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Hyundai Executive’s Half-truth Comment Sparks Controversy

Hyundai Executive’s Half-truth Comment Sparks Controversy

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Amid Hyundai Motor Co.’s official decision to enter the used car dealership market, a high ranking company official made a half-truth comment about the initiative, sparking controversy. Kim Dong-wook, senior vice president of Hyundai Motor, said during an appearance at the parliamentary inspection of the Trade, Industry, Energy, SMEs [...]

BLACKPINK Music Video to be Edited Following Nurse Outfit Row

BLACKPINK Music Video to be Edited Following Nurse Outfit Row

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s latest music video “Lovesick Girls” will be edited and replaced, its agency said Wednesday, following a controversy over scenes that nurse groups criticized for sexualizing the profession. “We have decided to delete all scenes with the nurse uniform in BLACKPINK’s ‘Lovesick Girls’ music video and [...]

Ruling Party Lawmaker Under Fire for Leaked Mobile Messenger Screenshot

Ruling Party Lawmaker Under Fire for Leaked Mobile Messenger Screenshot

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A ruling party lawmaker has come under fire for a leaked mobile messenger conversation that opposition lawmakers claimed corroborates the ruling party’s censorship of the press. Press cameras captured a screenshot of a Telegram conversation between Rep. Yoon Young-chan of the Democratic Party (DP) and an unknown person during [...]

Advertising Controversy Grips S. Korean Mukbang YouTubers

Advertising Controversy Grips S. Korean Mukbang YouTubers

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Legions of South Korea’s most popular YouTubers — mukbang personalities — are facing criticism following allegations they “deceived” fans by not telling them about paid promotions. YouTubers who film mukbang, a portmanteau in Korean of “eating” and “broadcast,” have charmed fans with their impressive eating skills — gulfing down [...]

Debate Heating Up on Fate of ‘Jeonse’

Debate Heating Up on Fate of ‘Jeonse’

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — “Jeonse” (long-term deposit rental system) versus “weolse” (monthly rent). That has emerged as the hottest topic in local political circles since new laws intended to protect tenants from landlords and excessive rent increases went into effect at the end of July. Jeonse refers to a unique Korean system in [...]

Controversy Brewing over Ruling Party’s Renewal of Capital Relocation Plan

Controversy Brewing over Ruling Party’s Renewal of Capital Relocation Plan

SEOUL, July 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The ruling Democratic Party (DP) has been stepping up efforts to renew a more than decade-old plan to relocate South Korea’s administrative capital to Sejong, south of Seoul, in the face of strong protests from opposition lawmakers. During a party meeting on Thursday, DP floor leader Kim Tae-nyeon expressed [...]

Multiple Home-owning Politicians, Officials Under Growing Pressure to Sell

Multiple Home-owning Politicians, Officials Under Growing Pressure to Sell

SEOUL, July 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Politicians and high-rank government officials owning more than one house are coming under growing pressure to dispose of properties as the government is preparing steps to hike tax burdens for owners of multiple homes in efforts to curb soaring housing prices. Housing prices have continued to surge in many [...]