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Anxiety About COVID-19 Infection During Hospital Visits on the Rise

Anxiety About COVID-19 Infection During Hospital Visits on the Rise

SEOUL, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of South Korean patients who felt anxiety about the risk of being infected with diseases during hospital visits marked a sharp increase last year, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The percentage of patients who felt anxiety about infection within hospitals stood at 15.6 percent among those

AI Helps Doctors Detect High Blood Pressure Patients by Face Shape and Color

AI Helps Doctors Detect High Blood Pressure Patients by Face Shape and Color

DAEJEON, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine said Wednesday that it can detect high blood pressure patients simply by the color and shape of an individual’s face in a photo. On the basis of about 1,000 photos of high blood pressure patients and normal persons, the research team quantitatively extracted

Elderly Participation in Labor Market Declines After Increase in Basic Pension Benefits

Elderly Participation in Labor Market Declines After Increase in Basic Pension Benefits

SEOUL, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) — After the amount of basic pension benefits that are given to elderly people with an income lower than a certain level increased, their participation in the labor market decreased, a recent study showed. Kim Hak-hyo (lead author), a student in the doctoral program at Sogang University and Kim Hong-kyun

SK Innovation to Replace Refinery’s Bunker C Oil Boilers with Eco-friendly LNG Boilers

SK Innovation to Replace Refinery’s Bunker C Oil Boilers with Eco-friendly LNG Boilers

SEOUL, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Innovation Co. said Wednesday that it will replace the boiler fuel at its Ulsan refining complex, the nation’s first oil refinery, with eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel starting from July. Since 2019, the refinery-and-battery unit of SK Group has invested a total of 69 billion won (US$61.8

Japan’s Decision to Dump Contaminated Water into Sea Angers Neighboring Countries

Japan’s Decision to Dump Contaminated Water into Sea Angers Neighboring Countries

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) — On Tuesday, the Japanese government decided to dump contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, leading to a firestorm of criticism for the lack of consideration of neighboring countries. Tokyo appears to have tried to appease domestic resistance against the plan but shows no attention

New Plans for Chinatown in Gangwon Province Hit with Massive Criticism

New Plans for Chinatown in Gangwon Province Hit with Massive Criticism

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A construction project for a Korea-China Cultural Town is being embroiled in anti-Chinese sentiment opposing China’s cultural infringement upon South Korea. A petition was posted at an online petition site run by the presidential office last month calling upon the government to stop the Chinatown construction in Gangwon Province.

S. Korea to Designate Makgeolli-making as Intangible Heritage

S. Korea to Designate Makgeolli-making as Intangible Heritage

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Traditional practices for making “makgeolli,” a South Korean traditional grain-based alcoholic drink, becomes cultural asset. The Cultural Heritage Administration announced Tuesday that it will soon designate the culture of makgeolli production as a national intangible cultural asset. The administration will not, however, recognize skilled individuals or organizations of makgeolli-making

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