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Refunds Soar for Children’s Video Game Payments Using Parents’ Credit Cards

Refunds Soar for Children’s Video Game Payments Using Parents’ Credit Cards

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of underage children using their parents’ credit cards or cell phones (direct carrier billing) to pay for their gaming ventures is on the rise, and as a result, refund requests from parents receiving monthly billing surprises are also growing.  According to the Korea Consumer Agency, there were [...]

Exports of S. Korean Cosmetics Soar 10 Times in 7 Yrs

Exports of S. Korean Cosmetics Soar 10 Times in 7 Yrs

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Exports of South Korea-made cosmetics soared more than 10-fold over the past seven years, government data showed Wednesday, as the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, fueled robust demand from China and other Asian countries.  Outbound shipments of makeup products reached US$4.18 billion in 2016, compared to $451.15 million tallied in [...]

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of South Korean fashion brand PLAYNOMORE in a copyright lawsuit filed by Hermès, upsetting a previous ruling in favor of the French luxury brand.  The dispute goes back to November 2015 when Hermès filed a lawsuit against the Korean company, [...]

Hermes Bags Are Talk of Town amid Nation-Rocking Scandal

Hermes Bags Are Talk of Town amid Nation-Rocking Scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Hermes handbags, despite their international reputation as an elegant luxury brand, are adding bitterness to their cachet in South Korea as they have been used as a “popular” item for bribes in high-profile political scandals.  Industry sources have widely suspected that either a Birkin bag or Kelly bag, two [...]

S. Korea’s Antibiotic Use down in 2015, Still Highest Among OECD Countries

S. Korea’s Antibiotic Use down in 2015, Still Highest Among OECD Countries

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s consumption of antibiotics edged down in 2015 but remained the highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the health ministry said Monday.  According to the ministry, the country’s antibiotic use was tallied at 31.1 defined daily dose (DDD) per 1,000 people, meaning 31.1 [...]

Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – An increasing number of South Koreans are seeking Buddhist priesthood after their retirement, but an ordinance set by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism – the largest Buddhist sect here – prohibits those over the age of 50 from commencing priesthood.  An upcoming meeting scheduled for March will once [...]

S Korea’s Fashion Market to Grow 3.3 Pct This Year: Report

S Korea’s Fashion Market to Grow 3.3 Pct This Year: Report

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s fashion market is expected to grow 3.3 percent in 2017 from a year earlier, with major apparel companies ramping up efforts to expand their footing here and abroad amid dim prospects, industry data showed Friday.  The size of the domestic fashion market is predicted to reach 39.3 [...]