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Creative industries, cultural enrichment to bring econo...
Jan 19, 2016
Six government bodies will join forces to reinvigorate the economy, focusing on the “creative industries” and on “cultural enrichment.” The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Health & Welfare and...

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National health insurance to cover traditional medicine
Jan 18, 2016
The Korean healthcare system will expand its insurance coverage to include more traditional Korean medicine treatments. Previously, patients were only able to get insurance coverage for acupuncture, ddeum, a method of treatment where moxa, a type of plant, is burned on th...

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Gov’ t gears up to bolster economy in 2016
Jan 15, 2016
The government has now set out its plans to strengthen exports and to stabilize domestic consumption. It will also work on stabilizing the housing market and on solving the high rate of household debt. The seven government ministries that oversee various sectors of the eco...

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Condolences and consolation to Indonesia
Jan 15, 2016
On Jan. 14, the Korean government condemns the bombing in Jakarta and expresses its deep condolences and consolation to the victims and to their bereaved families. The Korean government issued a strong statement on Jan. 14 condemning the recent bombing in Jakarta. The F...

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Presidential Archives open in Sejong City
Jan 15, 2016
Korea's new Presidential Archives open in Sejong City on Jan. 14. A new archive for presidential records and documents opened in Sejong City on Jan. 14. All the records previously preserved at the National Archives of Korea in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do Province, have...

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S. Korean, Russian foreign ministers to hold phone talk...
Jan 14, 2016
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged Wednesday to cooperate on the U.N.'s move to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear test, Seoul's foreign ministry said. Lavrov delivered the message in a telephone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se. ...

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Citizens will enjoy the fruits of innovation efforts: p...
Jan 13, 2016
“I will make 2016 the year when the nation will enjoy the fruits of our innovation efforts, as we will all come forward and join in our efforts to bring about innovation.” President Park Geun-hye spoke those words as she wrapped up her national address at Cheong Wa Dae on ...

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S. Korea, China's six-party chiefs agree to cooperate o...
Jan 09, 2016
South Korea and China's chief negotiators for the six-party talks on denuclearizing North Korea agreed Friday to closely collaborate in punishing North Korea for its recent nuclear test, the Foreign Ministry said. In their telephone conversation earlier in the day, Hwang Joon...

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S. Korea, Japan defense chiefs vow joint action against...
Jan 09, 2016
Defense Minister Han Min-koo and his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani jointly denounced North Korea's recent nuclear test Friday, also vowing close bilateral collaboration on the issue, the Defense Ministry said. Han and Nakatani held a telephone conference earlier in the even...

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S. Korea resumes anti-N. Korea loudspeaker broadcasts
Jan 08, 2016
South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts Friday along its border with North Korea, two days after Pyongyang tested a nuclear bomb. Military tensions are expected to escalate on the peninsula as the North is extremely sensitive to any outside criticism of its leadership an...