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Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

Controversy Surrounding Forced Labor Court Ruling Escalates in Japan

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a court ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to pay damages to four Korean victims who were forced into labor during the Japanese colonial era, the Japanese government has responded strongly, completely shaking up Korea-Japan relations. Japanese government officials have been continuously releasing resolute statements [...]

1 in 3 Seoulites Feel They Are “Extremely Isolated”

1 in 3 Seoulites Feel They Are “Extremely Isolated”

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A new survey has found that 1 out of 3 Seoulites perceive themselves as living in extreme isolation from society. According to an online survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government between October 1 and 15, 28.8 percent of 1,000 Seoul residents (288 individuals) between the ages of 20 [...]

Korean Lawyers Representing Forced Labor Victims Visit Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

Korean Lawyers Representing Forced Labor Victims Visit Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Lawyers representing forced labor victims who won a case at Korea’s Supreme Court for their past misery paid a visit to the head office of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSM), the Japanese company that was ordered to pay damages, in Tokyo, Japan only to have the door [...]

Possible Visit to Mt. Halla by Kim Jong-un Not Without Challenges

Possible Visit to Mt. Halla by Kim Jong-un Not Without Challenges

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — With media outlets speculating on the possibility of having a helicopter carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un land near Baengnokdam Lake on Mt. Halla in Jeju, critics are weighing on the actual feasibility of the plan. Baengnokdam is a crater situated at the peak of Mt. Halla (1,960 meters [...]

Korean Customs Targets Illegal Resale of Overseas Direct Purchases

Korean Customs Targets Illegal Resale of Overseas Direct Purchases

SEOUL, Nov. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korean Customs Service (KCS) has launched a crackdown on illegal imports and the resale of imported products until November 28 as transactions via foreign direct purchasing are expected to jump due to China’s annual Singles Day. The KCS will be focusing on the act of reselling products acquired [...]

S. Korean Version of Lemon Laws to Go into Effect Next Year

S. Korean Version of Lemon Laws to Go into Effect Next Year

SEOUL, Nov. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean version of U.S. lemon laws is set to go into effect next year as the government moves to strengthen consumers’ rights, the transport ministry said Monday. Under the lemon laws in the United States, those who purchase cars and other consumer goods that repeatedly fail to [...]