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South Korea Weighs Alternative Military Service Programs for Pop Culture Artists

Following BTS’ billboard success, Seoul deliberates whether to allow pop culture artists to participate in alternative military service programs.

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Does Seoul Listen to Women on Women’s Issues?

The new pro-choice law falls short of women’s demands, raising questions on the government’s engagement with civic organizations.

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Labor Rights as Public Health Policy

The campaign to better protect the labor force from COVID-19 is stymied by the ban on public rallies intended to prevent the spread of the disease.

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The Inherent Limitation of a Pro-Engagement Posture

After the murder of a South Korean official by North Korean soldiers, the Moon administration’s pro-engagement posture creates domestic political stresses.

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Battle over Justice in the Cyberspace

The government’s effort to restrict digital vigilantism is creating tension with the public that looks to rectify perceived miscarriages of justice.

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Overworked and Underpaid Delivery Service Workers

Despite recognition of their vital role in the pandemic, South Korean delivery service workers enjoy little protections because only full-time workers are legally protected.

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Suga Likely to Maintain “New Normal” in Korea-Japan Relations

Although Suga Yoshihide presents a chance to stop the downturn in relations with South Korea, he and President Moon will face difficulties in addressing long-standing barriers to cooperation.

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The OECD’s 2020 Survey of Korea Focuses on Policies to Overcome the Pandemic

The OECD now projects that Korea’s real GDP will decline 1.0% in 2020, a mild contraction compared to the United States, Japan, and the euro area.

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Government Struggles to Juggle Messaging around the Crisis

Public opinion sours as the government’s subsidies for corporations appear at odds with calls for personal sacrifice to overcome the pandemic.

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What Woodward’s Book “Rage” Tells us about U.S.-Korea Relations

The main Korea story to emerge from the new book “Rage” is the letters between Trump and Kim, but perhaps odder are Trump’s efforts to mirror the language.

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