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Scholars Cast Doubt on Acquittals of Executives in Deadly Humidifier Cleaner Case

Scholars Cast Doubt on Acquittals of Executives in Deadly Humidifier Cleaner Case

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Last week’s acquittals of 13 corporate executives in a deadly humidifier sterilizer case were caused by the court’s wrong interpretation of the causal relations between chemicals contained in sterilizer products and victims’ lung-related illnesses, a group of scholars argued Tuesday. The Seoul Central District Court ruled last Tuesday that [...]

Chatbot Luda Controversy Leave Questions over AI Ethics, Data Collection

Chatbot Luda Controversy Leave Questions over AI Ethics, Data Collection

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Today’s chatbots are smarter, more responsive and more useful in businesses across sectors, and the artificial intelligence-powered tools are constantly evolving to even become friends with people. Emotional chatbots capable of having natural conversations with humans are nothing new among English speakers, but a new controversy over a South [...]

Culture Group Questions Feasibility of New Law on Military Service Delay

Culture Group Questions Feasibility of New Law on Military Service Delay

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — A culture group on Thursday criticized the recently revised law allowing celebrities to delay their mandatory military service, raising questions on its feasibility. Earlier this month, the National Assembly passed the revised Military Service Act to allow pop culture artists who have received cultural medals or awards from the [...]

South Korean Government Disputes Claims Kimchi Originated in China

South Korean Government Disputes Claims Kimchi Originated in China

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A Chinese media report has sparked controversy over the origin of kimchi. The Chinese state daily tabloid Global Times has angered South Koreans after claiming that China’s recent International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification humiliated South Korea. The South Korean government, in response, retorted that the debate had ended [...]

Popular Monk Withdraws from Public Activities amid Property Controversy

Popular Monk Withdraws from Public Activities amid Property Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A popular Buddhist monk, author and teacher has announced his withdrawal from public activities amid controversy over his property and lifestyle that appear to contradict his preaching of nonpossession. Ven. Haemin has recently faced widespread criticism since a TV program unveiled his posh private home in central Seoul early [...]

Installation of Karaoke Rooms for Prison Inmates Stirs Up Controversy

Installation of Karaoke Rooms for Prison Inmates Stirs Up Controversy

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — After the news came out that a karaoke room, called “noraebang” in Korean, and arcade game machines had been installed for prison inmates, local citizens showed mixed responses. On Wednesday, Jeonju Prison located in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province opened a string of facilities to help reduce stress levels in [...]

Cold-hearted Mother Draws Fire for Claiming Wealth of Late Daughter She Forsook 28 yrs Ago

Cold-hearted Mother Draws Fire for Claiming Wealth of Late Daughter She Forsook 28 yrs Ago

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Are birth parents entitled to the wealth left behind by their deceased children even if they had long lived apart? Under the current inheritance law, the answer is yes, though some have denounced such parents as cold-hearted and unethical. The legal loopholes angered the public last year, when Goo [...]