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Tongyeong to be Revamped as Maritime City Under New Deal Project

Tongyeong to be Revamped as Maritime City Under New Deal Project

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The government has announced plans for nationwide New Deal projects that will see 68 attractions across the country revitalized, including the city of Tongyeong. According to plans revealed by the government on Thursday, a number of old local landmarks and cultural assets in South Korea will take center stage [...]

Antitrust Chief Urges Voluntary Change of Conglomerates

Antitrust Chief Urges Voluntary Change of Conglomerates

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The head of South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said he expects the country’s large businesses groups to voluntarily reform their cobweb-like family-run governance structures to meet market expectations and promote fair competition. “I once again reaffirm that I will never be pushy and coercive in carrying out reform on conglomerates,” [...]

S. Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Push to Improve Transparency

S. Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Push to Improve Transparency

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges said Friday they will adopt a raft of self-regulatory measures to improve transparency in trading to keep the unregulated market in check amid worries over a bitcoin frenzy. The Korean Blockchain Industry Association composed of 14 virtual currency exchanges said its members agreed to require [...]

State Utilities to Expand Drone Use for Facility Maintenance

State Utilities to Expand Drone Use for Facility Maintenance

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s state-run utilities companies will expand the use of drones in checking power stations and other facilities to improve efficiency and safety, the energy ministry said Friday. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced the plan in a meeting of drone developers, state utility firms and research [...]

Lotte in Disarray Over Its Head’s Possible Jail Term

Lotte in Disarray Over Its Head’s Possible Jail Term

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean retail giant Lotte is in disarray as its head is facing two possible jail terms in the coming weeks over bribery and other charges, industry watchers said Thursday. Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin is accused of giving 7 billion won (US$6.43 million) in bribes to a foundation run by ex-President Park Geun-hye’s friend Choi Soon-il as he sought favors in winning a government license [...]

Mobile Sector Leads Gaming Industry Past 11B Won Milestone

Mobile Sector Leads Gaming Industry Past 11B Won Milestone

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Revenue generated by mobile games surged this year, while traditional moneymakers like online games and “PC room” games – games played in South Korean internet cafes – stumbled. South Korean games have endured a series of ups and downs in the past decade. According to a government document published [...]