

Record Surge in Russian Asylum Seekers in South Korea Amid Ukraine Conflict

Record Surge in Russian Asylum Seekers in South Korea Amid Ukraine Conflict

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – In 2023, South Korea witnessed a significant increase in refugee applications, with over 5,000 Russians seeking asylum, marking a record high. According to a December report from the Ministry of Justice, a total of 18,838 refugee applications were filed throughout the year, showing a 63% increase from the 11,539 applications [...]

Japanese Citizens Take the Stage in Gwangju to Address Historical Wrongs of Forced Labor

Japanese Citizens Take the Stage in Gwangju to Address Historical Wrongs of Forced Labor

GWANGJU, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) –A groundbreaking play titled “Bongsunhwa” that exposes the human rights abuses suffered by victims of forced labor during the Japanese occupation is set to be performed in the city of Gwangju. The play, conceived and produced by a Japanese civic group, features Japanese citizens, including actors taking on the roles [...]

Supreme Court Concludes Rulings in Favor of Victims of Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor

Supreme Court Concludes Rulings in Favor of Victims of Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The Supreme Court on Thursday finalized rulings in favor of victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor in lawsuits seeking compensation from their former Japanese employer. The top court delivered the final rulings on three separate compensation suits filed by 23 forced labor victims and 18 family members of other [...]

Supreme Court Affirms Guilty Verdict for Operator of Website Blacklisting Child Support Defaulters

Supreme Court Affirms Guilty Verdict for Operator of Website Blacklisting Child Support Defaulters

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) –The Supreme Court on Thursday finalized a guilty sentence for the operator of Bad Fathers, a website publicly blacklisting child support defaulters.   The court upheld a lower court’s decision and finalized its suspended ruling of a fine of 1 million won ($763.65) for the 61-year-old website operator, Koo Bon-chang. [...]

Majority of People with Disabilities in South Korea Report Lack of Employment Opportunities, New Study Reveals

Majority of People with Disabilities in South Korea Report Lack of Employment Opportunities, New Study Reveals

SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Korea Bizwire) –-In South Korea, earning a living through work is a crucial foundation for economic independence, yet a significant majority of disabled individuals report a lack of available jobs. According to the ’2022 Life Panel Survey of Persons with Disabilities’ by the Korea Disabled People’s Development Institute (KODDI), released on December [...]

S. Korea to Push for DNA Tests on Descendants of Separated Families

S. Korea to Push for DNA Tests on Descendants of Separated Families

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The unification ministry said Tuesday it will push to conduct DNA tests on descendants of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in a bid to use their gene information for potential family reunions with their relatives in North Korea. The move comes as more aging separated family members [...]