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Against Trump in hope of peace
Days before President Trump’s visit to Korea, Gwanghwamun Square was swarming with protesters holding signs reading, “No Trump, No War.” Kim Joon-seong, 36, who has actively participated in this movement, came to the site with his group, “Ban Trump’s Crazy Action,” on Tuesday, the first day of Trump’s two-day visit. “His remarks have been incredibly dangerous, such as that he would 'totally destroy North Korea’ and that if war breaks out, thousands will die on the Korean peninsula,” Kim Joon-seong, 36, told The Korea Times.
Rallies for and against Trump take over streets of Seoul
When U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Korea, Tuesday, it was not just President Moon Jae-in who came to greet him - from early morning, supporters and opponents of Trump gathered in various parts of the country awaiting the U.S. leader. At Camp Humphreys - Trump’s first official destination and a newly expanded U.S. military base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul - over 1,500 conservative civic group members waved American and Korean flags, shouting “We love Trump,”alongside banners hailing the two country’s alliance. On the other side, a smaller group of around 20 people stood with poster...
NIS bribery investigation to expand to ex-president
Two former presidential secretaries, Ahn Bong-geun and Lee Jae-man, were arrested early Friday over allegations they received at least 4 billion won ($3.58 million) from the state’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), between 2013 and 2016 while working at Cheong Wa Dae. Prosecutors believe NIS officials delivered about 100 million won in cash every month to Ahn and Lee, who were called the “doorknob trio” of the Park administration, along with jailed former secretary Jeong Ho-seong, for having a powerful influence over state affairs. Prosecutors also suspect they may have s...
Discovering Pyongyang through art
The apartment is a subject of lust shared among many Koreans - one that transcends the border dividing North and South Korea. “I feel as if my worth is being depreciated by living in the countryside, where all the officials are flocking from to go live in nice apartments,” a character in a North Korean film vents to her husband, a scene which well displays ordinary life under...
Gov't to boost protection for undocumented children
The Korean government plans to investigate and enhance the human rights situation of undocumented children in Korea, estimated to exceed 20,000 according to civic organizations. The Ministry of Justice plans to launch a project next year to document the living conditions of the group and implement measures to address human rights concerns - 127 million won ($113,983) has been allocated to the project. It is to be the first of its kind in the country. According to Rep. Baek Hye-ryun of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), no government body has yet documented the situation of unregistered chi...
Unionizing irregular workers ripples labor sector
President Moon Jae-in stressed the need to better realize the needs of non-union workers who constitute 90 percent of the labor force, signaling a possible shift in Korea’s labor union policies. “Please find a way to include non-union workers in the social communication process,” Moon said during a regular meeting with his chief aides at Cheong Wa Dae, Monday. The same day, labor commission head Moon Sung-hyun called for the need to unionize the number of workers with irregular employment status.
Majority Koreans believe China least wants Korean unification
A majority of Koreans believe China, of all countries, finds unification of the two Koreas least desirable. Fifty-one percent of the respondents said they believe China least prefers inter-Korean unification in a survey conducted by Hankook Research between Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. This prevailed across all age groups, regions, occupations, political identification and support of...
Growing generational divide threatens aging Korea
Not only is Korean society growing old, its generational divide is also deepening - isolating the elderly even further. In 2016, over 1.3 million people aged at least 65 were found to be living alone; over 1,000 face death in solitude every year. Given that it is a country aging fast - hastened by longer life expectancy and a low birthrate - the issue is a daunting one. The p...
Gov't to reduce medical expenses for low-income earners
A revised health care plan to ease the financial burden on low-income earners will take effect next year, according to the health ministry Monday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a legislative notice of a revision to the National Health Insurance Act that would reduce health care costs for people who earn below the median income. Specifically it will lower the out-of-pocket limit, the maximum annual amount a person has to pay for insurance-covered services.
Incheon Airport breaks pledge to remove all irregular jobs
Incheon International Airport has gone back on its word to secure permanent jobs for all of its 10,000 employees, according to Rep. Yoon Young-il of the minor opposition People’s Party. On social media, Friday, the airport announced up to 2,000 employees will switch over to permanent status by the end of the year. The statement, however, met a backlash as company CEO Chung Il-young had pledged to give permanent job status to all irregular workers within this year.
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