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Over 90 pct of NK Defectors ‘Proud’ to be S. Koreans: Poll

Over 90 pct of NK Defectors ‘Proud’ to be S. Koreans: Poll

SEOUL, Apr. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Nine out of 10 North Korean defectors said they were proud to be South Koreans, a survey showed Saturday. According to the poll by the Korea Hana Foundation, a South Korean unification ministry affiliate, 92.3 percent of 2,663 North Korean defectors said they were proud to be South Korean [...]

China’s THAAD Retaliation Strongly Hits ‘Hallyu’

China’s THAAD Retaliation Strongly Hits ‘Hallyu’

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean pop culture businesses have been seriously hurt by China’s retaliation against South Korea’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system, with more than 30 such cases reported over the past month alone, the culture ministry said Sunday. “A total of 31 damage cases were reported between March 16, [...]

S. Korea’s Duty-free Sales Fall 19 pct in March amid THAAD Row

S. Korea’s Duty-free Sales Fall 19 pct in March amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean duty-free shops’ sales fell 19 percent in March from a month earlier due to China’s retaliation against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system here, government data showed Sunday. Overall sales in domestic duty-free stores declined to 1.06 trillion won (US$930 million) in March from the previous [...]

S. Korea’s Tax Burden Remains One of the Lowest in OECD: Data

S. Korea’s Tax Burden Remains One of the Lowest in OECD: Data

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s tax burden, which has steadily risen over the years, still remains among the lowest among the group of developed market economies with high income, data showed Sunday. Data by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that the tax burden ratio of Asia’s fourth-largest [...]

S. Korea Collected Nearly 320 tln won in Taxes in 2016: Gov’t

S. Korea Collected Nearly 320 tln won in Taxes in 2016: Gov’t

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea collected a record amount of local and central government taxes last year, official data showed Sunday, with the numbers likely to go up in the coming years. According to data by the finance and interior ministries and the central bank, Seoul brought in 318.1 trillion won (US$278.5 [...]

Smartphone Addiction among Young Women Reaches ‘Serious’ Levels

Smartphone Addiction among Young Women Reaches ‘Serious’ Levels

SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Addiction to smartphones has reached “serious” levels for young South Korean women, with singles being more susceptible to problems, state data showed Sunday.  According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare that checked 5,102 adults over 18 from July through December of 2016, 24.5 percent of women between 18 [...]

1 in 4 S. Koreans Suffer from Mental Illness: Survey

1 in 4 S. Koreans Suffer from Mental Illness: Survey

SEOUL, Apr. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — One out of every four South Korean adults have experienced an addiction or other form of mental health issue at least one time in their lives, a government survey showed Wednesday. The survey showed that 25.4 percent of South Koreans are likely to cope with a mental disorder at [...]

S. Korean Mobile Gamers’ Daily Play Time Estimated at 46 min: Data

S. Korean Mobile Gamers’ Daily Play Time Estimated at 46 min: Data

SEOUL, Apr. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean mobile gamers on average play games for 46 minutes per day, data showed Tuesday, spending more time on such applications than instant messengers or video-sharing programs. According to the data compiled by industry tracker Wiseapp, South Koreans played mobile games 10.2 times a day last month, which [...]