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Michelin Guide Embroiled in Controversial Scandal in S. Korea

Michelin Guide Embroiled in Controversial Scandal in S. Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy looms following a recent report by the South Korean media that there were ‘financial exchanges’ surrounding the designation of restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide Seoul 2020. Michelin strongly denied the accusations, saying that “it’s a scheme committed by those who have nothing to do with [...]

RB Korea Chief Blames Lax Gov’t Supervision for Humidifier Sanitizer Scandal

RB Korea Chief Blames Lax Gov’t Supervision for Humidifier Sanitizer Scandal

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The chief of a local humidifier disinfectant manufacturer responsible for the nation’s worst consumer chemical disaster that broke out in 2011 triggered a controversy Wednesday by arguing that the tragedy was caused by insufficient government supervision. Park Dong-suk, CEO of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser (RB Korea), a wholly owned unit [...]

Ex-SK Chem Chief, 33 Others Indicted over Humidifier Sterilizer Scandal

Ex-SK Chem Chief, 33 Others Indicted over Humidifier Sterilizer Scandal

SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The prosecution said Tuesday it has indicted 34 people, including former company executives, for manufacturing and selling humidifier disinfectants containing toxic chemicals, wrapping up an eight-month reinvestigation into one of the worst scandals involving consumer products. The probe came after a 2011 scandal involving toxic humidifier disinfectants sold by [...]

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

SEOUL, Jul. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent series of scandals and gossip involving Korean Wave stars has dealt a heavy blow to provincial governments trying to utilize their associations with entertainers to attract tourists. Most recently, the Taebaek city government in Gangwon Province became an unlikely victim when celebrity couple Song Joong-ki and Song [...]

YG, Major Broadcasters Burning Bridges with Scandal-ridden Pop Stars

YG, Major Broadcasters Burning Bridges with Scandal-ridden Pop Stars

SEOUL, Mar. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The management agency of boy band BIGBANG ended sales of merchandise related to the disgraced former band member Seungri, while major broadcasters stopped servicing VOD contents featuring the singer and another scandal-ridden artist, Jung Joon-young, in the aftermath of the broadening sex and corruption scandal centering on the two [...]

Sex, Drug Scandal Exposes Shady Sides of K-pop’s Breakneck Ascent

Sex, Drug Scandal Exposes Shady Sides of K-pop’s Breakneck Ascent

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A snowballing sex and corruption scandal involving K-pop stars has brought to light the hidden dark side of the K-pop industry, and dealt the most devastating blow yet to K-pop’s breakneck growth into a lucrative, roaring international business. Seungri, of boy band BIGBANG, and singer-songwriter and TV personality Jung [...]

Preventing Secondary Offenses for the Victims of the Jung Joon-young Scandal

Preventing Secondary Offenses for the Victims of the Jung Joon-young Scandal

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid a massive sex cam scandal exposed by South Korean singer Jung Joon-young, many South Koreans are calling against revealing the victims. Victims, once known to the public, may be subject to retribution or secondary crimes. Also, those who were falsely referred to as “victims” may also be subject [...]