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65 pct of S. Koreans Think N.K. Human Rights Situation Could Improve: Poll

65 pct of S. Koreans Think N.K. Human Rights Situation Could Improve: Poll

SEOUL, Mar. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of South Koreans consider positively the possibility of improvement in North Korea’s human rights situation, a recent survey showed Thursday. The survey conducted on 1,000 adults late last year showed that 65 percent of the respondents were positive about a possible improvement, according to the Database Center [...]

270,000 Insurance Subscriptions for High Blood Pressure in Past 10 Months

270,000 Insurance Subscriptions for High Blood Pressure in Past 10 Months

SEOUL, Mar. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) announced on Wednesday that there have been 270,000 medical insurance subscriptions over the past 10 months for a new insurance policy that was launched last year. The insurance policy, which was released in April of last year, is a product with a lowered threshold [...]

Pregnant Women Exposed to Air Pollution More Likely to Give Birth Prematurely

Pregnant Women Exposed to Air Pollution More Likely to Give Birth Prematurely

SEOUL, Mar. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that pregnant women living in areas suffering from severe fine dust are 1.57 times more exposed to the dangers of giving birth to a premature infant. Premature infants are babies born before 37 completed weeks of gestation. A researchers said that they have found [...]

Number of Marriages Falls to Lowest Level in More than Four Decades

Number of Marriages Falls to Lowest Level in More than Four Decades

SEJONG, Mar. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of South Koreans getting married fell to the lowest level in more than 40 years in 2018, government data showed Wednesday, as young people delay marriage amid a prolonged economic slowdown. The number of couples tying the knot came to 257,622 in 2018, compared with 264,455 in [...]

6 Out of 10 Customers Express Willingness to Use Public Payment Service

6 Out of 10 Customers Express Willingness to Use Public Payment Service

SEOUL, Mar. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 70 percent of customers have a positive view of the Seoul city government’s smartphone-based payment system, but a fewer number actually plan to use the service, a survey showed Tuesday. According to the survey by the Korea Foodservice Industry Research Institute involving 600 residents in Seoul, 67 percent [...]

Diesel Cars Account for More than Half of Total Distance Travelled by Cars in S. Korea

Diesel Cars Account for More than Half of Total Distance Travelled by Cars in S. Korea

SEOUL, Mar. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Diesel cars, known to be one of the major causes of air pollution, comprised nearly half of all automobiles driven in South Korea last year. The Korea Transportation Safety Authority announced last Friday that cars in South Korea covered a total distance of 327.1 billion kilometers last year, an [...]

170 Foreigners Acquired Permanent Residence Through Investment from 2010 to 2017

170 Foreigners Acquired Permanent Residence Through Investment from 2010 to 2017

SEOUL, Mar. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Chinese account for 93 percent of all foreigners who acquired permanent residence in South Korea through investment, according to the IOM Migration Research and Training Center. The center revealed that in the 2010 to 2017 period, there were 1,901 cases of foreigners acquiring an Korean residence visas through investment. [...]

11 pct Rise in Employees with Fewer than 15 Hours of Work per Week

11 pct Rise in Employees with Fewer than 15 Hours of Work per Week

SEOUL, Mar. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Employees with fewer than 15 hours of work hours per week increased in number last year, while they shrank in size in the wholesale/retail and food/lodging industries. The results overturn prior expectations that the higher minimum wage has forced employers in the wholesale/retail and food/lodging industries to hire workers [...]

Direct Purchase of Electronics, IT Products Hit Record High in 2018

Direct Purchase of Electronics, IT Products Hit Record High in 2018

SEOUL, Mar. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean consumers’ direct purchases of electronics and IT products through overseas online shopping malls came to a record-high level in 2018, data showed Sunday. According to the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation, South Korean consumers purchased 442.1 billion won (US$389 million) worth of home [...]