About 56 per cent of women aged 15-64 work in South Korea, below the OECD average of almost 60 per cent, and 72-75 per cent in Denmark and Sweden, where birth rates are among the highest of advanced economies.
South Korea received around $800 million in economic aid and loans from Japan in exchange for Seoul considering all pre-treaty compensation issues settled which was spent on rebuiding the infrastructure and economy ravaged by the 1950-53 Korean War.
It was a bigger reshuffle than expected, but the appointment of their successors from within the government indicated President Moon would reinforce his economic policies, which economists have said were hurting growth.
On Wednesday, Moon tweeted, “Prime Minister @narendramodi of India sent me some gorgeous garments. These are modernised versions of traditional costume, known as the “Modi Vest”, that can also be worn easily in Korea. They fit perfectly.”
Some experts say Moon's government is becoming increasingly sensitive about public opinion as it struggles with economic and social policies and desperately tries to keep optimism alive for its fragile diplomacy with North Korea.
The two Koreas agreed this week to begin reconnecting rail and road links, in spite of US concerns that a rapid thaw in relations could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.