Asia Briefs: S. Korea cuts maximum work week to 52 hours

S. Korea cuts maximum work week to 52 hours

SEOUL • South Korea has officially dropped its maximum work week to 52 hours, in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country's notoriously long work hours.

The new law, which was a campaign promise by President Moon Jae-in, went into effect for businesses with more than 300 employees, state-run agencies and government offices starting yesterday.

Under the law, which slashed the maximum weekly work hours to 52 from 68, workers in South Korea will be allowed to work 40 hours and an additional 12 hours of overtime.


Cambodia weaves its way to world record

BANGKOK • Cambodia won a place in the Guinness book of World Records yesterday for a 1,149.8m-long version of the country's popular krama scarf.

Supported by a youth movement with links to the nation's ruling party, more than 23,000 people took part in the six-month weaving marathon outside Phnom Penh's Royal Palace.


Typhoon Prapiroon closes in on Okinawa

TOKYO • Okinawa residents braced themselves for large waves and violent winds after weather authorities warned of a fierce cyclone approaching the southern Japanese island.

Typhoon Prapiroon was closing in on Okinawa's capital Naha yesterday afternoon while packing gusts of up to 144kmh, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

It was expected to draw close to the Okinawa island last night through to this morning before veering towards south-western Japan and the Korean peninsula.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe