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Ruling Party Lawmaker Under Fire for Leaked Mobile Messenger Screenshot

Ruling Party Lawmaker Under Fire for Leaked Mobile Messenger Screenshot

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A ruling party lawmaker has come under fire for a leaked mobile messenger conversation that opposition lawmakers claimed corroborates the ruling party’s censorship of the press. Press cameras captured a screenshot of a Telegram conversation between Rep. Yoon Young-chan of the Democratic Party (DP) and an unknown person during [...]

Ratio of Female Lawmakers, Ministers in S. Korea Hits Record High

Ratio of Female Lawmakers, Ministers in S. Korea Hits Record High

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The proportion of female lawmakers in South Korea’s parliament, as well as that of female ministers in the Cabinet, has reached an all-time high, data showed Saturday. According to the gender equality ministry and Statistics Korea, 57 women were elected in the April 15 general elections, accounting for 19 [...]

Fresh Tensions Brewing in Seoul-Tokyo Ties over Court Procedure to Sell Off Japanese Assets

Fresh Tensions Brewing in Seoul-Tokyo Ties over Court Procedure to Sell Off Japanese Assets

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The already frayed relations between South Korea and Japan will likely plunge further into a fresh downward spiral as a local court is expected to kick off a procedure to sell off assets of a Japanese firm to compensate victims of wartime forced labor. Starting midnight Tuesday, the Pohang [...]

Debate Heating Up on Fate of ‘Jeonse’

Debate Heating Up on Fate of ‘Jeonse’

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — “Jeonse” (long-term deposit rental system) versus “weolse” (monthly rent). That has emerged as the hottest topic in local political circles since new laws intended to protect tenants from landlords and excessive rent increases went into effect at the end of July. Jeonse refers to a unique Korean system in [...]

Foreign Ministry Cites Need for International Comity over ‘Abe Statue’

Foreign Ministry Cites Need for International Comity over ‘Abe Statue’

SEOUL, July 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The foreign ministry said Tuesday that international courtesy for foreign leaders should be taken into consideration, after local media reported on a pair of bronze statues at a local botanical garden of a man bowing on his knees before a wartime sexual slavery victim. The statues sparked controversy, as [...]

Controversy Brewing over Ruling Party’s Renewal of Capital Relocation Plan

Controversy Brewing over Ruling Party’s Renewal of Capital Relocation Plan

SEOUL, July 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The ruling Democratic Party (DP) has been stepping up efforts to renew a more than decade-old plan to relocate South Korea’s administrative capital to Sejong, south of Seoul, in the face of strong protests from opposition lawmakers. During a party meeting on Thursday, DP floor leader Kim Tae-nyeon expressed [...]