Window on Korean Society: November 18th to 24th
- Date 2023-11-20
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●Rising obesity in S. Korea comes amid doubts over BMI's reliability (The Korea Herald)
A concerning trend in South Korea's public health profile emerged in recent data released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, a research arm of the Health Ministry.
●[WHY] Why young Koreans don't lift a finger or leave the nest (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Young Koreans nowadays are more frequently labeled a "finger prince" or "finger princess."
●[Graphic News] Number of non-wage workers edges up in 2023 (The Korea Herald)
The number of non-wage workers, such as the self-employed, in South Korea rose 0.56 percent on-year in 2023, data showed.
●Disabled advocacy group resumes subway protests after tw-month hiatus (Korea JoongAng Daily)
A local advocacy group for people with disabilities held morning rush hour protests on the capital's subways on Monday, urging the government to increase spending on mobility for people with disabilities.
●Choosing children over career: Fatherhood changing in modern Korea (The Korea Herald)
A 37-year-old executive at a tech startup in Seoul surnamed Choi made what seemed a bold decision after welcoming the birth of his first child two years ago: he took three months of paternity leave.
●From pandemic preparedness to AI, experts to offer glimpse into future of bio industry (The Korea Herald)
The World Bio Summit 2023 will gather experts to address a wide range of topics on the future of the bio industry, from pandemic preparedness to applications of artificial intelligence, organizers said Sunday.
●[Five Qs] Korea's bedbug panic is a population density problem, not a sanitation one (Hankyoreh)
Bedbug phobia has been sweeping South Korea.
●IMF Urges Fast-Aging Korea to Reform Pensions (The Chosunilbo)
The International Monetary Fund has warned that Korea's government debt could rise to double its GDP over the next 50 years unless the country reforms its pensions.
●Mycolasma Pneumonia Spreads among Korean Children (The Chosunilbo)
Mycoplasma pneumonia is spreading quickly in Korea after an alarming rise of the repiratory-tract infection was first reported in China.
●Elderly Left Behind in Korea's Digital Transformation (The Chosunilbo)
Korea is one of the most online socieites in the world with a smartphone penetration of some 95 percent, but many elderly people are being left behind as the country marches blitherly into the future.
●Health care leaders discuss pandemic response at World Bio Summit 2023 (Korea JoongAng Daily)
The World Bio Summit 2023 concluded Tuesday, having brought together in Seoul 200 government officials, heads of international organizations and CEOs of biopharmaceutical companies to discuss ways to respond and prepare for the next pandemic.
●More Korean youth prone to online gambling addiction (The Korea Herald)
Teenagers in South Korea are increasingly being exposed to online gambling, and the government and police are working to prevent a further rise in teen gambling addictions.
●All residents with disabilities to get personal doctor (The Korea Herald)
All South Korean residents with disabilities will have their health condition monitored and checked by a personal doctor, according to a plan approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday.
●Over 1.3 mil. Korean women quit jobs after marriage in H1 (The Korea Times)
One out of every six Korean married women has suffered a career break due mainly to pregnancy and child-rearing, data showed Tuesday.
●Young Jobseekers Prioritize Pay and Work-Life Balance (The Chosunilbo)
Young jobseekers are chiefly interested in pay and work-life balance, a sweeping survey shows.
●Shuttering all foreign worker support centers, S. Korea leaves migrants to fend for themselves (Hankyoreh)
The Korean government has slashed the entire budget for migrant worker support centers for next year, closing down an important resource for the increasing number of foreigners working in the country
●Seniors take leap in late-in-life education with help of middle school mentors (The Korea Times)
Yoon Sang-ki, 75, smiled when his mentor, a middle schooler around the age of his grandchildren, approved of the answer he had carefully written down on his math worksheet during a recent tutoring session offered at Jin Hyung Middle and High School in central Seoul.
●Medical schools want annual enrollments to nearly double in 2025 (The Korea Times)
Forty medical schools in Korea want the annual medical school enrollment quota to increase by nearly 3,000 in 2025 from the current 3,058 and by nearly 4,000 by 2030, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday, suggesting a justification for its move to raise the quota despite opposition from doctors.
●Down with the so-called social ladder (Hankyoreh)
The ladder metaphor is often recalled in the same breath as the "equality of opportunity"--the phrase politicians default to when they're afraid of calling for a reduction in "inequality of outcome"
●6% of executives in Korea's top 100 firms women: data (The Korea Times)
The proportion of females in executive positions at the top 100 companies in Korea reached the 6 percent mark for the first time ever this year, data showed Thursday.
●Bedbug Infestation Spreads Further South (The Chosunilbo)
Bedbug outbreaks have spread to the south of the country, although health authorities are working hard to contain them.