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ILO Expresses Concern Over Japan’s Lack of Action on ‘Comfort Women’ and Forced Labor Issues

ILO Expresses Concern Over Japan’s Lack of Action on ‘Comfort Women’ and Forced Labor Issues

SEOUL, Mar. 1 (Korea Bizwire) –The International Labor Organization (ILO) has voiced its concern over the absence of concrete actions by the Japanese government to resolve the issues surrounding ‘comfort women’ and forced labor during the Japanese military’s occupation. This statement was highlighted during a joint memorial service held by the Korean Confederation of Trade [...]

Exhausted Professors Bear the Brunt as Resident Doctors’ Strike Continues in South Korea

Exhausted Professors Bear the Brunt as Resident Doctors’ Strike Continues in South Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – The prolonged absence of resident doctors across South Korea has left remaining medical staff, particularly professors and attending physicians, grappling with an unsustainable workload. A physician from the emergency medicine department of a Seoul hospital who wished to remain anonymous shared his current state of distress, revealing that his [...]

South Korea to Include English Translations in Emergency Disaster Alerts for Foreign Residents

South Korea to Include English Translations in Emergency Disaster Alerts for Foreign Residents

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – In a move aimed at enhancing the accessibility of critical safety information for non-Korean speakers, South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety has announced plans to incorporate English translations of key details in emergency disaster alerts. These alerts, which are issued during situations such as air raids, earthquakes, [...]

Political Parties in Full-fledged Election Mode as April 10 Voting Nears

Political Parties in Full-fledged Election Mode as April 10 Voting Nears

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — With just 50 days before the April 10 parliamentary elections, political parties have shifted into full-fledged election mode by nominating candidates for key constituencies, as observers anticipate a tightly contested race with variables in play. The quadrennial election is set to select a new 300-member National Assembly, with this [...]

Deepfakes Swirl in S. Korea ahead of General Elections

Deepfakes Swirl in S. Korea ahead of General Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — With less than 50 days remaining until South Korea’s parliamentary elections in April, concerns over the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI)-generated deepfake videos and images are mounting, prompting heightened vigilance from election authorities. According to the National Election Commission (NEC), the country’s election watchdog, 129 pieces AI-generated media content [...]

Government Indicates Unlikelihood of Nationwide Doctors’ Strike Despite Escalating Grievances

Government Indicates Unlikelihood of Nationwide Doctors’ Strike Despite Escalating Grievances

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – A nationwide strike by doctors is unlikely to be realized, the health ministry said Thursday, though trainee doctors and medical school students have moved to take collective action against medical school enrollment quota hikes. Doctors have warned of a massive strike and other responses in opposition to the government’s [...]

Government to Utilize ‘All Resources’ to Address Impending Doctor Walkout Due to Medical School Enrollment Quota Increase

Government to Utilize ‘All Resources’ to Address Impending Doctor Walkout Due to Medical School Enrollment Quota Increase

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The government will deploy “all means” to cope with a looming walkout by a major association of medical doctors in protest of the planned hike in the enrollment quota for medical schools, a senior official said Thursday. Park Min-soo, second vice minister at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, [...]

Broadcasting Regulator Greenlights Eugene ENT as Major Shareholder in YTN

Broadcasting Regulator Greenlights Eugene ENT as Major Shareholder in YTN

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s broadcasting watchdog on Wednesday approved that an affiliate of the mid-sized conglomerate Eugene Group becomes the largest shareholder of the local news channel YTN. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said it decided to approve the application by Eugene ENT Co. to change the largest shareholder of the [...]

Amid Rapid Aging and Regional Disparity, South Korea Takes Initial Step to Bolster Doctor Numbers in Decades

Amid Rapid Aging and Regional Disparity, South Korea Takes Initial Step to Bolster Doctor Numbers in Decades

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The government’s first medical school enrollment quota increase in decades came out of a dire necessity to secure more doctors for ensuring basic medical services amid rapid aging and growing regional disparities, though South Korea has a long way to go before achieving the goals facing fierce opposition from [...]