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Court Recognizes Chauffeurs as Laborers

Court Recognizes Chauffeurs as Laborers

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court ruled for the first time that chauffeurs are laborers with legal rights to engage in collective bargaining. The Eastern Branch of Busan District Court rejected a lawsuit submitted by two chauffeur service providers against three chauffeurs. The two chauffeur services in Busan have been using [...]

Declining Children’s Happiness and Sleep Deprivation Caused by Excessive Studying

Declining Children’s Happiness and Sleep Deprivation Caused by Excessive Studying

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The biggest cause of the South Korean children’s declining happiness and sleep deprivation was “studying.” According to data released Tuesday by Sejong University professor Park Hyun-sun, students’ sense of happiness tended to decline as their grades went up, from 90.4 percent in elementary school to 84 percent in middle [...]

Environment Ministry Spearheads Reusable Packaging Initiative

Environment Ministry Spearheads Reusable Packaging Initiative

SEJONG, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Industry watchers suggest that parcel packaging materials will also be reusable in the future. The Ministry of Environment will introduce reusable parcel packaging materials for the first time in cooperation with the retail and logistics industry for three months from Wednesday. The measure is aimed at assessing the feasibility [...]

Gov’t Designates Charcoal Briquettes and Agricultural Pesticides as ‘Suicide Hazardous Items’

Gov’t Designates Charcoal Briquettes and Agricultural Pesticides as ‘Suicide Hazardous Items’

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Extruded charcoal briquettes, herbicides, and pesticides have been designated by the government as ‘suicide hazardous’ items. Accordingly, spreading information on the sale of charcoal briquettes or pesticides online to incite or assist with suicides will result in punishment of up to two years in prison or 20 million won [...]

Specialized AI and Big Data Vocational High School Coming to Seoul

Specialized AI and Big Data Vocational High School Coming to Seoul

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting in 2021, students at specialized high schools in Seoul will be required to take artificial intelligence (AI) courses at school. According to a plan unveiled Tuesday by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, 10 of the specialized high schools in Seoul, or 14 percent, will be converted to [...]

Seoul City Facilitates Donation Procedure Upon Death for Unaffiliated Persons

Seoul City Facilitates Donation Procedure Upon Death for Unaffiliated Persons

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government is helping the disabled to return their wealth to society after passing away, regardless of how small the amount is. The Seoul Social Welfare Public Interest Law Center, affiliated with the Seoul Welfare Foundation, KEB Hana Bank and the Korea Federation of Centers for Independent [...]

Luxury Goods Spark Sales Growth at Home Shopping Channels

Luxury Goods Spark Sales Growth at Home Shopping Channels

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — With winter around the corner, sales of high-priced winter attire on home shopping channels are soaring. According to industry sources, home shopping fashion broadcasts for this year’s fall and winter season are gaining popularity due to the appearance of products priced at more than 1 million won (US$858). A [...]

Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

BUSAN, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — One district in the city of Busan is gaining popularity as an ‘island without franchises’. Yeongdo-gu, an island district in Busan, is known as the islet of coffee, where various coffee festivals are held regularly in tandem with local coffee shops. These coffee shops are private stores not affiliated [...]

Visa Procedures Simplified for Foreign Material and Parts Specialists

Visa Procedures Simplified for Foreign Material and Parts Specialists

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Recruiting foreign specialists and academics in the materials, parts, and equipment sectors will become easier. The Ministry of Justice announced on Monday that it will introduce a new electronic visa program for foreign specialists, following concerns that previous visa and administrative procedures related to recruiting foreign specialists in the [...]