Mar 19, 2019 Social affairs
A quarter of young South Korean students were obese or overweght, the Ministry of Education said. According to data compiled from a survey of 108,000 elementary, middle and high school students conducted nationwide last year, 10.6 percent of them were overweight and the remaining 14.4 percent were obese. Those with a body mass index of over 23 were counted as overweight and those with BMIs of 25 or more were considered obese. The percentage of overweight and obese students has continued to rise
Police on Tuesday accelerated a probe into nightclub Burning Sun, which has been marred by allegations of sexual assault, the illicit filming of sex videos, drug use and corrupt ties with police, as ministers vowed a thorough investigation and due punishment. Seungri (left) Jung Joon-young (Yonhap)The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office asked a Seoul court to issue an arrest warrant for Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter suspected of secretly filming sex videos and sharing them in mobile messeng
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday distributed guidelines on how to respond to spycam crimes for victims and law enforcement officers, amid a growing epidemic of spycam porn in the country. (Yonhap)Divided into two parts -- for civilians and police officers -- the handbook was designed to raise awareness of what constitutes secondary damage to victims of spycam porn and how police officers and victims can handle such cases, according to the Seoul city government.The guidelines also inc
The suicide of actress Jang Ja-yeon in 2009 is drawing fresh media attention after President Moon Jae-in ordered prosecutors to conduct a thorough fact-finding into the case.Jang, then a 30-year-old rookie actress, committed suicide in March 2009 after leaving a suicide note that accused her agent of forcing her to attend drinking parties and to provide sexual favors to 31 high-profile entertainment figures and journalists. She hanged herself at her house in Bundang, south of Seoul. (Yonhap)The
The prosecution on Tuesday asked a Seoul court to issue an arrest warrant for Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter suspected of secretly filming sex videos and sharing them in online group chats, amid a widening probe into the scandal. (Yonhap)The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office also sought arrest warrants for two men, a staff member at the scandal-ridden nightclub Burning Sun surnamed Kim and an executive director at the club surnamed Jang.Kim is accused of illicit filming and Jang is accused
Kim Sang-kyo, who opened the floodgates of a gamut of allegations, including illegal drug use, sexual assault to police corruption at the Burning Sun club, appeared before the police Tuesday for questioning on defamation charges filed against him following his accusations against the club. (Yonhap)“It seems that the state authority is blocking the truth,” he said as he appeared before the Seoul District Police Agency. “I was a victim of assault and reported to the police for help, but I did not
Lee Moon-ho, the head of nightclub Burning Sun marred by allegations of sexual assault, drug use and corrupt ties with the police, attended a hearing on an arrest warrant against him Tuesday. He is suspected of illegal drug distribution. (Yonhap)Lee, 29, who ran the club where Big Bang member Seungri was an executive director, did not answer any questions as he entered the Seoul Central District Court. Lee is suspected of distributing drugs at the club, which he denies. Lee was named as a crimin
South Korea's military recruitment agency has accused eight men of having dodged or attempted to evade military service by feigning hearing impairment, its investigators said Tuesday.The Military Manpower Administration said that six of the men falsely registered as hearing-impaired after intentionally exposing themselves to the high-pitched sounds of bicycle and air horns to make themselves temporarily deaf. (Yonhap)Two others attempted to evade conscription using the same method, but failed.
SEJONG -- South Korea saw its elderly population grow rapidly over the past decade, while at the same time posting some of the world’s lowest fertility rates. Pundits continue to warn that countermeasures involving social infrastructure fall short considering the speed at which society is aging.Data from the Ministry of Interior and Safety suggest there is an urgent need to map out mid- and long-term policies for the growing proportion of seniors in the nation.As of February 2019 the number of p
The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office assigned the Burning Sun investigation to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office on Monday amid snowballing allegations over collusive ties between the police and the club’s management, but the latter said it would not be investigating the case “directly” for now.The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said a team that supervises the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s investigators would be in charge of the case as of Monday. The office added that t
The number of gas stations in South Korea dropped for the fourth straight year in 2018, amid worsening profitability facing the industry, data have showed. As of end-December, 11,769 gasoline stations were operating across the country, down 196 from a year earlier, according to data from the Korea Petroleum Quality & Distribution Authority. It marked the fourth consecutive year of annual decline. An annual average of 149 gas stations have been shuttered over the past four years.
President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered thorough investigations of prominent scandals involving celebrities and a former ranking Ministry of Justice official. President Moon Jae-in gives orders regarding investigations into a number of scandals to ministers of justice, and interior at the presidential office on Monday. Cheong Wa DaeAccording to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom, Moon gave the orders in connection with cases involving late actress Jang Ja-yeon, former Vice Justice Minister K
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea has delivered its opinion to the Constitutional Court that criminal penalties for women who undergo abortion, as well as doctors who perform them, are unconstitutional.The current law on abortion violates the right to self-determination, among others, the rights panel said Monday. Those in support of abortion participate in a press conference calling on the Constitutional Court to rule criminal penalties for women and doctors involved in abortion un
Three construction workers fell to their deaths while working at the construction site of a new town in North Gyeongsang Province on Monday, rescue officials said.The workers fell about 20 meters at the site in Andong, 260 kilometers south of Seoul, at 12:41 p.m., the officials said.The workers were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but were pronounced dead, according to officials from Andong fire and rescue services. (Yonhap)The accident occurred as a steel mold on the fifth floor of the c
The work to dismantle a memorial altar for the victims of the 2014 Sewol ferry accident kicked off at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on Monday, five years after the deadly disaster rocked the country.The work is expected to take about four hours, Seoul city said. (Yonhap)The previous day, the group of the victims' families moved the portraits of the 289 victims from the altar, temporarily, to the underground library of the Seoul City Hall as the final site for them has yet to be decided up