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What Happened Lawmakers are considering a proposal to draft BTS for a campaign to promote the Dokdo Islets in lieu of serving their traditional military duties. Proponents of the idea argue that the K-pop band would help raise international visibility on the territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan over the islets. This comes after BTS roared to the…

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October 16, 2020

What Happened The South Korean government advanced new legislation that would allow abortions until the 14th week of pregnancy. Constitutional Court ruled in 2019 that an outright ban on abortion is unconstitutional. However, the proposed revision falls short of calls by women's rights activists to completely abolish the current anti-abortion laws. Implications: The backlash from women’s rights advocates suggests that the government…

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October 14, 2020

What Happened A Seoul court recently upheld bans on rallies of more than 10 people in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, seven parcel delivery workers have died so-far in 2020 from overwork, as the coronavirus outbreak led to a sharp surge in the parcel delivery demand. In August, 2,000 people attended a rally organized by the Korean…

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October 8, 2020

What Happened On September 22, a 47-year-old fisheries official was shot dead by North Korean troops along the Yellow Sea coast. The Korean Coast Guard later reported that the victim was likely looking to defect to North Korea. The administration was criticized for its “soft” response as 68.6% believe that the government is mishandling the case. Implications: A South Korean government…

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October 6, 2020