The continuous outpour of sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures and the subsequent #MeToo movement, with its millions of uses, showed the extent of such unreported cases; the key components missing in the addressing of such sexual offenses are preventative measures and the establishment of mediums and processes that guarantee a thorough investigation into each case that is reported, whether through official legal means or through the workplace.
The common consensus that can be felt from various comments in news articles involving court cases against sexual crimes in several popular portal websites such as Naver or Daum is this: stricter punishment for those convicted. Public discontent has been growing, peaking during the 2016-2017 South Korean protests, calling for the long necessary update of the jaded Korean judicial system.
The #MeToo movement, encouraging women across the globe to come forward about sexual harassment they have experienced, garnered over a million tweets within a few days. The initial call to speak out came from actress Alyssa Milano, the costar of Rose McGowan, who was among the first women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape about the influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in an article in The New York Times on October 5.
The short yet powerful words “me too” show us how sexual harassment may be more common than people believe. Despite the prevalence of sexual assaults now being discussed, the previous lack of conversation around it may be attributed to the stigma associated with the topic.
As the last in the triumvirate of reforms since the president’s inauguration, housing reforms followed the same principle; on three separate dates, President Moon carved out significant housing reforms that hoped to stabilize the fluctuating market and crack down on the abuse of real estate as a means for speculation.
On August 9, President Moon announced the government’s new healthcare plan to expand healthcare and reduce the burden of medical expenses. The new policy has invited both acclamation and controversy, which are inevitable as the so-called “Moon Jae-in Care” would transform many aspects of the healthcare industry.
Education reform has been one of President Moon’s key promises as a presidential candidate, and he has selected long-time education reform advocate Sang-kon Kim as his Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. However, in its current form, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is yet to be complete, as there are several key positions that are still vacant.
155 days since his inauguration, President Moon has been disclosing his longer-term plans for Korea. News reports and press releases have rolled out core aspects of serving the welfare of the Korean people in multiple ways.
Koreans have returned to buying sterilizers, menstrual pads, and eggs since all three crises have reached the headlines. Unbeknownst to most, however, the arduous investigations on and legal battles against the companies that propagated the misuse of harmful chemicals in their products continue.
The sanitary pad crisis had yet to even staunch the outpour of its problems before another scandal whisked Korea and the world into chaos. On July 19, the Belgian government reported the first instances of insecticide-contaminated eggs.
Last March, the Women’s Environmental Alliance announced the troubling results of a toxicity analysis on commercial sanitary pads. They had conducted a fund to finance this investigation in response to the growing suspicions of users of a specific brand of sanitary pads who had problems with their menstruation.
In 2011, hospital records showed some of the first deaths due to the chemicals in humidifier sterilizers. Oxy Reckitt Benckiser (Oxy RB), the Korean division of the British-based company Reckitt Benckiser, has been the main target of the scandal as the market leader of humidifier sterilizers sold in Korea since 1994.
While the chaos of the presidential election period had put the limelight on the presidential candidates, when Jae-in Moon cemented his position as the 19th President of South Korea, the focus shifted to his picks for his closest aides.
Some called it a foregone conclusion; Jae-in Moon, now the 19th President of the Republic of Korea, comfortably celebrated his victory on May 10 after a sweeping 41.1% plurality against 24.0% of Liberty Korea Party candidate Jun-pyo Hong.
President Moon’s way to the Blue House was a tough one. During the presidential debates, the then-candidate seemed to struggle most with questions demanding his stance on two issues: defense and science and technology. As he is no more a candidate, now seems an opportune time to further scrutinize his policies on those agenda.As a former special forces soldier, President Moon does appear con
One of Jae-in Moon’s first promises to the public as a presidential candidate was to clean out the backlog of corruption and irregularities rooted in the previous administrations of former presidents Geun-hye Park and Myung-bak Lee. Both of the previous two administrations had been marked with public protests and downward spirals in approval ratings, with the most recent debacle ending in th
Thomas Jefferson once famously — and bitterly — declared, “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Though stated when the then President of the United States (POTUS) had grown fatigued by the incessant news of his personal pursuits and rumors during his candidacy, the quote had been resurrected with vigor in response to “The Great Flood” of fake news and distrust in the media. Remarkably, the wariness towards media has been skewed disproportionately towards the traditional media forms, while the social media networks have surged in both popularity from its users.
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Given the variety of policies adopted by different countries, one may be inclined to think that Korea is in dire need of relaxing the progressive rate it imposes on electricity consumption, especially for households. However, to students at KAIST, where electricity consumption at dormitories comes at no additional cost apart from the fxed monthly dormitory fees, it is apparent that an impetuous re