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Japan should own up to 'comfort women' issue: UN rights body
The United Nations human rights agency called on Japan to acknowledge the country’s violation of the human rights of “comfort women,” or wartime sex slaves, and to implement its recommendations, according to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Saturday. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also requested Japan to take legal responsibi...
Spirit of candlelight rallies upheld
Tens of thousands of citizens gathered in various parts of Seoul to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the candlelit rallies that helped oust former President Park Geun-hye, Saturday. Two big events took place - in Gwanghwamun and on Yeouido - a divide caused by differences in the way people interpreted the meaning of the rallies; but both professed the primary goal ...
'Candlelight revolution' marks 1st anniv.
One year after the candlelit rally that ousted former President Park Geun-hye, the public has come to opposing views on how to commemorate the anniversary of its start, slated for Saturday. For months, they raised their candles in unison at Gwanghwamun Square, the symbolic stage for peaceful demonstrations. This year, however, two separate events will take place - one in Gwan...
80 HIV patients in Busan missing
Health officials have failed to keep track of around 80 people in Busan who have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). According to Rep. Jung Myung-hee of the Democratic Party of Korea, Thursday, they were part of 878 people who tested positive in the port city. The issue has recently been highlighted in Busan, where a woman arrested for prostitution was...
'Innovative schools' under debate
The “innovative school project” has been on many liberal education chiefs’ dockets for several years, but it still remains a contentious topic. It is especially a prickly issue for Cho Hee-yeon, head of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE), who has aggressively expanded the system since he took office in 2014 as part of his reform drive to strengthen the public e...
Caution on international test score rankings
When South Korea ranked 19th on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) after nearly 41 percent of private education spending was on English alone, questions immediately arose regarding the nation’s lackluster finish. Yet a closer look provides an explanation that should put to rest the criticism. Despite what many people believe, there is little connectio...
UNESCO begins review on 'comfort women'
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is endeavoring to have the “comfort women” archives listed by UNESCO, which began its first review Tuesday. The UNESCO International Advisory Committee began reviewing applications for its Memory of the World Register, established to preserve documentary heritage throughout the world. “We are doing our best to submit the comfort women archives,...
Discovery to allow early detection of Alzheimer's disease
A Seoul National University medical team has discovered a new technique to predict Alzheimer’s disease - the most common form of dementia in the elderly - before patients show signs of the disease. The discovery was announced Monday by the research group led by Professor Mook In-hee and Lee Dong-young at the university’s College of Medicine. Prior to the discovery, detection of the disease required an expensive brain scan called positron emission tomography (PET). And this was effective only after patients showed symptoms.
Murder suspect may have misused donations from citizens
A man suspected of murdering his daughter’s friend is accused of spending the donations he raised over the last 13 years to treat his daughter’s rare disease for his own personal use. The 35-year-old murder suspect Lee Young-hak received donations of around 1 billion won ($886,053) between 2005 and 2017 through his daughter and deceased wife’s accounts, according to Jungnang police, Tuesday. The money came from citizens who donated funds to treat his daughter who suffers from gigantiform cementoma, a rare disease involving dental tumors, which he also suffers from.
'Death with dignity' becomes possible
Doctors will soon be able to end life sustaining treatment for patients with incurable conditions under a pending bill that allowed a trial run to begin Monday. The government is taking steps to prepare the “death with dignity” bill, with the trial which runs until Jan. 15. The bill will take effect next February. The purpose of the bill is to allow patients to end their lives with “dignity” by legalizing the release of patients with incurable conditions from care, under certain circumstances.
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