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Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

SEJONG, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has no plan to raise diesel prices in the near future as it tries to reduce fine dust levels in the air, the finance ministry said Monday. “We’ve considered many scenarios related to tax rate hikes for diesel, but all have been found to be [...]

Shakeup in Dog Farming Industry After Abhorrent Breeding Practices Come to Light

Shakeup in Dog Farming Industry After Abhorrent Breeding Practices Come to Light

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Last year, a TV exposé on the breeding practices of an anonymous dog farm sparked a firestorm of public outrage, with veterinarians’ associations and animal rights groups leading the call for the government to take action. In the report, the dog farm was revealed to have increased pregnancy rates [...]

Are Controversial Public Sculptures a Waste of Tax Dollars?

Are Controversial Public Sculptures a Waste of Tax Dollars?

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of South Korean municipal governments are facing criticism for wasting taxpayer money after commissioning public sculptures with controversial designs. Artworks that were supposed to symbolize local communities and complement nearby buildings are becoming public nuisances, with many pointing fingers at local governments for rushing with public art projects [...]

Government to Introduce Housework Vouchers for Working Moms in 2019

Government to Introduce Housework Vouchers for Working Moms in 2019

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) has announced plans to introduce housework vouchers in the hopes of reducing the burden of childcare on working mothers. The housework vouchers, which are modeled after similar policies implemented in Europe, are set to be introduced as early as 2019 after lawmakers [...]

Seoul to Go Forward with THAAD Deployment, Foreign Minister Says

Seoul to Go Forward with THAAD Deployment, Foreign Minister Says

SEOUL, June 26 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will not reverse the planned deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, its top diplomat said Monday, reiterating the government’s stance apparently aimed at easing uncertainty surrounding the agreement with the United States reached by the previous government. “As my president himself made it clear on [...]

Are South Koreans Paying Too Much for Their Mobile Phone Plans?

Are South Koreans Paying Too Much for Their Mobile Phone Plans?

SEOUL, Jun. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — When it comes to cell phone bills in South Korea, the overwhelming public sentiment is that people think they are paying too much at the moment. The row between the government and telecom companies over efforts to reduce phone bills in recent years mirrors the frustration very palpable in a [...]

Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions

Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — On June 22, Rep. Lee Jung Mi of the Justice Party and animal rights activist group Kara held a press conference at the National Assembly in Yeouido to publicly disclose the state of dog meat farms in Korea. Beginning in August of last year, an investigation into the general [...]