In South Korea, the newly-coined term “earthen spoon” is definitely among 2015's Words of the Year. The term “earthen spoon” (a self-deprecating term referring to those without wealthy and influential family backgrounds) symbolizes the frustration of many Koreans in their 20s while serving as a symbol of fear for Koreans in their 50s and 60s.
On October 12, the Park Geun-hye government announced its plan to reintroduce state-authored history textbooks for secondary school students, a controversial move that made a comeback 42 years after the authoritarian Park Chung-hee government
In North Korea, standards laws pertain to North Korea’s standardization policy and there is a national standard called KPS. The Korea National Quality Supervision Agency (SAQM) is operating under the National Academy of Sciences of North Korea, one of North Korea’s cabinet agencies.
The Invention Office, under the Science and Technology Committee of North Korea, takes charge of the N. Korean government’s intellectual property (IP) rights, including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.