Busan News for Friday, February 26th, 2010

Busan Birthrate

Busan still ranks last among the 16 cities or provinces in the country according to birthrate, even through the city has made a strong push to encourage its citizens to have more children.
According to last year’s birthrate statistics from the National Statistical Office Busan remained at the bottom for the 13th consecutive year.
The total fertility rate for Busan, which is the average number of children one women has during her lifetime, was just .94, well below the nation’s average of 1.15.
There were only 25 thousand children born in Busan last year, down 5.7% compared to 2008. It is the second year in a row the number has gone down.
Studies show that many young couples from Busan are moving to other regions including Gyeongnam in search of better jobs.
In the meantime, the average birthrate and total number of babies dropped across the country while the average age for giving birth rose slightly to 31.

Busan still ranks last among the 16 cities or provinces in the country according to birthrate, even through the city has made a strong push to encourage its citizens to have more children.
According to last year’s birthrate statistics from the National Statistical Office Busan remained at the bottom for the 13th consecutive year.
The total fertility rate for Busan, which is the average number of children one women has during her lifetime, was just .94, well below the nation’s average of 1.15.
There were only 25 thousand children born in Busan last year, down 5.7% compared to 2008. It is the second year in a row the number has gone down.
Studies show that many young couples from Busan are moving to other regions including Gyeongnam in search of better jobs.
In the meantime, the average birthrate and total number of babies dropped across the country while the average age for giving birth rose slightly to 31.

Jang-an (장안) Industrial Complex

The 장안 industrial complex development project was completed today(26).

According to officials from 기장군, construction took 2 years and 8 months thanks to cooperation between 기장군, the Busan Metropolitan Corporation, and the Association of Car Parts manufacturing industry.

The complex’s total area stretches to 1,310,000 square meters and the land will cost 830 thousand won for every 3.3 square meters.

46 enterprises are planning to move into the area including Hyundai motor’s 23 partner companies.

Officials from 기장군 predict that if the complex is successful it should generate an economic affect worth 1.3 trillion won and provide jobs for 10 thousand new employees.

Busan Rapid Transit
The city of Busan is going to come up with a plan to build a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) in the middle of a main city artery.
The city held a presentation with the attendance of city council members, traffic experts, and members of citizens’ groups in Busan cityhall today(26).
The presentation was focused on the 14 kilometer long stretch between 내성 and 송정 which has been selected prior to starting the project.
The city is planing to introduce the BRT as a part of a model project from the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. If it is chosen, then 40% of the budget will be invested for the project.
New Busan Subway Station Names
Names have been chosen for the subway stations on Busan’s new No. 4 line which is scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year.
The Busan Transportation Corporation held a deliberating committee to christen the stations and settled on the names, Minam, Dongrae, Suan, Nakmin, and Chumgnyeolsa.
Names for the stations on either side of Bansong, which area residents were in disagreement over, were set as Yeongsan University Station and DongBusan University Station.
The regional names for each station will be written in parenthesis along with the chosen names.
New Freestyle Independent Public High Schools in Busan
5 high schools in Busan, including Busan Jungang, Geumjeong, Busan Jin, Yeongdo girl’s, and Jury girl’s high school will be converted into independent public high schools beginning next year.
This will increase the total number of independent high schools in Busan from 4 to 9.
Principals at the independent schools are allowed to appoint their own teachers and can expand the number of visiting teachers by as much as 100%.
Busan’s Community Media Center and BNUE Team up
The Community Media Center (COMC) and Busan National University of Education are joining together to raise highly qualified media teachers.
Both organization have concluded an agreement to train media teachers, design curriculum, and exchange information and facility resources.
The COMC will gather applications next month and start its training in April. The training program will be 90 hours long and graduates will receive a certificate upon completion. The certified teachers will then be sent out to area schools for their after-school programs.
Hanjin Heavy Industries Strike
The labor union at Hanjin Heavy Industries went on strike today (26).
The union said that even though they presented many compromises, including sharing losses the company incurred through poor management, the company turned down all of their offers, so there was no other choice but to go on strike.
The company management said that conditions there became worse because of the financial crisis and that restructuring was inevitable.
The union held a press conference and announced that they would hold a general strike to protest the company’s unilateral decision to restructure.

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