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Reporter : Yoon Ja-young
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 12:15
Social distancing, minimum wage hike drive small businesses to brink
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing for more than a year now, there seems to be no way out for small business owners. The recent re-imposition of strengthened social distancing measures amid a fourth wave of the pandemic, and the increase in the minimum wage, are adding to their concerns. “Most of the evening customers used to come in groups of three or four. I have been ma...
What happens to clothing when it is thrown away?
When we throw away clothes that we don't need into the clothing donation bin, we believe we are helping someone in need. Those clothes, however, are more likely to end up contaminating the land and water of developing countries across the ocean, a documentary TV program showed.
Is air-conditioning making people sick?
It seems that life without air conditioners is now unimaginable in Korea, where summers are getting hotter every year. Many people, however, are suffering from a range of symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue, which appear to be side effects of the exposure to too much air-conditioning. In Korea this condition is called “naengbangpyeong” and is often translated here as “air...
Overburdened by work: Koreans on average spend only 3.7 days on summer break
Korean workers have on average less than four days of summer break this year. While employees of bigger companies tend to enjoy longer breaks of five days or more, those hired by small businesses mostly spend only three days or less.
Is it safe to go to hospitals during pandemic?
Park, a high school student living at a small town in rural area, tried to go to an emergency room due to his high fever of 41 degrees Celsius. But the hospital refused to let him in, instead suspecting that he had COVID-19, and instructed him go to a bigger hospital. His parents then had to drive more than three hours to the emergency center of a university hospital in Seoul...
Discussion continues over extending the retirement age
As the country finds itself with an aging population, the government is exploring ways to keep senior workers in the labor force. But it is looking into various options and treading carefully as an abrupt, one-sided extension of the legal retirement age will likely face backlash from younger workers as well as jobseekers.
Politicians show wrong examples of wearing facial masks
Politicians and other influential figures wearing facial masks inside out, including clockwise from top left, former Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae and Rep. Lee Kwang-jae of the Democratic Party of Korea, Rep. Hong Joon-pyo of the People Power Party, and Prosecutor General Kim Oh-soo / Korea Times fileBy Yoon Ja-youngSome of the country's most influential politicians at the cent...
One in three Seoulites have sexless life: study
One out of three adults in Seoul lived a sexless life over the past one year, a recent study shows. The ratio of those not having sex has increased threefold from 20 years ago, and it is especially high among men in their 20s.
North Korea's young generation becomes headache for Kim Jong-un
For North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un, his peers increasingly seem to be becoming his biggest headache. Having experienced a market economy and foreign cultures while growing up, unlike their parents, they don't think they owe anything to the regime. “Just like South Korea, there is generation gap in North Korea. If the Korean War is the landmark in South Korea that divi...
Teenagers showing off about apartments on social media amid surging house prices
A new trend among Korean teenagers on social media is to introduce themselves as residents of fancy apartments - even when that is not true. Experts say it reflects a deep-rooted sense of social hierarchy, highlighted by surging property prices over the past few years.