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Unmarried Couples Living Together Recognized as Official Families

Unmarried Couples Living Together Recognized as Official Families

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s gender ministry said Monday that it will push forward with a plan to have unmarried couples living together recognized as official families. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family noted that the 4th Healthy Family Basic Plan (2021-2025) includes measures to enable the formation of families in [...]

Hanwha Solutions Boosts Output of Eco-friendly Plasticizer

Hanwha Solutions Boosts Output of Eco-friendly Plasticizer

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean energy solution firm Hanwha Solutions Corp. has expanded the production of eco-friendly plasticizer that is free of environmental hormones in response to growing market demand. The company said Monday that its Chemical division had increased the output of the eco-friendly plasticizer Eco-DEHCH by 50,000 tons and launched [...]

Study Shows Link Between Parents’ Mental Health Problems, Chronic Diseases and Suicide

Study Shows Link Between Parents’ Mental Health Problems, Chronic Diseases and Suicide

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Despite all-out efforts made by the South Korean government and professionals to prevent suicide, the country’s suicide rate continues to top the list of member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with no sign of a decline. Against this backdrop, a recent study showed that [...]

Card Issuers Appeal to Starbucks Fans with Exclusive Benefits

Card Issuers Appeal to Starbucks Fans with Exclusive Benefits

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Credit card companies are competing over Starbucks Coffee Korea Co., the local unit of the U.S. coffee giant, releasing new cards with exclusive benefits including free, limited editions of smartphone cases and higher discounts. Hyundai Card Co. recently released its new Starbucks Hyundai Card, which offers Starbucks reward points [...]

Renewable Energy Generation Remains Insignificant Despite Gov’t Push

Renewable Energy Generation Remains Insignificant Despite Gov’t Push

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — While renewable energy generation facilities are expanding rapidly on the back of the government’s policy to expand the distribution of new and renewable energy, the share of renewable energy among total power generation still remains negligible. The overall capacity of the nation’s renewable energy facilities expanded by 4,485 megawatts [...]

University of Cambridge Opens Graduate Programs in Korean Studies

University of Cambridge Opens Graduate Programs in Korean Studies

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — In response to growing interest about South Korea in Britain, the University of Cambridge has opened master’s and doctorate degree programs in Korean studies. The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University recently opened master’s and doctorate programs in Korean studies. The university is scheduled to [...]

Offline Malls Offer Exclusive Services to Compete with Online Vendors

Offline Malls Offer Exclusive Services to Compete with Online Vendors

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Brick-and-mortar malls are introducing various new services including electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, currency exchange, and even used phone purchases to survive the fierce competition they are engaged in with online shopping portals. Major discount store chain operators including Lotte Mart, E-Mart, and Homeplus all currently operate EV charging [...]