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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, October 1, 2023 | 19:01
Korea's solution to forced labor issue draws backlash from victims
The government on Monday announced an agreement with Japan to compensate victims of forced labor during World War II through a fund created by Korean companies, without the direct involvement of responsible Japanese firms. But the resolution immediately provoked a fierce backlash from wartime victims and their families, who described the proposal as Seoul's “total defeat” to ...
[ANALYSIS] Yoon's pro-Japan speech likely to expedite settlement of forced labor issue
President Yoon Suk Yeol's speech addressing Japan as a “partner” is likely to expedite talks with Tokyo to reach a settlement on forced labor issues, according to diplomatic observers, Thursday. But the experts were cautious about giving a timeline on when the two countries will reach an agreement, stressing that the ball is now in Japan's court. During his March 1 Independen...
Seoul opens dog playground in Yeouido Hangang Park
Seoul city will open a no-leash playground for dogs at Yeouido Hangang Park on a trial basis for two months beginning in March. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Sunday that the park will operate from March 2 until the end of April, and a formal opening of the playground will be decided following feedback from residents.
Only 4% of unmarried Korean women think marriage, childbearing essential
Just four percent of unmarried Korean women in their 20s and 30s see marriage and childbearing as essential in their lives, according to a recent survey that paints an even gloomier picture of the country's continuously falling fertility rate. The survey was conducted by Park Jeong-min, a professor of social welfare at Seoul National University and published in the Korean Jou...
[INTERVIEW] Korea ramps up rehabilitation efforts to win 'war on drugs'
As drug crimes have become a major concern in Korea, the Yoon Suk Yeol administration declared a “war on drugs” in October last year. Hence, related ministries, including the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, are scrambling to develop counter measures to regain the country's reputation as a “drug-free” nation.
[INTERVIEW] 'Unified Korea will become model nation on global stage'
After more than seven decades of hostilities between South and North Korea, unification may sound like a distant goal to many - especially to the younger generations. For them, integrating the capitalist south with the communist north is becoming an increasingly far-fetched idea amid the widening economic and cultural gaps that exist between the two.
Activist publishes books on lives of migrant workers in Korea
Han Yoon-soo, 75, a migrant workers' rights activist has published a series of books featuring his decades-long experience of supporting foreign workers in Korea. Titled “Blooming Violets” (literal translation), the 10-book series is a collection of nearly 900 essays Han has written on his personal blog, as well as for his columns for a local newspaper since 2008.
Court recognizes same-sex partner as legal dependent
An appeals court ruled in favor of a gay couple calling for equal health insurance coverage for same-sex couples, Tuesday, overturning a lower court's decision that sided with the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS).The landmark ruling by the Seoul High Court ordered the NHIS to cancel its decision made in 2020 to withdraw a gay man's eligibility to receive spousal healt...
Seoul city to temporarily suspend Namsan Tunnel toll fee
The toll levied on cars passing through Namsan Tunnel in Seoul will be temporarily suspended for two months starting next month, according to city officials, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the congestion pricing scheme. Based on the evaluation, the city authority will decide by the end of this year whether to fully scrap the toll collection system or not.
Celebration of Japanese emperor's birthday in Seoul met with protest
A reception held in Seoul to celebrate the Japanese Emperor's birthday has raised eyebrows, especially after it was reported that the Japanese national anthem - which is widely considered a symbol of Japan's militaristic past here - was played during the event.