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New Law Obliges Public Agencies to Reduce Use of Disposable Products

New Law Obliges Public Agencies to Reduce Use of Disposable Products

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A recommended list of instructions for public agencies on reducing the use of disposable products will soon become a legal obligation. The Ministry of Environment recently announced plans for enactment of this new law. The new bill bans public agencies from buying or using disposable products during official events [...]

National Assembly Passes Bill on Allowing Recognized Pop Stars to Defer Enlistment

National Assembly Passes Bill on Allowing Recognized Pop Stars to Defer Enlistment

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would allow globally recognized male pop culture artists to postpone their mandatory military duties. The assembly’s plenary session gave the nod to the bill on revising the Military Service Act to grant an exceptional right to defer national defense duties to [...]

National Assembly Passes Urban Forest Bill

National Assembly Passes Urban Forest Bill

DAEJEON, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly passed a bill Wednesday on the creation and management of urban forests, giving momentum to the urban forest development project that the Korea Forest Service (KFS) has been pushing for. Until now, the KFS and local governments have created and managed urban forests based on the [...]

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s parliament passed eight bills intended to better fight fine dust Wednesday as the country is struggling with its worst-ever particle air pollution. The legislation includes a revision to the disaster and safety management law to include high density of particulate matter as a “social disaster.” Such a [...]

Busan Metropolitan Council to Address ‘Lonely’ Single-person Households

Busan Metropolitan Council to Address ‘Lonely’ Single-person Households

BUSAN, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — With an increasing number of single-person households in South Korea, the Busan Metropolitan Council plans to deliberate on a ‘loneliness prevention’ bill. “We are trying to develop new legislation that can address the loneliness problem, which is becoming a serious social issue resulting in suicide and solitary deaths,” said [...]