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Wed, October 4, 2023 | 20:01
Suspicions against judge
A judge is facing an investigation over a lobbying scandal involving Jung Woon-ho, CEO of the cosmetics company Nature Republic. On Monday, the prosecution indicted the head of a plastic surgery clinic, surnamed Lee, who is suspected of having lobbied the judge in return for 100 million won from Jung. In March when Jung was facing an appeals trial for his overseas gambling, Lee reportedly contacted the judge at a district court in the Seoul Metropolitan area and asked him to plead for favors from the court in charge of the trial. The judge, surnamed Kim, denied the lobbying suspicions, sayin...
Tuberculosis scare
Fear about the spread of tuberculosis (TB) is rising following a string of infections involving health care workers at the nation's major hospitals. On Sunday, a neonatal nurse at Korea University Hospital in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, was reported to health authorities after being diagnosed with TB through a regular health checkup. Earlier, two other nurses in Seoul - one at Ewha Womans University Hospital and the other at Samsung Medical Center - were diagnosed with TB.
New Saenuri leadership
Despite negative public sentiment toward the loyalists of President Park Geun-hye, Lee Jung-hyun, her close confidant, was elected chairman of the governing Saenuri Party in the party’s national convention Tuesday. Of the five elected Supreme Council members, four are also considered to be Park loyalists.
Global trade barriers
The rising trend of global trade protectionism is finally taking concrete shape, raising fears that Korea, which relies heavily on trade, might be hardest hit. The U.S. Commerce Department last week decided to impose punitive tariffs on hot-rolled flat steel from seven countries, including Korea and Japan. The ruling, which could still be overturned by the U.S. International Trade Commission, was particularly painful to Korean steelmakers as POSCO, Korea's top steelmaker, was slapped with 3.9 percent anti-dumping duties and 57 percent anti-subsidy duties. Hyundai Steel was charged with 9.5 p...
Lawmakers' THAAD trip
Six lawmakers from the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea (MBK) began their three-day trip to China, Monday, concerning the planned deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system here. Their “parliamentary diplomacy” drew attention as even the presidential office urged them to cancel their trip. “We are going to China to contribute even a little to improving chilled diplomatic ties between Seoul and Beijing following Korea's decision to deploy the U.S.-made anti-missile battery," said Kim Young-ho, who is leading the delegation, before leaving for China.
Suicide of prosecutor
A prosecution inspection department has requested Prosecutor General Kim Soo-nam to dismiss a senior prosecutor suspected of causing his subordinate to commit suicide by verbally and physically abusing him. The Ministry of Justice is to make its final decision on the request soon at its disciplinary committee.
Growth deadlock
The Korean economy showed feeble signs of improvement in the second quarter of the year, but failed to escape from the quagmire of low growth. According to the Bank of Korea, gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent in the April to June period from the previous quarter. This marks a slight improvement from the 0.5 percent gain in the first three months of this year, but GDP growth has still stayed below 1 percent for three quarters in a row since the fourth quarter of last year.
New investigative agency
Following a string of corruption scandals involving senior prosecutors and top presidential aides, opposition parties are gearing up to create a new independent investigative agency. The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea (MPK) unveiled its own plan last week, and the minor opposition People's Party will disclose one soon.
Match fixing yet again
Professional baseball is no doubt Korea’s most popular sport. The number of spectators at baseball games surpassed 5 million as of Thursday, and the attendance is expected to meet this year's goal of 8 million. But a string of ugly scandals, including gambling and match fixing, might prompt fans to turn their backs on the game.
[Ed] Time for punitive damages
The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea (MPK) is stepping up legislative efforts to introduce punitive damages - large financial penalties imposed on companies that commit anti-social and malicious crimes intentionally or negligently.
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