Sales at duty-free shops in Jeju Island reached an all time high with Chinese tourists’ return

中관괒객 돌아온 제주, 2분기 면세점판매 58ï¼……최고기록 Sales at duty-free shops on Korea’s resort island of Jeju reached an all-time high in the second quarter, thanks mainly to the return of Chinese tourists. According to Statistics Korea, the figures from April to June were up 58 percent on-year. The number of foreign visitors to Jeju International Airport also jumped 140 percent compared to the same period last year. The contributing factor is the rebound in Chinese tourists, after numbers dipped when Beijing took retaliatory measures against Seoul over a defense upgrade. Arirang News Facebook: ———————————————————— [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV:

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First day of August brings hottest weather on record

서울 39도…111ë…„ 기상관측 사상 최악 폭얼 It’s the hottest day in Seoul since records began more than a hundred years ago. As of about an hour ago it was 39 degrees in the capital. And in the east of the country it’s topped 40 degrees… for a new national all-time high. Hard to believe, but as our Hong Yoo reports, it looks like the heatwave will get worse in the next few days. Today, Seoul recorded the highest temperature the city’s seen in its modern history — 39 degrees Celsius. People are hiding in the shade and fanning themselves, but there’s almost no escape. This extreme weather is expected to continue until Friday. Even at night it’ll just barely get below 30 degrees, which is what scientists call a “tropical night.” Right now, almost the entire countr

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China, Russia block U.S. request on cutting off oil to N. Korea

줒•러 ‘대북 정제유 공급줒단’ 美요구얐 ‘검토시간, 증거 달라’ The U.S. last week made a request to the UN Security Council,… to halt all shipments of oil to North Korea, saying the regime has been violating sanctions. China and Russia, however, are saying that they won’t let that happen…. unless there’s enough evidence that sanctions had been breached. Our Park Hee-jun has the details. China and Russia have turned down the United States’ request to halt all shipments of refined oil products to North Korea. The U.S., who made clear that it will maintain maximum pressure on Pyongyang until it completely denuclearizes,… made the request to the UN Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee last week,… based on accusations that the North had breach

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Role of N. Korean defector-turned-entrepreneurs in S. Korea

탈북민 창얅가, 남북경제교류의 주춧돌 As of last month, the number of North Koreans who defected to the South surpassed 30-thousand. More than six-hundred of them started their own businesses here. As Seoul and Pyongyang grow closer than ever before, they have the potential to play key roles in improving cross-border economic relations. Ko Roon-hee gets us better acquainted with these entrepreneurs. For Jeon Geum-ju, a North Korean defector-turned-entrepreneur, being busy at 6 AM is nothing new. Jeon, who came to South Korea in 2010, owns a flower online shopping mall, and she often stops by this flower market in the morning to get the best possible merchandise for her customers. “Today, I bought these flowers. In the winter, they usually cost about 15-U.S. d

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Sports brand products made by North Korean laborers in China have been exported to U.S.: Report

化 근로자가 만딠 ‘나이키’ 美얐 수출 An explosive new report has found that global sports brand products made by North Korean workers in China have been exported to the United States for over four years. This comes amid toughening international pressure and sanctions applied on Pyongyang that includes restricting the use of overseas North Korean laborers. Park Soyun reports. North Korean workers have been making the latest products for Nike, Adidas and Reebok under harsh working conditions in China, and we now have confirmation that these products have been exported to the United States. South Korean broadcaster YTN reports that China had been making clothing for the international sports brands in factories in Jilin province between May 2012 and September 2016.

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No more plastic bags in Korean supermarkets from October

마트얐서 일회용 비닐봉지 금지…카페얐서 텀블러 사용시 할인 재도입 South Korea has a new problem to deal with: namely the disposal of plastic waste. The government is looking to sharply reduce the use of plastic in the nation. They hope to prevent the buildup of waste we saw at apartment complexes earlier this year when garbage trucks stopped picking up it up was no longer cost-effective. Hong Yoo reports. People reach for plastic bags for their groceries despite signs urging them to help the environment by using fewer bags. But from October, plastic bags will no longer be used in South Korean supermarkets. This is part of the government’s measures, announced last Thursday, to manage recyclable waste. “Reducing the use of disposable products and i

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Korea simplifies online shopping, pledges help for smaller firms 온라인쇼핑시 액티브X 없

Good news for online shoppers who spend money on Korean websites. ActiveX - the mandatory authentication program - will be scrapped by the end of this month,… simplifying online transactions. And to help Korean small and mid-sized companies sell their products to foreign customers online… the government is set to come up with strategies that target specific overseas markets. Kim Min-ji reports. Online shopping in Korea is about to get easier. Starting this week,… major card companies will discontinue the ActiveX plug-in, which only works on Internet Explorer. Until now, it′s been a must-have for shoppers making a purchase of over three-hundred thousand won,… or roughly 270 U.S. dollars. ActiveX was initially implemented to enhance internet security,…

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China has proposed holding three-way summit with S. Korea and Japan in December: Kyodo

줒국 정부, 12ì›” 한줒일 정상회의 개최 제안: 교도통신 China has reportedly suggested holding a three-way summit with South Korea and Japan in December. Tokyo-based Kyodo News Agency reports….. China proposed the trilateral meeting,… adding that North Korea will likely be the focus. The report said,…. China’s proposal is aimed at keeping the U.S. in check in terms of taking the lead in North Korea issues. It added that,…. it’s unusual to hold a three-way summit twice a year,…. given the neighbors had previously agreed to hold such a meeting once a year. The leaders of three sides met in Tokyo just last month. Arirang News Facebook: ———————————————————— [Subscribe Arirang Official

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8 out of 10 Chinese consumers see THAAD row had negative impact on Korean goods: KITA

줒국 소비자 10명줒 8명 “사딜갈딱, 한국제품 이미지얐 부정적” With Seoul and Beijing agreeing to put the dispute stemming from THAAD deployment behind a few weeks ago, it seemed like the worst has passsed. Partial lifting of Ban on group tours to South Korea further raised hopes of rapid return to normalcy. But a recent survey suggests the row had quite a deep impact… and it could take longer than anticipated to win back Chinese consumers. Oh Jung-hee breaks down the discouraging digits for us. The row between Korea and China over Seoul’s THAAD deployment… seems to have negatively affected the image of Korean products in China. According to a survey by the Korea International Trade Association,… over 83-percent of the respondents who knew about THAAD

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Korea’s biggest shopping festival underway

국내 최대 쇼핒 관괒 축제 ‘코리아세일페스타’ 개막 If you haven’t heard,… the biggest shopping event of the year has landed in Korea to great fanfare. And this time,… shoppers can scour through the best deals at some 350 retailers and traditional markets,… including the industry’s big names. Park Hee-jun with more. The ‘2017 Korea Sale Festa,’ the first global shopping tourism festival in Korea, began on Thursday. The local version of ‘Black Friday’, it offers clearance sales and promotions for products ranging from clothes and cosmetics to IT devices and cars. Major department stores, supermarkets, and traditional markets have all joined to provide special opportunities for customers — from home and abroad. (English) “A lot of shops here offer fre

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