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Tough new rules for talent agencies

The government is cracking down on entertainment agencies, with legislation passing Tuesday that will restrict who can create new companies.

Under the law, new agencies will need to get approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism before they recruit trainees. Founders of new entertainment agencies will be required to have at least four years of experience in the industry, and those who have a criminal record will come under tighter scrutiny.

In addition, stricter rules protecting underage trainees will prevent them from training between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. or for more than 46 hours per week.

“With these new rules, we will have a healthier entertainment industry and make the overall pop culture and related businesses develop by restricting the number of agencies,” said the ministry in a statement. “We will continue working to improve regulations in the coming days.”

The new measures will be reviewed in a cabinet meeting soon and will become effective six months after the review is completed.

By Lee Sun-min
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