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Sat, December 3, 2022 | 13:55
Busan mayor proposes BTS military exemption to promote World Expo 2030 bid
Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon has asked President Yoon Suk-yeol to grant an exception to exclude the members of BTS from mandatory military service to allow them to help support the city's bid to host the World Expo 2030. Park made public the three-page proposal letter he had delivered to the president earlier this month on social media, Thursday.
New prosecutor general
Lee One-seok, the deputy chief prosecutor who has been serving as acting prosecutor general since May, enters the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, Thursday, after being selected as the first prosecutor general of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration. Yonhap
Government struggles to handle unused coronavirus vaccines
The government is scrambling to handle a stockpile of unused coronavirus vaccine surpluses that will soon expire and go to waste. As of July 6, the national rate of vaccine wastage due to expiration reached 3.6 percent, according to a report released by National Assembly Budget Office on Thursday. That percentage equates to 5.29 million out of 145.84 million total vaccine dos...
Seoul to provide subsidies to households with babysitting grandparents
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the “Mom and Dad Happiness Project,” a set of support programs to lift the childcare burden of young households, including providing a 300,000-won ($227) subsidy to babysitting family members. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced on Thursday that the city will invest 14.7 trillion won ($11 billion) in the five-year plan to improve ch...
Hit TV series leads to surge in visitors to southern region of Korea seeking glimpse of dolphins
The popular TV series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” has created a tourism boom in the nation's southern region. The southeastern coastal city of Ulsan and the southern resort island of Jeju, which are already popular tourist destinations, have seen an influx of even more tourists since the drama featuring a lawyer with autism spectrum disorder, named Woo Young-woo, became a ...
Gates calls on Korea to play greater role in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Tuesday that Korea is expected to play a greater role in the global fight against infectious diseases and called for a global partnership to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. "Korea is poised to be a leader in this work,” he said during a speech at the National Assembly, noting th...
More tourists opt to visit Jeju Island by ferry
More tourists are choosing to cut travel expenses by taking ferries when visiting Jeju Island due to the soaring prices of flight tickets and car rentals this summer. According to Jeju Tourism Association (JTA), Saturday, over 480,000 people have visited the island by ferry so far this year. The figure constitutes 5.7 percent of the 8.58 million domestic travelers that have v...
Fears of lengthy COVID-19 resurgence loom large
Local experts forecast that the current COVID-19 surge may - rather than dropping sharply after peaking, which is expected to occur by the end of this month - take a long time to decline. “After reaching a peak by the end of this month, the COVID-19 resurgence this time may leave a prolonged course of transmissions instead of showing a sharp decline,” Kim Woo-joo, a professor...
Naturalized Korean proposes inclusion of migrant brides in transport subsidy bill
Ai Suluu, a naturalized Korean legislator at Seoul Metropolitan Council has proposed a bill to include foreign nationals in the city's transportation subsidy for pregnant women.
Youth representatives speak up for children's rights at National Children's Congress
Youth representatives aged between 10 and 17 came together to discuss social issues related to children's rights at the 19th Korea National Children's Congress and deliver their adopted resolution to the government. The three-day event kicked off, Tuesday. A total of 120 youth representatives joining this year's event were elected by 690 children who participated in regional ...
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