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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 12:01
Seoul City to phase out semi-basements as dwellings
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to phase out the use of semi-basements as dwellings as a number of people living in semi-basement flats were killed when Seoul was hit with torrential rains and flooding, underscoring the vulnerability of those in poor living conditions. Seoul and its surrounding areas were pounded with record-breaking rainfall for two straight da...
Korea urged to take preemptive steps to deal with climate change-induced disasters
After Seoul and its surrounding areas were battered by record-breaking downpours over the last two days, experts are calling for preemptive mitigation and prevention efforts, warning that the country may witness more extreme weather events caused by climate change.
'Pandemic kids': Plan to lower school entry age backfires
First grade in elementary school is widely considered a milestone year for children, when their academic learning begins in earnest, leaving behind the play-based activities of kindergarten. They also begin to create their individual identities outside of the home and acquire social skills through daily interactions with peers. The debate about the ideal age to start school i...
Amid explosive COVID-19 spread, gov't announces 'targeted' measures
The government announced “targeted” quarantine measures, Wednesday, while the country is grappling with an explosive increase of infections driven by the super contagious and antibody-evading BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
Number of non-family households hits record high
An office worker surnamed Jeong, 29, has been living together with her boyfriend for over two years in a studio apartment in Yeongdeungpo District, southwestern Seoul. Saving rent and spending more time together were the main reasons why they chose to live together, but two years on, Jeong feels there are many more benefits.
Gov't to launch research department to improve refugee screening
The Ministry of Justice is seeking to launch a new department dedicated to collecting and analyzing data on human rights, security and political situations in crisis-prone countries, in an effort to better ensure fairness and transparency in Korea's refugee-screening process. The ministry has recently announced plans to conduct research into overseas cases in operating Countr...
Gov't plan to lower school entry age faces strong backlash
The government's plan to lower the age of entry to elementary school to five years old from the current six by as soon as 2025 is triggering hot debate among teachers, parents and civic groups. During a policy briefing to President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday, Education Minister Park Soon-ae said her ministry seeks to lower the school-entry age to five and thereby allow children ...
Experts explain rationale behind Korea's adoption of 'autonomous' social distancing
Korea may be able to avoid the worst-case scenario of reaching 300,000 daily COVID-19 infections during the peak of the current wave, according to some medical experts, who were cautiously optimistic about how the virus situation could develop in the coming weeks. Driven by the highly contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant, health authorities and experts had previously projected ...
Korea to attract immigrants to depopulated rural areas
The government plans to attract immigrants to settle in rural regions that are struggling with severe labor shortages due to a rapidly shrinking population. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Justice announced the launch of the so-called region-specific visa, which will be granted from October this year to foreign nationals seeking to live and work in rural regions designated...
Gov't stresses 'autonomy-based' quarantine measures to fight COVID-19 surge
The government has announced plans to curb the ongoing COVID-19 wave through “autonomy- and solidarity-based” quarantine measures in daily life, Wednesday, as Korea is grappling with a massive surge of infections fueled by the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has ruled out the reintroduction of a mandatory so...
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