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S. Korea Unveils ‘Tobacco Endgame’ Plan to Get People to Quit Smoking

S. Korea Unveils ‘Tobacco Endgame’ Plan to Get People to Quit Smoking

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea unveiled its “tobacco endgame” plan that calls for adopting uniform, plain packaging for all cigarettes and more graphic warning labels to push people to quit smoking, the government said Tuesday. The comprehensive endeavor, reached by the public health policy review committee, aims to lower the smoking rate [...]

IoT Devices for Factory Machinery Will Raise Chattel Mortgage Values

IoT Devices for Factory Machinery Will Raise Chattel Mortgage Values

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Following the enactment of a new provision that enables value appreciation of chattel mortgages, for items such as factory machinery, when Internet of Things (IoT) systems are in place to manage them, South Korean banks are offering various IoT-based mortgage loan products and services. The Korea Federation of Banks [...]

50,000 Won in Gifts for Those Who Adopt Abandoned Pets

50,000 Won in Gifts for Those Who Adopt Abandoned Pets

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced on Thursday that it will give 50,000 won (US$42.46) worth of congratulatory gifts to citizens who adopt abandoned animals under a business agreement with Samsung Card Co., the credit card arm of South Korea’s top conglomerate Samsung Group. Under the agreement, the SMG [...]

Photo of Seoul Mayor Inspires Company to Build Ice Pack Air Conditioner

Photo of Seoul Mayor Inspires Company to Build Ice Pack Air Conditioner

SEOUL, Apr. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Last summer, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon did a ‘one-month stay’ in a rooftop house in Seoul without a single air conditioner. He coursed through the summer’s blazing heat with a single electric fan, gifted to him by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. His modest lifestyle inspired many, particularly when [...]

Changwon to Introduce Eco-friendly Farming Techniques at Junam Reservoir

Changwon to Introduce Eco-friendly Farming Techniques at Junam Reservoir

CHANGWON, Apr. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Farmland near Junam Reservoir in the city of Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, a popular destination for migratory birds, will turn into a pesticide-free farming complex that helps both the birds and the environment. Changwon, the Morning of Junam, a farming association, and the Machangjin Federation for Environmental Movement signed [...]

Sookmyung Women’s University Offers VR Job Interview Simulations

Sookmyung Women’s University Offers VR Job Interview Simulations

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) announced on Tuesday that it had conducted a simulated interview program for job seekers using virtual reality. The program, which runs on virtual reality (VR) technology, brings participants to a virtual interview session, where interviewers are present for a real-time interview. All of the answers [...]

Local Gov’t, Enterprise and Educational Authorities Join Hands to Recycle Tires into Toys

Local Gov’t, Enterprise and Educational Authorities Join Hands to Recycle Tires into Toys

GWANGJU, Apr. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Local governments, businesses and education authorities have joined hands in developing play education for teenagers by recycling old tires. Gwangsan District in the city of Gwangju said that it will sign a business agreement with Kumho Tire Co., South Korea’s second-largest tiremaker, and the Gwangju Educational Research Information Service [...]

Army Captain Develops AI Program that Predicts Aftereffects of a Stroke

Army Captain Develops AI Program that Predicts Aftereffects of a Stroke

SEOUL, Apr. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Capt. Heo Jun-nyeong of the 21st Infantry Division of the ROK Army has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that can predict the aftereffects of a stroke. The Army announced on Sunday that Heo’s paper on the AI program was published by Stroke, an internationally acclaimed journal on strokes. [...]

KB Kookmin Bank Introduces Palm Vein Recognition Service for Cash Withdrawals

KB Kookmin Bank Introduces Palm Vein Recognition Service for Cash Withdrawals

SEOUL, Apr. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean lender KB Kookmin Bank has introduced a new service that allows customers to make withdrawals through hand recognition, instead of having to use a bankbook, stamp or password. The bank announced on Sunday that customers will now be able to make withdrawals at the counter using palm [...]