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Pet Stories from South Korea’s Presidential Hopefuls

Pet Stories from South Korea’s Presidential Hopefuls

SEOUL, March 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Animal welfare has been a centerpiece of debate for South Korean politicians recently with the rising popularity of pets in the country. Data shows 21.8 percent of local households were living with animal companions in 2016 with the pet industry expected to triple by 2020 to a 6-trillion-won ($5.34 [...]

Possible Military Conflict Looms Large Over Korean Peninsula

Possible Military Conflict Looms Large Over Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – As North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction continues to threaten security in East Asia and jeopardize its already compromising position in the world, speculation is growing over the possibility of global military conflict on the Korean Peninsula involving China and the U.S. The shocking prospect of another [...]

Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Crime in South Korea is on the rise, while the number of volunteers is continuously falling, according to a new report by Statistics Korea published yesterday. The surprising findings revealed that only 10.4 percent of individuals younger than fifteen participated in any type of volunteer work over the past [...]

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A growing trend among South Korean consumers of buying semi-luxury goods is sweeping the consumer market amid the country’s prolonged economic downturn. Despite the sluggish economy, Koreans – especially those in their 20s and 30s – are willing to spend 50,000 won ($45) for an afternoon tea at a five-star [...]

Jelly New Favorite Dessert of Koreans Over 40

Jelly New Favorite Dessert of Koreans Over 40

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales of jelly dessert products are booming, particularly among Koreans over 40, a new market research report published yesterday found. The market for jelly desserts grew by 54 percent on year last year, amounting to 153.3 billion won, according to AC Nielson Korea. This year, the market is expected to [...]

‘Radio and Book Café’ Coming to Haeundae Beach Next Month

‘Radio and Book Café’ Coming to Haeundae Beach Next Month

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – You’ll soon be able to enjoy great music and literature with a nice view of Haeundae Beach as a new café laden with books and featuring local radio DJs is coming to one of South Korea’s most popular holiday destinations in early April, the Haeundae District Office announced yesterday. Busan’s [...]

Korean High School Student Corrects ‘Sea of Japan’ Nomenclature to ‘East Sea’ on British Website

Korean High School Student Corrects ‘Sea of Japan’ Nomenclature to ‘East Sea’ on British Website

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Choi Hyun-jung, a 17-year-old South Korean high school student, corrected Sea of Japan nomenclature in an article by London-based news site The Stack (www.thestack.com) to East Sea – a decades-long naming dispute between the neighboring countries.  Choi is one of the “youth public ambassadors,” a joint initiative by the [...]

Air Pollution Aggravates Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Air Pollution Aggravates Parkinson’s Disease: Study

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Exposure to air pollution increases risk of aggravating Parkinson’s disease and may cause neurological disease progression, a study showed Friday.  According to the study by Kim Ho at Seoul National University, patients with the neurodegenerative disease are more likely to visit emergency rooms during days with high levels of [...]

Gallucci: Military Action Against N. Korea Would Lead to Second Korean War

Gallucci: Military Action Against N. Korea Would Lead to Second Korean War

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A former chief U.S. nuclear negotiator with North Korea said Thursday that attacking North Korea, regardless of whether it’s preemptive or preventive strikes, is sure to prompt retaliation that could lead to a second Korean War.  Robert Gallucci, who negotiated a 1994 nuclear-freeze deal with Pyongyang that unraveled due [...]

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Nearly one million stray cats roaming around the streets of South Korea face hardships, torture, and sometimes the risk of death due to the negative stereotypes that follow them like a shadow. The character of cats has been vastly misrepresented for some time in Korea, and the stereotypes and dislike [...]