* Date : 2019-08-23
Japan has removed Korea from its whitelist of 27 countries given preferential treatment in trade procedures. And the government has vowed to take all possible measures to help and support local industries likely to be hit by Japan's trade curbs. The Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced measures to help South Korea’s small and mid sized firms develop their own parts and materials in a bid to overcome rising global trade tensions. With many concerns and speculations being seen, Money Monster sat down with Minister Park Young-sun to hear about the current economic situation and the measures that the Ministry of SMEs and Startups is taking to tackle the problems. In order to efficiently implement the measures and to boost the competitiveness of local industries, the Ministry plans to continue operating the report centers throughout the nation. The Ministry of SMEs and Startups is also playing a matching role so that small and mid size firms can develop the specific parts and goods that big conglomerates meed. The government is also utilizing all necessary measures including financial support to raise the competitiveness of the local industries by providing investment funds for R&D and operating low-interest policy funds. Japan’s export curbs show an accumulation of technological capabilities can determine a nation’s competitiveness. Minister Park Young-sun says her goal is to help local small and mid-sized firms achieve technological independence.
A “Plastic-free” movement has been gaining popularity in recent years. However, it is difficult to solve this problem simply by limiting its usage. In Korea, research is being conducted to make eco-friendly plastic from production stage. Among various plastic materials, a technology that can recycle carbon fiver reinforced plastic has emerged. The existing method of recycling plastic caused environmental pollution by incineration at high temperatures, but now, it can be recycled in an eco-friendly way because it is recycled with water. Moreover, there is a growing movement to make eco-friendly plastics all the way from the production stage, in which an example would be biomass plastics. Plastic is made from biomass that comes from coconut shells. First of all, biomass plastics are biodegradable after they are disposed. Recently, Korean researchers have developed a super bio plastic that is heat resistant. The advantage of super bioplastics is that plastics are made from natural materials, such as, corn. They have a harder molecular structure than conventional plastics. For this reason, such plastics can reduce the occurrence of environmental hormones, especially because they do not melt in heat. We look into plastics that are evolving into eco-friendly materials in order to reduce environmental problems caused by plastics.
Korea’s high-quality medical services have increased the inflow rate of foreign tourists through ICT, big data, and convergence of personalized cutting edge precise medical care. This is especially true in “Seoul National University Hospital Gangnam Center!” Differentiated screening services for faculty members to directly conduct and consult major examinations and their own precision medical equipment allow for early diagnosis of the disease, as well as endoscopy and all test. It also exports Korea’s excellent medical systems and services to many parts of the world, showing examples of successful entry into overseas screening centers. Foreign patients increase year by year due to this successful overseas expansion. The hospital offers a wide range of services, including 1:1 escorts, fast track, and concierge services, as well as specialized programs for foreign clients provided by international medical professionals and coordinators. Moreover, research-oriented healthcare centers with excellent ICT infrastructure and extensive clinical data are attracting attention. We explore Seoul National University Hospital Gangnam Center, which provides premium medical services, all consisting of advanced medical equipment and specialized medical staff.