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CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa Quits TV Show Amid Controversy Over Academic Favor

CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa Quits TV Show Amid Controversy Over Academic Favor

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Jung Yong-hwa of the idol band CNBLUE will be leaving a cable TV show after the revelation that he received preferential treatment in graduate school admission, his agency said Wednesday. “After much thought, Jung decided to voluntarily quit the program, feeling responsibility for today’s controversy and hoping the issue [...]

Moon Says PyeongChang Olympics Will Lead to Improved Inter-Korean Ties

Moon Says PyeongChang Olympics Will Lead to Improved Inter-Korean Ties

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday that North Korea’s participation in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games here will help improve inter-Korean ties. “We have great expectations for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, and the stars of the PyeongChang Olympics are you athletes,” the president said during his first visit to the National Training Center in Jincheon, located 90 kilometers south of Seoul. [...]

S. Korean Duty-Free Sales Reach Record High in 2017 Despite THAAD Row

S. Korean Duty-Free Sales Reach Record High in 2017 Despite THAAD Row

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales at South Korean duty-free stores reached an all-time high last year, despite a sharp drop in the number of foreign tourists following a diplomatic row between Seoul and Beijing over a U.S. anti-missile system, customs data showed Wednesday. Combined sales to foreigners at 48 local duty-free shops came to 14.5 trillion won (US$13.6 billion) in 2017, up 17.9 percent from 12.3 trillion won tallied the previous year, according to [...]

Korea Post to Release PyeongChang Paralympics Stamps this Week

Korea Post to Release PyeongChang Paralympics Stamps this Week

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Korea Post said Wednesday it will begin selling commemorative stamps for the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics later this week. A total of 800,000 copies of 10 stamps will be sold with the PyeongChang Paralympics mascot Bandabi, an Asiatic black bear, appearing on the stamps doing alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, [...]

Jeju Government Officials Meet Exhibition Agency to Discuss Possible Projects

Jeju Government Officials Meet Exhibition Agency to Discuss Possible Projects

JEJU, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Exhibitions featuring famous film series such as Harry Potter and Avatar could soon be coming to Jeju Island. According to the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC) on Tuesday, city officials and representatives from German company AWC AG, Europe’s largest blockbuster exhibition agency, have agreed to hold business negotiations [...]

Growing Number of People Diagnosed with Shingles

Growing Number of People Diagnosed with Shingles

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of shingles patients is increasing yearly, especially among women and people in their 50s, medical data showed Wednesday. According to records from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, 691,339 people were diagnosed with shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in 2016. The number is an increase [...]