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Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

SEOUL, March 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Tension between South Korea and China is escalating as the latter presents groundless claims that elements of the former’s inherent culture such as hanbok, kimchi and pansori originated in China. Against this backdrop, a new South Korean drama is under fire for featuring a string of scenes that have [...]

U.S. Experts Refute Harvard Professor’s ‘Comfort Women’ Claim

U.S. Experts Refute Harvard Professor’s ‘Comfort Women’ Claim

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Three U.S. professors have criticized a recent controversial claim by a Harvard University professor that Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was voluntary prostitution. Mark Peterson, professor emeritus of Korean, Asian and Near Eastern languages at Brigham Young University in Utah, posted a column on Korea.net, the South Korean government’s foreign language [...]

Incheon Embroiled in Controversy After Hiring Subcontractors to Capture Wild Dogs

Incheon Embroiled in Controversy After Hiring Subcontractors to Capture Wild Dogs

INCHEON, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy is building over Incheon city government’s response to complaints about wild dogs in the region by hiring subcontractors and paying them for the number of dogs captured. Last year, the port city’s eight counties and district authorities hired private companies to capture some 200 wild dogs in response [...]

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 [...]