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Mask Sales Go Smoothly on 1st Day of Abolishing Designated Day-only Purchase Rule

Mask Sales Go Smoothly on 1st Day of Abolishing Designated Day-only Purchase Rule

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) — No signs of major disruptions such as long queues of customers were spotted at drugstores nationwide Monday, the first day South Korea lifted the designated day-only purchase rule in its protective mask rationing aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, South Koreans are entitled to buy three government-distributed [...]

N. Korea Encourages Non-face-to-face Services amid Coronavirus Fears

N. Korea Encourages Non-face-to-face Services amid Coronavirus Fears

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea is encouraging non-face-to-face services at restaurants and grocery stores, such as picking up to-go orders, as part of precautions against the new coronavirus, according to Pyongyang’s state media on Monday. Korean Central Broadcasting Station, the North’s radio broadcaster, said the country is trying to improve customer services [...]

N. Korea’s Eye-catching Recycling Incentive: Exchange Empty Bottles for New Shoes

N. Korea’s Eye-catching Recycling Incentive: Exchange Empty Bottles for New Shoes

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) — As a way to break through its cycle of economic hardship, North Korea is rolling out a variety of recycling policies. Among them, the most eye-catching policy is the promotion of the exchange of recyclable waste materials like empty bottles for daily necessities. The Choson Sinbo, the official mouthpiece [...]

Newly-launched National Assembly Has Highest Number of Female Lawmakers

Newly-launched National Assembly Has Highest Number of Female Lawmakers

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s National Assembly has begun its four-year term with the highest number of female lawmakers, including the country’s first-ever female vice speaker of the unicameral legislature. Among the 300 representatives, who started their four-year term Saturday, 57 members, or 19 percent, are women, marking the largest number in [...]