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Youth Groups Call for Lower Age of Candidacy

Youth Groups Call for Lower Age of Candidacy

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A group of South Korean youth organizations has issued a petition for voting reforms at the National Assembly, calling for the candidacy age requirements to be lowered. Known as ‘Political Reform Youth Action’, seven groups including the university division of YMCA and Min Snail Union gathered at the National Assembly [...]

South Korea’s Anti-Corruption Law Accused of Scaring Off International Companies like Apple

South Korea’s Anti-Corruption Law Accused of Scaring Off International Companies like Apple

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Since reports emerged that Apple hadn’t sent South Korean journalists invitations to the company’s latest Apple Event, which was held today at the new Steve Jobs Theater, speculation has been circulating that the country’s anti-graft law might have scared off the American consumer electronics giant. It has been widely [...]

Prosecution Widening KAI Probe to Alleged Accounting Fraud Related to Fighter Jet Project

Prosecution Widening KAI Probe to Alleged Accounting Fraud Related to Fighter Jet Project

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Prosecutors investigating accounting fraud allegations at South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer related to a helicopter project are broadening inquiries into new suspicions that the company may also have cooked the books in connection with a mammoth state project to build fighter jets locally, prosecution officials said Wednesday. The Seoul [...]

Ambassador Faces Prosecutors’ Probe Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Ambassador Faces Prosecutors’ Probe Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Prosecutors said Monday they have launched a probe into allegations that South Korea’s ambassador to Ethiopia sexually harassed several embassy workers and volunteers. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office will review a complaint filed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against Ambassador Kim Moon-hwan and determine whether to summon [...]

9 in 10 South Koreans Want Stricter Punishment for Heinous Teen Crimes

9 in 10 South Koreans Want Stricter Punishment for Heinous Teen Crimes

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Amid a growing number of juvenile crimes in the country, a new poll has revealed that 9 in 10 South Koreans back legal reforms to introduce stricter punishment for teenage criminals. According to a poll conducted by Realmeter with a sample of 514 adults released on Friday, nearly 65 percent [...]

Law Enforcement Agencies Advised to Modify Approach to Protests

Law Enforcement Agencies Advised to Modify Approach to Protests

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean police forces have been advised by a reform committee to exercise less force and authority to control peaceful protests and do more to protect protestors. At a press conference held on Thursday with the commissioner general of the National Police Agency, the police reform committee urged South Korean [...]

Disability Rights Group’s Five-Year Protest at Gwanghwamun Square Comes to an End

Disability Rights Group’s Five-Year Protest at Gwanghwamun Square Comes to an End

SUWON, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean disability rights group has ended its five-year long protest at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul after the health and welfare minister met with the protesters and finally agreed to make it easier for the disabled to claim benefits despite the income of their legal provider. A group [...]