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Wed, December 6, 2023 | 00:49
First Zika patient
Korea has confirmed the country's first Zika virus infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) said a man, 43, tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus Tuesday.
Soaring lonely deaths
The number of people dying after living alone without any interaction with their neighbors is increasing rapidly. A report released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare last week showed that there were 1,245 cases of people dying alone last year. The figure was nearly double that of five years ago - 682 cases in 2011. People in their 60s or older accounted for 44.1 percent of the total, but 483 of them or 38.8 percent were men in their 40s or 50s.
Duty free brouhaha
Disputes are heating up over the government's latest move to overhaul the nation’s duty free system. People’s confidence in government policies has crashed as it is considering changing the system even before newly licensed duty free operators open for business.
NK leader's blackmail
North Korea is ramping up its nuclear threats continuously. More recently, the reclusive regime in Pyongyang claims to have secured the warhead re-entry technology needed to bring a nuclear-armed ballistic missile back into the Earth's atmosphere.
Boosting Incheon airport
The government has unveiled a plan to make Incheon International Airport one of the world’s five largest airports by increasing the number of visiting passengers to 66 million a year, including 10 million in transit, by 2020.
Another abuse case
The body of a seven-year-old boy, who went missing last month, was found buried on a mountain in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on Saturday. The body was buried 50 centimeters down in a shallow grave near where the remains of the boy’s grandfather lie.
Why smaller firms must be nurtured
Whenever people emphasize the importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Korean economy, the most commonly used phrase is "9988." This phrase means that SMEs account for 99 percent of all Korean companies and their percentage of the nation’s employment reaches 88 percent.
AlphaGo shock
How far can the alarming progress of artificial intelligence go? The first and second go matches on Wednesday and Thursday between grandmaster Lee Se-dol and AlphaGo showed that prediction is all but impossible. The moment the first of the five-game tournament in Seoul ended up with Lee’s shocking defeat, people around the world must have felt that AI is evolving far more rapidly than many expected.
Young people getting poorer
The household income of the nation's younger generation decreased for the first time last year. According to a report on income trends released by Statistics Korea, the average monthly income of households with more than two members whose breadwinner is 39 years or younger amounted to 4.32 million won last year, down 0.6 percent from a year earlier.
Discord in new party
With just weeks remaining before the April 13 general election, a rift within the minor opposition People's Party continues to deepen.