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Korea wary of opioid abuse among teens, its deadly consequences
The 2022 Crime White Paper released in April by the Institute of Justice, a research arm of the Ministry of Justice, sheds light on the unique nature of drug crimes in Korea. In 2021, 16,153 people were arrested in Korea for drug crimes and those who were caught for possessing, using, selling or distributing psychostimulants accounted for the lion's share at 10,631, followed ...
[INTERVIEW] Korea advised not to follow US model in war on drugs
Controlled substance abuse and its fatal consequences have become a common headache for policymakers in Korea and the United States, since doctor shopping or visiting multiple physicians to obtain multiple prescriptions recently emerged as a major public health problem in Korea.
Digital chefs to present gourmet food at Jeju's food festival
Some 30 Korean and international chefs will arrive on the southern resort island of Jeju next week for the Jeju Food & Wine Festival (JFWF). During the 10-day event, they will team up with local gourmet restaurants and culinary school students to create new recipes with local ingredients.
[INTERVIEW] College admission is not prize to be won
Becky Munsterer Sabky's 2021 book, titled “Valedictorians at The Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College,” gives answers to the most sought-after question from some Korean parents about how prestigious U.S. universities select their students. Delving into what kinds of students top-tier universities like Dartmouth are looking for and how the...
[INTERVIEW] It's now or never to combat illegal drugs
“Buying illegal drugs online has become as easy as ordering a pizza over the phone.” With those comments, Kim Hee-jun, a partner at the Seoul-based law firm, LKB & Partners, highlighted the fact that easy access to prohibited drugs has played a critical part in a rapid increase of drug crimes involving teenagers.
Korean War hero's daughter recalls patriotic, yet strict father
Singer Kim Mi-ryeong, better known to the Korean public by her stage name, Jin Mi-ryeong, has mixed feelings about her late father, Army Colonel Kim Dong-seok (1923-2009) who was chosen earlier this month as a Korean War hero, along with 11 other notable veterans.
Numbers fail to show seriousness of drug-related crimes
President Yoon Suk Yeol's remarks during a town hall meeting in December last year sparked a debate about the rationale of local politicians who repeatedly use the inaccurate description that South Korea is “a country free from drug-related crimes.”
[INTERVIEW] Bad deal is better than no deal to halt North Korea's nuclear ambitions
In 2019, then U.S. President Donald Trump received bipartisan support, despite coming home empty-handed on the heels of a failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam's capital. The rationale of U.S. senators who backed Trump, regardless of their party affiliations, was that sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. ...
[INTERVIEW] US urges China to play role to stop human rights abuses in North Korea
The United States will continue its diplomatic efforts to build pressure on China to scrap its forced repatriation of North Korean refugees as the brutal policy has resulted in unspeakable human rights violations of those returned to the North, according to a U.S. nuclear envoy.
[INTERVIEW] 'When in South Korea, do as Southerners do'
Kim Hong-kyun seems to be the man who can literally “make a living by selling sand to desert people.” Koreans use the phrase “doing sand business in the desert” to refer to people with exceptional business and survival skills. In the desert, sand is everywhere, so common that few people believe one can make ends meet there by selling sand. As always, however, people with extr...
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