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South Korean Military Acceptance Rate Falls with Population Shift

South Korean Military Acceptance Rate Falls with Population Shift

SEOUL, April 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The competition to join the South Korean military, which recently heightened amid a nation-wide economic downturn and rising youth unemployment, is subsiding with the number of South Korean youth gradually declining.  According to the Ministry of National Defense, there were 566,656 young applicants to South Korea’s mandatory military service [...]

South Korean Army Under Fire for Using Dating App to Persecute Gay Soldiers

South Korean Army Under Fire for Using Dating App to Persecute Gay Soldiers

SEOUL, Apr. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Growing evidence of an alleged investigation into homosexual acts in the South Korean army including images of conversations on gay dating app Jack’d between service members and secret service agents is causing an uproar, with some human rights groups calling for the army general accused of giving the order to track [...]

Lotte’s Losses in China Compounded by Payment to Local Workers

Lotte’s Losses in China Compounded by Payment to Local Workers

SEOUL, Apr. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Losses incurred by South Korean retail chain Lotte Mart from business suspensions in China are being compounded by salary payments to local employees, industry sources said Thursday. Lotte Mart, a highly successful affiliate of Lotte Group, had to temporarily close 74 of its 99 shops in China in February [...]

Seoul Expands Free Suit Rental Program for Young Job Seekers

Seoul Expands Free Suit Rental Program for Young Job Seekers

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Wednesday that it has partnered with two additional tailors in Sinchon and Wangsimni for its free suit rental initiative starting May 22.  The city launched the service last year near Konkuk University to help unprivileged job seekers amid South Korea’s rising youth unemployment rate. [...]

S. Korea Considers New Inspection Body for Asylum Seekers

S. Korea Considers New Inspection Body for Asylum Seekers

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is considering establishing an institution tasked with inspecting applications for refugee status due to a steady rise in the number of people seeking asylum in the country, government officials said Thursday.  A long-running civil war in Syria and other disturbances have created a refugee crisis [...]