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The decline in the popularity of Pokemon Go in South Korea is because of the simplicity and repetitiveness of the game.
Different Tastes
16 February 2017 - 12:00pm
According to market research firm WiseApp, 6.43 million South Korean Android phone users played Pokemon Go at least once between February 6 and 12, down 7% from the previous week. The daily average...
Enlarged view of ultrafine pattern for forgery prevention
Ultrafine Laser Pattern Processing
16 February 2017 - 11:00am
The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning announced on February 15 that senior researcher Roh Ji-hwan at the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials and his research team developed a...
U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to impose a 20% tax on Mexican imports as a border tax, but he also supports the border adjustment tax.
Concern on US Board Tax
16 February 2017 - 11:00am
When the U.S. Republican Party introduces a border adjustment tax, a price hike on products of Hyundai Motor and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors is expected to be 10 times higher than that of Ford....
The analysis is gaining ground that Japan was behind a Financial Times’ (FT) story that said, "Currency manipulation countries are South Korea and Taiwan."
Invisible Hands Behind
16 February 2017 - 11:00am
Lately the analysis is gaining ground that Japan was behind a Financial Times (FT) story which said, "Currency manipulation countries are South Korea and Taiwan." The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Newspaper...
The development of advanced technology will trigger a sea change in the insurance industry in the near future.
Dramatic Changes
15 February 2017 - 12:30pm
Researcher Kim Seok-young at the Korea Insurance Research Institute remarked on February 14 that artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to take the place of insurance planners within five years and...
South Korea’s won-based import price index reached 84.91 last month, up 2.1% from a month ago, mainly because of an increase in oil prices.
Due to Rising Oil Price
15 February 2017 - 12:30pm
According to the export and import price indices for January 2017 the Bank of Korea released on February 14, South Korea’s won-based import price index reached 84.91 last month, up 2.1% from a month...
Korean securities firms are withdrawing their registration as a hedge fund operator recently.
No More Attractive
15 February 2017 - 12:30pm
It has been found that Samsung Securities withdrew its application for registration as a hedge fund operator last month and HMC Investment Securities decided to put off its registration as a hedge...
The Korea Exchange (KRX) is planning to lower derivatives market entry barriers and diversify products in the market.
For Individual Investors
15 February 2017 - 12:15pm
The Derivatives Market Division of the Korea Exchange (KRX) announced its business plan for this year on February 14 at its press conference held in Seoul. According to the plan, the KRX is going to...
A rapid growth of the convenience stores in South Korea is directly related to an increase in the number of single-person households.
Life-style Change
15 February 2017 - 12:15pm
It has been found that GS25, the second-largest convenience store chain in South Korea in terms of the number of stores, reached 5.6027 trillion won (US$4.8 billion) in annual sales last year, up 20....
GM Korea has come under controversy over the product quality of its main models – the Spark and Cruze.
Product Quality Issue
15 February 2017 - 11:45am
GM Korea, which has set record-high domestic sales target for this year, came under controversy over the product quality of its main models – the Spark and Cruze – from the beginning of the year....
SK Telecom, the nation’s No. 1 mobile carrier, saw its market share fall below 50 percent in 2016.
Decrease due to Regulations
15 February 2017 - 11:45am
According to a report about the evaluation of the telecom market competition situation in 2016 released by the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) on Feb. 14, SK Telecom, the...
Officials at the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and the Korean government are remaining cautious about an acquisition of Toshiba’s stake in NuGen.
Merits Vs. Demerits
15 February 2017 - 11:30am
The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and senior officials from the South Korean government are remaining cautious about an acquisition of Toshiba’s stake in NuGen, but they are also...

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