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South Korea Tries $500 Handouts to Help Reclusive Kids Get Out

  • Country to provide funds to youth for education, job programs
  • Measure aimed at young Koreans with severe social withdrawal

The South Korean government wants shut-in kids to leave the house and go outside.

The country’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said the cabinet passed a measure Tuesday to provide potentially thousands of dollars a year in education, job counseling and health support to those between the ages of 9 and 24 living as recluses.