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Suicides of K-pop singers spark soul-searching in South Korea

By: Charli James | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Sonia BARITELLO | Laura WELFRINGER
14 min

In the span of just six weeks, two beloved K-pop singers have ended their lives in South Korea. The suicides have sparked soul-searching in the country, where female stars are expected to adhere to puritanical expectations. Those who don't become victims of online attacks, which can take a mental toll. We take a closer look.


Meanwhile, it's been just over a year since Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan, spending 129 days in detention before being granted bail. His case has drawn attention to Japan's prison system, where guards don't carry weapons and inmates rarely misbehave. Authorities claim that's because of a strict set of rules, which are enforced without exception. We bring you a clip from a documentary aired on France Télévision's "Envoyé Spécial" show, with Babel Productions.

And in New Zealand, a new initiative has made the four-day working week a reality. Workers are still considered to be working full time and their salaries stay the same. But how does a shorter week affect productivity? We find out more.

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