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What to expect in 2023
The year 2022 will soon disappear into history. In the New Year, the nation will face a lot of changes. The new changes, albeit subtle and gradual, are being introduced to help the nation adapt to the ever-changing needs of the public.
Korea to ease visa regulations for IT workers
Korea will introduce new visa rules starting in 2023 to attract more skilled foreign nationals to work in high-tech industries such as biotechnology, robotics and semiconductors. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice announced that it will ease requirements for the so-called “foreign national of special ability visa”, also known as E-7, from January.
School zone traffic regulation likely to be eased
The Ministry of Government Legislation has announced its plan to recommend easing some current traffic regulations for school zones. Strict regulations were introduced in March 2020 after an elementary school student named Kim Min-sik, 9, was killed in September 2019 while crossing a street in a school zone in Asan South Chungcheong Province.
Seoul mayor opposes resumption of disabled subway protests
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon wrote on Facebook on Monday that a national disability advocacy group's plan to resume its protests in subways is “unacceptable,” promising a zero-tolerance policy against further actions disrupting public transportation.
Korea to face shortage of doctors
In the near future, Korea will face a shortage of doctors in several areas of specialties if the supply of doctors remains the same, according to recent research by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA).
Survivors of Itaewon tragedy suffer from PTSD
A 17-year-old high school student was found dead on Dec. 12 in a motel in Mapo District, Seoul, Monday. He was a survivor of the Itaewon crowd crush. He had gone to Itaewon on Oct. 29 with his two friends. Whereas his two friends died there, he survived.
Startup founder launches body positive campaign for those with disabilities
Lee Yu-jeong, 32, feels that people stare at her whenever she leaves her house to go somewhere. “It's like a runway,” she says. She thought there were no reasons she should draw other people's attention. She is no different from anyone else, except for one thing: she uses a wheelchair due to a disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease in which bones fracture ...
Number of people dying alone on rise
In September, a man in his sixties was found dead at his home, an ordinary low-income flat, located in Seoul's southern district of Songpa. He was discovered by the police and firefighters who were trying to figure out why the emergency alarm in the unit had been out of order, two weeks after his death. The man lived there alone without contact from his family, according to h...
Truth commission's new head triggers backlash for ultraconservative past remarks
Kim Kwang-dong, the newly appointed chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has come under fire for his past controversial remarks and views about historical events.
Seoul City to reopen skating rink after almost 3 years
The ice skating rink at Seoul Plaza will be back for the first time in almost three years, set to wow winter sports lovers who have long been awaiting the reopening of the landmark rink after it was closed abruptly in January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Monday, the rink will operate from Dec. 21 until Feb. 12, 2023.
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