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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 [...]

Virus Pandemic Rekindles Telemedicine Controversy in S. Korea

Virus Pandemic Rekindles Telemedicine Controversy in S. Korea

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The coronavirus pandemic triggered renewed controversy about whether to allow telemedicine services in South Korea, as a doctors’ lobby group warned of “extreme” resistance against telemedicine. Telemedicine is illegal in South Korea, but the nation has allowed doctors to treat coronavirus patients who have mild symptoms via telephone since [...]

S. Korea Set to Unveil New History Textbooks Following Yearslong Controversy

S. Korea Set to Unveil New History Textbooks Following Yearslong Controversy

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s education ministry is expected to introduce new history textbooks in March, sources said Sunday, following a yearslong debate on the controversial textbooks that were authored by the conservative Park Geun-hye administration. The textbooks authored and published under the disgraced former president had been criticized for their right-leaning [...]

Music Industry Insiders Call for Transparency in Music Chart Management

Music Industry Insiders Call for Transparency in Music Chart Management

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Pop music industry insiders on Monday called for greater transparency in compiling online music charts amid a heated controversy over chart fixing that is currently rocking the South Korean music scene. The chart-fixing controversy that has long nagged pop music was rekindled last month after Park Kyung, a member [...]