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Global business leaders discuss Seoul’s low birth rate, aging society

A group of foreign business leaders discussed with Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon how to deal with Seoul’s low birth rate and aging society at the 2014 meeting of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council on Friday.A total of 21 experts, including Richard Smith, the president of the Pi...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:31

Lee Chang-sup named Korea Times president

The Korea Times has promoted its vice president Lee Chang-sup to president and publisher, the daily English newspaper announced this week.Lee, 55, joined the Korea Times in 1984. As a journalist, he c...

Updated : 2014.10.31 20:20

Ex-STX chief gets 6 years for fraud

Former STX Group chairman Kang Duk-soo was sentenced to six years in prison for incurring huge losses to business units, financial firms and investors by rigging the conglomerate’s financial statements and pocketing company funds.The Seoul Central District Court ruled on Thursday that Kan...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:32

Guidelines issued for international marriage

The Gender Equality Ministry is releasing a set of video guidelines for those interested in contacting international marriage agencies to marry a foreign spouse, as a growing number of South Koreans are being swindled. To date, some 20 percent of all marriages between a South Korean and a ...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:32

Court orders Japanese firm to pay forced wartime laborers

A Seoul court ruled Thursday that a Japanese company should compensate dozens of South Koreans who were forced to work for it during World War II.Seoul Central District Court ordered Nichi-Fujikoshi Corp. to pay 80 million won-100 million won ($75,800-$94,800) each to 31 former laborers an...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:31

Court orders Japanese firm to compensate forced wartime laborers

A Seoul court ruled Thursday that a Japanese company should compensate dozens of South Koreans who were forced to work for it during World War II.Seoul Central District Court ordered Nichi-Fujikoshi Corp. to pay 80-100 million won (US$75,800-94,800) each to 31 former laborers and their fam...

Updated : 2014.10.30 16:14

Chain-smokers spend more on hospital bills: data

The amount of money smokers spend on medical bills is linked to how long they have had the habit, a study showed Thursday.According to the Health Ministry, among 2.46 million male smokers aged 19 and older in 2013, some 170,000 who had been smoking for 40 years spent 2.7 times more on hosp...

Updated : 2014.10.30 15:52

Former STX chief gets 6-year jail term for corporate crimes

A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced the former head of the financially troubled shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate STX Group to six years behind bars for a host of corporate crimes.Kang Duk-soo, who headed the group from 2003 to February 2014, was convicted of diverting funds of STX He...

Updated : 2014.10.30 15:45

S. Korea to send military medics to Ebola-hit Africa

South Korea has decided to dispatch military medical staff to an Ebola-hit African nation around next month to join global efforts to eradicate the deadly epidemic, Seoul's defense ministry said Thursday. The government is mulling sending a five-member delegation comprised of two military...

Updated : 2014.10.30 15:24

Unionized gov't workers to hold mass rally against pension reform

Unionized government workers vowed Thursday to hold a mass rally later this week to protest the government's proposal to scale back a pension program for its employees starting 2016.The Korean Government Employees' Union said more than 120,000 people from 50 related unions were expected to...

Updated : 2014.10.30 13:47

Former STX chief gets 6-year jail term for corporate crimes

A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced the former head of the financially troubled shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate STX Group to six years behind bars for a host of corporate crimes.Kang Duk-soo, who headed the group from 2003 to February 2014, was convicted of diverting funds of STX He...

Updated : 2014.10.30 13:46

Health workers eager to join Ebola effort

South Korea’s Health Ministry is receiving a surprisingly high number of applications from health care workers here who wish to be sent to West Africa to treat Ebola, in spite of the safety concerns expressed by the country’s biggest representative body of physicians.Some 40 health care ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:27

Court to issue verdict on ex-STX chief

The corporate sector is paying close attention to a Seoul court’s upcoming verdict on former STX Group chief Kang Duk-soo over his business malfeasance charges, while the prosecution and the group’s subcontractors differ in their assessment of his “irregularities.”The Seoul Central Dis...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:25

Most teenage girls say sexually harassed at work

More than half of teenage girls doing part-time jobs in Seoul have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, a poll showed Wednesday.The survey of 544 girls aged 14-19 in the capital showed 56 percent of the respondents had someone joke about their physical appearance or specific bod...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:25

Ministry blasted for neglect of wartime sex slavery websites

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family was criticized during a parliamentary inspection Wednesday for its poor maintenance of websites on the experiences of Korean wartime sex slaves during World War II.Lawmaker Nam Yoon In-soon pointed out that although 140 million won ($130,000) was ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:24