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S. Korea’s Rice Consumption Down Average 2.3 pct Annually over 3 Decades

S. Korea’s Rice Consumption Down Average 2.3 pct Annually over 3 Decades

SEJONG, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s per capita annual rice consumption fell an average 2.3 percent annually over the past three decades, data showed Thursday. Per capita average annual rice consumption hit a record low of 61 kilograms in 2018, compared with a record high of 136.4 kilograms in 1970, according to the [...]

Daily Money Transfers via Mobile Payment Apps Exceed 200 bln Won in H1

Daily Money Transfers via Mobile Payment Apps Exceed 200 bln Won in H1

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The value of daily money transfers via mobile payment apps in South Korea surpassed 200 billion won (US$168.6 million) in the first half of the year, central bank data showed Thursday, as more people used smartphones for financial services. The value of daily money transfers via smartphone apps, such [...]

3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A significant number of foreigners visited South Korea last year to undergo plastic surgery. The Korea Health Industry Development Institute reported that 464,452 foreigners came to South Korea in 2018 to receive medical treatment, up by 16.7 percent since the previous year. Most of the foreigners received treatment from [...]

Cyber Defamation, Insults Developing into Serious Social Problem

Cyber Defamation, Insults Developing into Serious Social Problem

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — While malicious comments on the Internet have emerged as a social problem following the death of singer-actress Sulli, it seems that the number of cases of cyber defamation and humiliation is on the rise. According to the National Police Agency Wednesday, the number of cyber defamation and insult cases [...]

460 S. Korean Pilots Joined Foreign Airlines in Past 5 1/2 yrs

460 S. Korean Pilots Joined Foreign Airlines in Past 5 1/2 yrs

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds of South Korean airline pilots have joined Chinese airlines in the past five years, a ruling party lawmaker said Wednesday, amid a recent boom in the aviation industry. An Ho-young of the ruling Democratic Party said 460 pilots from eight local carriers joined foreign airlines, which usually offer [...]

No. of Ranking Female Public Servants at Central Gov’t Tops 100 Last Year

No. of Ranking Female Public Servants at Central Gov’t Tops 100 Last Year

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of high-ranking female public servants in central government agencies surpassed 100 for the first time last year, government data showed Wednesday. The number of women in senior government roles reached 102 last year, accounting for 6.7 percent of the total ranking central government officials, according to the [...]