South Korea Imposes Midnight Gaming Curfew To Curb Addiction


No More Living After Midnight…

“Other people sacrifice their sons to the nation, but I gave my son away to online games,” one South Korean mother told Donga, a South Korean news outlet.

In an effort to curb video game addiction among youth, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has implemented a sort of gaming “curfew” that will block underage users from accessing online computer games after midnight.

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Robot Teachers Are A Hit In South Korea


Robot teachers have been given the thumbs up in South Korea, with a government report saying they have been a hit with pupils during a pilot project

The scheme saw robotic English teachers taking lessons in three elementary schools for eight weeks from last December, as well as robot-like machines teaching maths, science and art classes in ten Seoul schools from last November.

The teaching-bots were a combination of fully autonomous robots, which used voice-recognition software to understand what children are saying, and ‘telepresence’ robots, which are controlled remotely by a teacher who monitors the children via video cameras and microphones.

The government report said that the robot trials were a success. ‘The machines spurred creativity and had a positive influence on the attitude of students,’ one Ministry of Knowledge Economy official told the Yonhap news agency.

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South Koreans Told To Go Home And Make Babies

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Attacking Low Birth Rates In South Korea Is Now Routine
South Korean government workers are being given an unusual instruction – go home and multiply.

At 1900 on Wednesday, officials at the Ministry of Health will turn off all the lights in the building.

They want to encourage staff to go home to their families and, well, make bigger ones. They plan to repeat the experiment every month.


Lotte Super Tower 123: Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Completed In 2014


South Korea’s super skyscraper

A new super skyscraper has just been announced for South Korea and will tower over all other buildings in Asia when it is complete in 2014. From a global perspective, Lotte Super Tower 123, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, falls just short of taking the title, and will be not the tallest but the  second tallest skyscraper in the world. The structure will serve as the new corporate headquarters for the Lotte Group, whose subsidairy, Lotte Construction, will build it. Zoning has been approved and excavation is nearly complete. With aims towards LEED silver certification, the tower will have a strong environmental component and will offer Seoulians mixed-use areas such as shops, apartments, offices and a hotel. (Pics)


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Amazing Photos: Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

North Korean soldiers walk in an early morning mist with
their rifles and spades along the North Korean-Chinese border

News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently, with their test launch of a rocket over Japan, withdrawal from nuclear disarmament talks coupled with a threat to restart their nuclear program, reports that their nuclear attack capabilities may be larger than previously thought – and their recent arrest and indictment of two U.S. reporters on its border with China. Even with all this attention, photographs from North Korea are still restricted and hard to come by. One way around that has been for photographers to peer inside from across the border, a pastime that has also spurred a level of curious tourism in both neighboring South Korea and China. (Pics)

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South Korean Court Upholds That Only Blind Can Be Masseurs


At Least They Are Golden

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that only the visually impaired can be licensed masseurs in the country, upholding a law set up a century ago despite arguments it infringed on free employment rights.

The law was established in 1912 when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule to help guarantee the blind a livelihood, according the to the Korean Association of Masseurs, which now has about 7,100 visually impaired people as members.

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