≡ Govt To Spend \330 Tln To Set Up Inclusive Social Safety Net
The government has decided to invest more than 330 trillion won by 2023 to set up a more inclusive social safety net.
The welfare ministry rolled out a comprehensive five-year plan this morning that aims to improve the lives of the South Korean people in the areas of employment, education, income and health.
The government also announced its mid to long term goals, including an ambitious endeavor to place South Korea in the global top 10 for the quality of peoples' livelihoods by 2040.
The ministry said that implementation plans will be set up for each year and will be evaluated to come up with improvements for lacking sectors.■
≡ Abe Defends Keeping 'Sea Of Japan' Term
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has claimed "Sea of Japan" is the only name established in the international society for the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
When asked at a parliamentary meeting about his stance on South Korea's objection to the term, Abe said there is no need or reason to replace it.
He added that he will continue to urge international organizations to support the name.
Earlier, Tokyo said it is willing to hold unofficial discussions about the term with related countries as recommended by the International Hydrographic Organization.
South Korea has been pushing to replace the term with "East Sea," saying Sea of Japan is a legacy of Japan's colonial rule in the region.■
≡ Govt To Cut Disposable Cup Usage By Third In 2019
The environment ministry is planning to cut the nation's disposable cup usage by a third this year.
The ministry said it aims to reduce the number of such cups used in the country to four billion.
That would be a 35 percent decrease from 6.1 billion disposable cups used in 2015.
The government also plans to process 20 percent of nearly 66 tons of returned trash at waste facilities nationwide by the end of the year, with an aim to get rid of them by 2022.■
≡ Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Pledges More Support For Korean Firms In Far East
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev has vowed to take more steps to support South Korean firms doing business in Russia's Far East.
The minister made the remarks at a meeting with executives of Korean firms in Seoul earlier in the day.
Trutnev said the Russian government plans to build a special zone for international hospitals in the Far East, expressing hope that Korean hospitals will make inroads into the region.
He added that Russia will give tax benefits and ease some regulations for Korean firms in the Far East.■