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What Happened In response to the rapidly rising cost of housing in Seoul, the National Assembly passed a new bill that allows tenants to extend their contracts and placed a cap on the amount that rental deposits could be increased. However, observers expressed worry that this may lead landlords to favor monthly rental contracts over the traditional…

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August 13, 2020

What Happened North Korea’s state-sanctioned Korean Christian Federation (KCF) has not commented on its South Korean counterpart’s draft of a joint prayer for peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, raising the possibility that this ceremony might be canceled for the first time in more than 30 years. Many observers were caught by surprise as the KCF had…

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August 11, 2020

What Happened On July 29, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced that the government will “push for measures to lengthen the stay permits for foreign laborers” to combat worker shortages in agricultural areas. Many workers already in Korea are unable to return home due to Covid-19, and none of the 5,000 seasonal migrant workers that farms requested through a government…

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August 7, 2020

What Happened The Ministry of Education announced that national universities must increase the proportion of women professors to 25 percent by 2030. As part of this plan, the government specified annual goals to reduce gender gaps in professional positions. According to a Diversity Report published by Korea University, 16 percent of its professors were female. In comparison, the percentage…

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August 6, 2020