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What Happened Civil Servants joined the nationwide walkout organized by the umbrella union Korean Confederation of Trade Unions on October 20. Civil servants are currently demanding fixed lunch breaks. This follows the death of a civil servant, allegedly due to overwork and bullying. Implications: Workers in Korea are increasingly forming coalitions across sectors and vocations. In contrast to past efforts to…

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November 23, 2021

The resource that will drive future growth is data. For Korea’s entertainment industry to get a share of this new currency, it has to transition from being producers of content to becoming providers of a platform that aggregates data. But domestic streaming platforms face numerous challenges when competing against foreign giants like Netflix, Disney+, and…

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Region: Asia

November 19, 2021

What Happened Parents of elementary school students are pushing for national academic evaluations to be reinstated to know where their children’s education stands compared to the national average. COVID-19 has increased concerns over a widening education quality gap between students. The government attributes this widening gap to students with access to private education and those who do not. Implications: Korean society…

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Region: Asia

November 18, 2021

What Happened The ruling Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung proposed another round of universal payments to help citizens overcome the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. However, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and the government claimed that they do not have the capacity to provide another round of universal relief funds. A nationwide public poll showed that 60.1% of Koreans agree…

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Region: Asia

November 16, 2021