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Ruling party proposes partisan negotiation over bill to set up separate probe unit

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The ruling Democratic Party proposed Sunday that political parties prioritize negotiation of a bill to set up an independent unit to probe allegations of corruption by ranking public officials.The bill is part of judiciary reform proposals that include a bill to give more investigative power to police. Both were placed on the fast-track in late April, along with an election reform bill.With regard to a drive to reform the prosecution, the ball is now passed to the National Assembly following the
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S. Korea confirms 10th case of African swine fever found in wild boar

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South Korea confirmed the 10th case of a wild boar found dead with African swine fever Sunday, spawning concerns about possible spread of the deadly animal disease.A wild boar was found dead some 3 kilometers south of the civilian control line in the border town of Yeoncheon on Friday and later tested positive, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research, which is affiliated with the environment ministry.It raised the number of wild boars found to be infected with the deadly vi
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[Graphic News] About 15% of S. Korea’s population aged 65 or older

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 People aged 65 or older made up about 15 percent of South Korea’s population this year, a report showed, highlighting concerns that the fast demographic transition could have negative effects on the country’s economy. According to the report from Statistics Korea, the number of people aged 65 or older stood at 7.68 million this year, accounting for 14.9 percent of the nation’s population.  The Korean population is projected to peak in 2028, then go on a downward curve, the rep
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Two illegal Chinese trawlers captured

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Two Chinese dragnet trawlers were caught illegally fishing in the West Sea under South Korean jurisdiction on Saturday and are being brought to the country for legal action, the Korean Coast Guard said Sunday.  The Taean Maritime Police Station of the Korea Coast Guard said that it had seized two 40-ton Chinese fishing boats that illegally caught a total of 400 kilograms of cod, squid and Korean cero while guarding the exclusive economic zone in the West Sea.The crew members violently resis
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[Newsmaker] Uniqlo pulls controversial ad

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Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo stopped airing a controversial advertisement that has been criticized here for mocking victims coerced into Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement and labor, the company said Sunday, amid growing outrage among Korean customers. The 15-second advertisement features 97-year-old style icon Iris Apfel and 13-year-old fashion designer Kheris Rogers in conversation. In the ad, Rogers asks Apfel how she dressed when she was her age. Apfel responds, “I can&rsq
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[News Focus] President’s detractors cite economy as No. 1 reason

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SEJONG -- Over the past year or more, South Koreans who told pollsters they did not support President Moon Jae-in most often pointed to the economy as the main reason. A large portion of those dissatisfied with the incumbent administration have said it is incapable of dealing with economic issues and improving ordinary people’s livelihoods.To some extent, their disappointment is backed up by sagging indices in areas such as employment, GDP growth, exports, labor costs, the value of the cur
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[Shang-Jin Wei] Anti-globalization bias and public policy

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Opponents of globalization constantly point to the uneven impact of open trade. Although trade liberalization can make the overall economic pie bigger, not everyone gets a larger slice, and many may receive a much smaller piece than before because of competition from foreign-made products. Such concerns help to explain why many blue-collar American workers voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election, and why French farmers and workers often take part in anti-globalization demonst
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[Editorial] Draw the line

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Members of a group that identifies itself as a coalition of progressive university students broke into the residence of US Ambassador Harry Harris in Seoul on Friday. They climbed over the wall using ladders and staged a protest against the US presence in South Korea.A photo the group posted on its Facebook account shows the activists unfurling banners accusing the US of demanding a 500 percent hike in costs to South Korea for the upkeep of its troops here. A large banner read, “Leave this
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[Feature] Using robotics in dementia prevention, care

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An orb with a set of ears, blinky eyes and the voice and speech manners of a chatty child is making advances in dementia therapy at a hospital in Seoul. Named Bomy, the robot assists cognitive training for patients in the early stages, or at the risk of developing dementia. Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital’s Robot-assisted Cognitive Training Center opened its doors in April, and is headed by Dr. Kim Geon-ha, a neurologist who has been researching related technologies since 2009.The
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Seoul Fashion Week suggests fresh looks for 2020

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The spring-summer 2020 Seoul Fashion Week shows were filled with fun and fresh offerings.The event took place at the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul from Monday to Saturday.This edition was the first to be run by the new director Jeon Mi-kyeong, a former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Korea. For the past four years, veteran fashion designer Jung Ku-ho had led the biannual fashion event.As in the previous editions, this season saw 34 Seoul Collection shows a
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Female leaders gather to inspire daughters to take charge

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When Michelle Kim, former head for the Asia-Pacific region at Tiffany & Co., worked at the iconic jeweler’s international department, the majority there were men, while all the top management were also men.But instead of shying away in the minority, Kim said she started “demanding” -- both on the organization and on herself.“I demanded more work and did more work. Not in a very aggressive way … but that’s how I got the bigger title, even though it was not
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[Foreign Execs in Korea] Planting safety culture at Hyundai Steel

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DANGJIN, South Chungcheong Province -- Despite increased automation, the steel-manufacturing industry still remains one of the most dangerous workplaces. Promoting safety awareness, building stronger compliance and ensuring continuous investments in safety features are crucial to turn steel mills into “zero harm” workplaces. And Hyundai Steel, the nation’s second-largest steelmaker, aims to set the example. “We want to change from a ‘have-to’ environment to a
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Google Maps exposes 40 percent of South Korea’s military installations: lawmaker

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The locations of about 40 percent of South Korea’s military installations, including some crucial fighter wings, are openly revealed on Google Maps, a lawmaker said Sunday.According to data that Rep. Park Kwang-on of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea received from the Ministry of National Defense, about 40 percent of all military installations here are exposed as satellite images on Google Maps. The exact number of installations has not been revealed because it is a military secret. The
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Prosecutors file for arrest warrants for 7 students who broke into US envoy residence; police beef up security

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Prosecutors on Sunday sought arrest warrants for seven university students who broke into the US ambassador’s residence in Seoul on Friday, as the police strengthened security measures around the area.The seven are among 17 members of a university students’ association who entered the US ambassador’s residence and two who attempted to enter. All 19 were taken into police custody on Friday for trespassing or attempting to trespass at the residence of US Ambassador to South Korea
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Vietnamese woman accused of smuggling drugs to S. Korea

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A Vietnamese woman was nabbed by police in her home country for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into South Korea, a Vietnamese media outlet said. The VN Express reported Saturday that Le Thi Loan, a 29-year-old Vietnamese national married to a Korean man, was caught Wednesday for allegedly attempting to traffic narcotics to Seoul.On Oct. 12, Vietnamese police seized another Vietnamese woman holding 140 grams of ecstasy and 18 grams of ketamine pills hidden inside a teddy bear at the Cat Bi Int
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President Moon makes 8% return from W50m investment

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A local equity fund, which gained recognition for President Moon Jae-in’s investment, has achieved an earnings rate three times higher than the industry average.NH-Amundi Asset Management said through a release Sunday that its NH-Amundi Victorious Korea Equity Fund logged a 3.88 percent return rate over the past month, Friday.The average return of equity funds here stood at 1.28 percent as of this month, according to financial information vender FN Guide. The given research was conducted o
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BOK’s base rate cut rings alarm on household debts

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Concerns are mounting that the central bank’s latest base rate cut may encourage easy borrowing and aggravate the country’s household debt problem.But others suggest that the government’s enhanced loan regulations and slow economic growth pace will help prevent reckless borrowing.The total balance of household credit as of the end of June this year stood at 1,556.1 trillion won ($1,318 billion), according to data released by the Bank of Korea on Sunday.Household credit is a com
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Musical ‘Aida’ to kick off final run in Korea next month

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The final South Korean production of the beloved musical “Aida” will kick off next month, wrapping up a run that spans 732 performances, 14 years and 730,000 audience members.The local promoter for “Aida,” the Seensee Company, said the musical will be performed Nov. 13 to Feb. 23, 2020, at the Blue Square Interpark Hall in central Seoul. Yoon Gong-ju and Jeon Na-young have been cast as the title character and will appear along with other musical stars such as Kim Woo-hyun
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South Korea’s eco-friendly car exports expand

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South Korea’s export of eco-friendly cars mainly involving compact sport utility vehicles such as Hyundai Motor’s Kona and Niro have expanded significantly, government data showed Sunday.According to data compiled by the country’s Transport Ministry and Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association, exports of eco-friendly vehicles including electric vehicles and hybrid cars increased 41.8 percent to 189,033 units from January to September, compared to a year ago.  In Septemb
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Bill to tackle university admission fraud to be tabled

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A ruling Democratic Party lawmaker plans to submit a special bill on reviewing university admissions of lawmakers’ children early this week.  The move comes amid public uproar over fairness in university admissions triggered by allegations that the daughter of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk enjoyed extra privileges. The bill, which Rep. Park Chan-dae of the Democratic Party will be submitted this week, stipulates the creation of a 13-member special investigation committee. The Nation
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