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What Happened In early September 2021, a human rights group brought public attention to the suicide of a verbal and physical bullying victim in the South Korean navy. This comes on the heels of several recent highly-publicized suicides and abuse incidents within the Korean military. In response to years of public pressure, the government has steadily advanced changes, including civilian court trials for military personnel…

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Region: Asia

September 24, 2021

What Happened Until December 2020, Korea maintained a singular publicly mandated digital authentication system for accessing online services. Surveys showed that this protocol was unpopular among users. In December 2020, the government began allowing online vendors to use authentication systems of their choosing. However, the change has caused confusion as many people are now unable to access online services using verification…

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Region: Asia

September 23, 2021

In a previous issue of Korea View, KEI called attention to the growing popularity of cultural products in South Korea that explore difficult societal issues. In addition to the movie Parasite, recent examples of this trend include the TV show Taxi Driver (모범택시; not to be confused with the 2017 movie) which focuses on a group of…

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Region: Asia

September 21, 2021

What Happened New e-commerce start-ups are growing fast in areas such as fashion, online payments, ride-hailing, delivery, and biotechnology. In 2020, South Korea’s e-commerce market ranked 5th worldwide. Sales are expected to grow 9% to $120.56 billion in 2021. South Korea has 10 startup companies valued at over $1 billion making it the third-largest hub for such firms in the…

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Region: Asia

September 20, 2021