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S. Korea to Halt Benefits to Novartis Drugs over Illegal Rebates

S. Korea to Halt Benefits to Novartis Drugs over Illegal Rebates

SEOUL, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s health ministry said Wednesday it will suspend providing benefits for nine variations of two drug types manufactured by the local unit of Novartis after the Swiss pharmaceutical giant was found to have been engaged in illegal kickbacks. For six months starting in August, local customers will have [...]

Accidents of Personal Transport Including Segways on the Rise

Accidents of Personal Transport Including Segways on the Rise

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Accidents involving personal transport including scooters and Segways have nearly quadrupled over the past four years, according to recent information compiled by the Hyundai Insurance Research Center. The statistics released yesterday, which were based on the insurance company’s database, revealed that the incidence of accidents increased over 300 percent, [...]

Culture Foundation Runs Visual Contest on Korea

Culture Foundation Runs Visual Contest on Korea

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul-based cultural foundation has opened a photo and video contest about Korea, aimed at piquing interests among foreigners in the country and offering a chance for a dialogue on how to better promote the country abroad. The Corea Image Communications Institute (CICI), which is holding the contest until July 17, said on Tuesday foreigners living in Korea and Koreans who want to [...]

Hong Sang-soo Gets More Audience-friendly with ‘The Day After’

Hong Sang-soo Gets More Audience-friendly with ‘The Day After’

CANNES, France, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s latest film “The Day After” drew a warm and enthusiastic reception after its world premiere on Monday (local time) at the Cannes film festival competition. The 21st feature from Hong, about a married man’s infidelity drama, got four minutes of standing ovation at [...]

Sales of Organic Food Plunge Amid Economic Slump

Sales of Organic Food Plunge Amid Economic Slump

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales of organic food products in South Korea have nearly halved in recent years, as the long-term economic slump sees more and more consumers in the country hesitate to open their wallets for eco-friendly and chemical-free produce. What was once fast becoming a popular lifestyle choice on the back [...]

Foreign Tourists Fall 27 pct Last Month amid THAAD Row

Foreign Tourists Fall 27 pct Last Month amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign tourists to South Korea fell 27 percent in April from a year earlier as demand from China fell dramatically, the country’s tourism agency said Monday. Last month, a total of 1.07 million foreigners visited the country. Chinese travelers plunged 67 percent year-over-year to 227,811, according [...]