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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

What Happened In response to high-profile sex criminals receiving sentences that are deemed too lenient, online activists built the website “Digital Prison” to publicly expose charged individuals. The suspected operator of Digital Prison was arrested for violating privacy laws and the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) banned access to Digital Prison. A second Digital Prison website was established following KCSC's shuttering…

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October 2, 2020

What Happened Over 4,000 delivery workers nationwide threatened to stop sorting parcels as a protest against heavy workloads ahead of the Chuseok holiday. These workers backtracked from the boycott after the Labor Minister pledged to increase manpower and improve working conditions. This year alone, seven parcel delivery workers died from overwork, as the coronavirus outbreak led to a sharp surge…

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October 1, 2020

What Happened The government announced that it would provide a one-time voucher worth USD 17 to all nationals above the age of 13 to help with their phone bills. Simultaneously, the government will pay telecommunications service providers USD 784 million to bolster their operations. Current opinion polls show that 58.2% of respondents believe the subsidy is wrong. Implications: As…

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September 24, 2020