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Controversy Looms over New Legislation to Restrict Shopping Mall Operating Hours

Controversy Looms over New Legislation to Restrict Shopping Mall Operating Hours

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean shopping mall operators are paying attention to the National Assembly’s upcoming decision on a new legislative bill during the regular session that starts on Thursday. The ruling party is currently pushing for stricter regulations that would require large-sized malls, so-called super supermarkets (SSMs), and shopping complexes to [...]

Electric Kickboards Permitted on Bicycle Paths

Electric Kickboards Permitted on Bicycle Paths

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Electric kickboards will now be legally allowed on bicycle paths. Although limited to certain areas and under strict regulations, electric kickboards are being legalized on bicycle paths for the very first time. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy decided on Wednesday to make a special exemption to allow [...]

Gov’t Expands Caffeine Labeling Regulations to Coffee Shops

Gov’t Expands Caffeine Labeling Regulations to Coffee Shops

SEOUL, Jul. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — As a measure to prevent excessive consumption, regulations on caffeine will be expanded, with “total caffeine content” also displayed in coffee shops and bakeries that directly make and sell coffee starting next year. The newly introduced regulations, set forth by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, are an [...]

Massive Popularity of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Rekindles Debate over Cinema Regulations

Massive Popularity of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Rekindles Debate over Cinema Regulations

SEOUL, Apr. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The box-office domination of “Avengers: Endgame” in South Korea has rekindled a drawn-out controversy over anti-monopoly regulation in the local cinema market. The finale of the Marvel “Avengers” series hit 3.2 million admissions as of Friday, the third day of its release in the country, according to data from [...]

Gov’t to Update Rules on Ownership of Fierce Dogs

Gov’t to Update Rules on Ownership of Fierce Dogs

SEOUL, Mar. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday it will implement a tougher set of rules on raising fierce dogs to better protect people and animals. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs said the new rules will require owners of dog breeds known for aggressiveness to receive mandatory education [...]

Seoul City to Establish Housing Standards for ‘Gosiwon’

Seoul City to Establish Housing Standards for ‘Gosiwon’

SEOUL, Mar. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — New city government regulations will set a minimum size for rooms in gosiwon, Korean-style boarding houses, and mandate the inclusion of a window. Seoul city announced plans on Monday to establish housing guidelines for gosiwon following the Gukil Gosiwon building fire accident last November which killed 7 people. According [...]

Police Consider Restricting Elderly Driving at Night, on Expressways

Police Consider Restricting Elderly Driving at Night, on Expressways

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Police said they are considering restricting elderly people’s driving at night and on expressways as part of measures to improve the nation’s traffic safety. The National Police Agency (NPA) said Tuesday that it will map out comprehensive measures including law revisions by year’s end to cope with a growing [...]

Classifying Game Addiction as a Disease Would be Devastating to Gaming Industry

Classifying Game Addiction as a Disease Would be Devastating to Gaming Industry

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – It has been reported that if game addiction is classified as a disease, the decrease in sales in the domestic gaming industry will be in the billions of won. Whether game addiction should be classified as a disease under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will be discussed at [...]