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Franchise Convenience Store Owners Work Crippling Hours Year-Round

Franchise Convenience Store Owners Work Crippling Hours Year-Round

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – A study conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government into the working conditions of franchise convenience store owners has found that almost 40 percent are not able to take even a single day off work each year. Including 951 owners, the study revealed that average working hour totals were extreme. [...]

GM Plant Closure to Undercut South Korean Automobile Industry’s Competitiveness

GM Plant Closure to Undercut South Korean Automobile Industry’s Competitiveness

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – GM Korea’s decision to close one of its manufacturing plants is expected to undercut the South Korean automobile industry’s competitiveness on the world stage. Reports that General Motors will shutter its Gunsan facility – one of its four car assembly plants in South Korea – over low demand come [...]

Majority of South Koreans Fear Privacy Invasion from Virtual Assistants

Majority of South Koreans Fear Privacy Invasion from Virtual Assistants

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – A new survey has revealed 7 in 10 South Korean adults fear privacy invasion from virtual assistants. Findings from the survey conducted by pollster Embrain last month showed that nearly 66 percent of South Koreans who have used digital devices in the past are afraid of virtual assistants committing [...]

Government Considering Compulsory Military Service for Naturalized Citizens

Government Considering Compulsory Military Service for Naturalized Citizens

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is mulling over compulsory military service for naturalized citizens. According to the immigration reforms announced by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon at a meeting on Monday, men with naturalized Korean citizenship will be required to serve in the military just like South Korean-born citizens. During the [...]

Activists Call for Gov’t Oversight in Foreign Adoption Process

Activists Call for Gov’t Oversight in Foreign Adoption Process

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – An association of civic groups in the southern city of Gimhae raised their voices on February 12 in lashing out against the current “privatized” nature of the foreign adoption process, demanding that the government take on greater responsibility.  “The privatization of the foreign adoption process has left many foreign [...]