The Korean daily media headlines and humor
Friday, May 1, 2015
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Humor from a generous former Asian ambassador
Three Pastors from the south were having lunch in a diner.
One said, "Ya know, since summer started I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church.
I've tried everything-noise, spray, cats-nothing seems to scare them away.
Another said, "Yea, me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've even had the place fumigated, and they won't go away."
The third said, "I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church... Haven't seen one back since!"
The absolute truth
It's not true that married men live longer than single men.
It only seems longer.
After a full day of picking on each other for the smallest things, the woman suggested to her husband that they call a truce; no more criticism for 48 hours.
“It’s Saturday at three o’clock,” the wife told him, “so no more complaints until the same time on Monday.”
“Okay,” he said. “I’ll talk to you then.”
S. Korean Gov't Expresses Strong Regret over Abe's Speech
South Korea has expressed strong regret over the absence of a sincere apology by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his country's wartime atrocities...
Rival Camps Denounce Abe's Speech
Abe Omits Sex Slavery Apology from Capitol Speech
U.S. Congressman Honda Criticizes Japanese PM
Seoul Working to Resolve History Conflict with Japan This Year
Kremlin: Kim Jong-un will not Attend WWII Victory Celebration in Russia
Korean Air Jet Carrying 101 Koreans on Way from Nepal
BOK Will Take Action against Weak Yen
Industrial Output, Retail Sales Down in March
VOA: 47,000 N. Koreans Working in Russia
Inter-Korea Trade Reaches New High in 2014
Little Progress Made on Gaeseong Wage Dispute
International Media Note Abe’s Lack of Apology in Congress Speech
Abe Offers No Clear Apology to People of Asia
3 Killed in Gas Leak at SK Hynix Plant
Prosecutors Secure Testimony on S. Gyeongsang Governor
Foreign Nationals in S. Korea Surpass 1.8 Million
Seoul to Host Diverse Cultural Events in May
S. Korean Pianists to Compete in Chopin
Korean Fried Chicken Brand to be Sold at
S. Korea, Chile to Boost Cooperation in Space Sciences
New Study Finds Phytoncide Levels Reach Highest in Morning
Gov't to Hold Contest to Discover Business Ideas
FIFA Women's World Cup Roster Unveiled
Lydia Ko Wins Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic for 2nd Straight Time
Ji So-yun Named PFA Women's Player of the Year
S. Korea's exports drop 8.1 pct on-year in April
South Korea's exports shrank for the fourth consecutive month in April while imports tumbled nearly 18 percent from a year earlier, the government said Friday.
Speak to Abe on sex slavery with 'one voice': Royce
A senior U.S. congressman Thursday called on the global community to join forces to pressure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country's wartime sex slavery.
N.K. diplomats briefly disrupts U.N. human rights event
North Korean diplomats on Thursday briefly disrupted a U.N. event on Pyongyang's human rights violations, accusing defectors from the communist nation of betraying their homeland as they gave testimony.
House committee set aside funds for East Coast missile defense in next year's defense budget
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Thursday passed the defense budget for next year that includes funds for a project to build a missile defense site on the east coast to defend against threats from Iran and North Korea.
N.K. leader not to visit Russia: Kremlin
Seoul mulls higher-level talks on Kaesong wage row
Kim Jong-un's Moscow tour to help ease inter-Korean tensio..
North Korea Newsletter 360 (April 30, 2015)
S. Korea's consumer prices edge up 0.4 pct on-year ..
S. Korea's exports drop 8.1 pct on-year in April
Global LCD panel shipments hit record high in March
S. Korean football chief falls shy of FIFA Executive Commi..
Slugger Park Byung-ho being watched by MLB scouts
Football coaches concerned about jam-packed schedules
Pirates' Kang enjoys first 3-hit game in majors, Rangers' ..
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
NK leader won't attend Russia's V-day ceremony
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not attend Russia’s ceremonies on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, according to the Kremlin...
'Galaxy S6 sound quality is best'
Samsung Electronics has dramatically upgraded the sound quality of its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 E...
Abe refuses to apologize for wartime sex slavery
WASHINGTON - It was about noon on a sunny Tuesday afternoon and a spring breeze was cooling a grou...
Cho gets PyeongChang rolling
Five delegates of the 2018 PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) flew to ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address to the U.S. Congress, Wednesday, has triggered anger and contempt among Korean netizens.
Saenuri chairman's stock skyrocketing
The ruling Saenuri Party’s resounding by-election win has paved the way for its chairman, Kim Moo-... By-election winners draw attention for unusual careers
RIP Internet Explorer
Microsoft, under the new leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, has been reinventing itself over the pas...
Facebook Lite for Europe
Big American companies have been at loggerheads with the European Commission for years but a showd...
3 die in gas leak at SK hynix plant
Three workers died after inhaling toxic gas at an SK hynix plant in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, Thu...
Kumho Tire to supply for Grand Prix Series
Kumho Tire said Thursday that it was selected as an official supplier for the upcoming Auto Grand ...
Seoul Semiconductor swings to profit
Seoul Semiconductor, a supplier of light-emitting diode (LED) products, swung into profit in the first quarter.
DongA Ilbo (http://english.donga.com)
Anti-police brutality protests escalate in U.S.
Tensions are rising in Baltimore, Maryland, the United States, on Wednesday, the third day of protest against police brutality. U.S. media outlets, including CNN, reported that marchers were taking to the streets to...
Korean American deported for praising N. Korea starts giving lectures in Japan
Korean American Shin Eun-mi (photo), 54, who were deported for praising North Korea during her lecture last year the so-called "Pro-North Concert," announced a lecture tour in major cities of Japan in June, causing...
Appointment through revolving door has become clandestine in governmental agencies
In January 2013 when President Park Geun-hye was still a president-elect, she asserted that “the revolving door will be completely closed in her administration as it would sap the morale of hard-working people.” After...
Renault Samsung appoints first research head with Korean nationality
Renault Samsung Motor Co., the local unit of French automaker Renault, said Thursday that it has appointed a Korean national as its first Korean chief of its research and development (R&D) division. Kwon Sang-soon, a...
Mandatory installation of closed circuit television in nursery school from September
The revised act on infant and child care that makes it mandatory to install a closed circuit television in nursery schools has passed the plenary session in the National Assembly on Thursday. In addition, not just...
Senior Korean tennis player Lee Hyung-taik meets rising tennis star Chung Hyeon
“Sorry for being late. There was a traffic jam on the way from Suwon.” (Chung Hyeon) “It’s okay. It’s better for me to be waiting for you. Congratulations for breaking into world tennis top 100.” (Lee Hyung-taik) ...
Controversies over N. Korean leader’s call for ‘highest-level’ talks
Ki Sung-yueng, Son Heung-min as promising Korean soccer players
New year’s wishes change over time
Samsung’s mobile phone beats Apple to top ACSI
Actor Lee Jung-jae reported to be in a relationship with Daesang heiress
N. Korean leader shows willingness to hold inter-Korean summit
U.S. military base in Yongsan bans civilian drones, model aircrafts
Japanese police on 14-year manhunt for cruel murderer
Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
Kim Jong-un Won't Attend Moscow Victory Party
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union's victory in World War II on May 9, the Kremlin said Thursday. "He has decided to stay in Pyongyang," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. >> Full Text
Luxury Hotels Struggle as Japanese Stay Away
Luxury hotels here are struggling as profits dwindle amid a marked decline in high-rolling Japanese customers. Lotte Hotel, the biggest hotel chain in Korea, saw operating profit fall by half last year to W24.3 billion. >> Full Text
Rain to Dampen Long Weekend
It will be a rainy long weekend for most people as downpours are forecast for much of the first week of May throughout the country. The Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday said it will be clear across the country on Friday, the first day of the long weekend, but then start to rain on Saturday afternoon in Jeju. >> Full Text
Samsung Emerges from Smartphone Sales Slump
Ruling Party Sweeps By-Elections Despite Scandal
Incheon Named Best Airport for 10th Straight Year Asiana to Implement Mobile Boarding Passes
Half of Workers Earn Less Than W2 Million Per Month
LG Unveils G4 Smartphone
SK's New Hiring Policy Produces Interesting Results
Hankyoreh Shinmoon (http://english.hani.co.kr)
Abe’s remarks in Washington again evade responsibility for past aggressions
US focus during Abe’s visit has been on shoring up alliance with Japan, an ally and counterweight to rising China
“Post war, we started out on our path bearing in mind feelings of deep remorse over the war. Our actions brought suffering to the peoples in Asian countries. We must not avert our eyes from that. I will uphold the views expressed by the previous prime ministers in this regard.”This was the sum total of Shinzo Abe’s remarks about his country’s historical aggressions during a joint address to the US Senate and House of Representatives on Apr. 29, the first ever by a Japanese Prime Minister. No clear message of reflection was given on past episodes of aggression or colonial rule by Japan. The term “comfort women” was never mentioned, let alone any apology to survivors of wartime sexual slavery.
[News analysis] Impotent political opposition reeling from latest election defeat
“During the election campaign, I had some rather heated arguments. I’d like to apologize to anyone whose feelings may have gotten hurt,” said Kim Moo-sung, leader of the ruling Saenuri Party (NFP), at a meeting of supreme council members and veteran lawmakers on Apr. 29, the morning of the by-elections. Kim looked relaxed, as if he were already assured of victory. .
US and Japan pushing for defense minister meeting with South Korea
The US and Japan, which recently strengthened their alliance into a “global” framework, are now planning to request a trilateral defense ministers‘ meeting with South Korea at May’s Asian Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue) in Singapore. With this, Seoul is now finding itself rapidly drawn into the US-Japan alliance’s strategic decision to present a military counterweight against a rising China and preserve the current order. .
NIS: Kim Jong-un executed 15 officials in a ‘reign of terror’
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has already executed 15 senior officials this year as part of his ‘reign of terror’, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported on Apr. 29. South Korea’s intelligence agency also thinks it is likely that Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un‘s younger sister and vice director of the Workers Party, will give birth next month. .
Changes to US-Japan defense guidelines called “historic transition”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the US is ushering in major changes to the backbone of Washington’s Asia policy. The administration of President Barack Obama is now openly signaling its plans to beef up its containment of China with a stronger military alliance and economic cooperation with Tokyo. .
Human rights activists assist others, but their own lives need attention
“When we, young activists, get together we often have this kind of conversation. How much longer are we going to be able to do this? We can’t even date with the money we make, so how are we going to get married and have kids?” -an activist who has been working with a local human rights organization for nine years .
Man arrested for barking like a dog at prosecutors
The leaflets critical of President Park Geun-hye that have been scattered around Seoul and other cities have been found around the Blue House. At 10 am on Apr. 28, 11 members of Youth Left were arrested after holding a demonstration near the Prime Minister’s residence in Seoul’s Samcheong neighborhood where they chanted slogans calling on the Park administration to step down. .
JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)
NPAD crushed in all 4 by-elections
Payoff scandal didn’t hurt because liberal field was overcrowded
The ruling party won surprise victories in three out of four National Assembly by-elections Wednesday despite a snowballing scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye’s inner circle, while the main opposition party suffered a crushing defeat across the board after struggling with…
LG’s G4 banks on new cameras, novel cases
LG Electronics finally launched its flagship smartphone G4 on Wednesday, counting on an improved camera and fresh cover designs to win over smartphone buyers…
Even with Obama, Abe wriggles out of apology
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued to coast through his U.S. trip without properly addressing the issue of wartime sex slaves…
Samsung profits rebound
Samsung Electronics on Wednesday reported that its mobile division posted 2.74 billion won ($2.56 million) in operating profit in the first quarter, a 57.4 percent decline…
Shinsegae Group opens its first business hotel
Shinsegae Group is jumping into the lucrative business hotel market with its first property opening tomorrow in the Namsan area, as Korea Spring Tourism Week begins…
Incheon airport lands 10th world-best award
ON THE DEAD SEA, Jordan - Incheon International Airport has been recognized as the No. 1 large airport in the world for a record 10th consecutive year at the Airport Service…
Creditors regroup as Kumho Industrial sale fails
The sale of Kumho Industrial is back to square one after creditors late Tuesday decided not to name sole bidder Hoban Construction as the primary negotiator…
Aversion to things Korean spreads in Japan
The effects of the Shinzo Abe administration’s soured feelings toward Korea are being reflected in Japanese society and even marketing strategies…
Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)
Inspection finds Natural Endotech’s ingredients are contaminated
A government inspection Thursday found most of Cynanchum wilfordii products available in the market contain herb Cynanchum auriculatum Royal, which is banned by the go.. ...04.30 17:30
7 out of 10 students to enter university through non scheduled admission
Seven out of 10 current second grade students in high school, who will enter university in 2017, would be able to enter universities through non-scheduled admission. .. ...04.30 17:27
Cheong Wa Dae committed to resolving uneasy relations between Seoul and To..
Cheong Wa Dae Thursday made public that it is willing to resolve uneasy relations between Korea and Japan, including disputes over history within this year. Ju Chul-k.. ...04.30 17:17
KDB Daewoo Securities Q1 operating profit soars 132 %
KDB Daewoo Securities posted an ‘earning surprise’ with its first-quarter (Q1) operating profit reaching 142.5 billion won ($133 million) amid the bullish stock mark.. ...04.30 15:03
Now is golden time to stimulate domestic consumption
Expectations on the economic recovery have been gradually growing in the spring. South Korean exports, the growth engine of the nation’s economy, have slowed amid the.. ...04.30 11:28
NPAD wins no seats in by-elections
In parliamentary by-elections on Wednesday, the main opposition party, the New Political Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) suffered a crushing defeat, winning no seats in .. ...04.30 11:00
Kolon-DuPont’s legal struggle would come to a close
Kolon and Dupont`s six-year long legal dispute over the alleged theft of trade would finally come to an end this week, as the South Korean chemical firm decided to pay.. ...04.29 18:03
Now is time to decide on civil service pension reform
Talks over public servant pension reform are heading towards an end. The activity of the special committee for civil servant pension reform at the National Assembly, p.. ...04.29 17:54
Voter turnout rises in April 29 parliamentary by-elections
Polling stations opened for the April 29th parliamentary by-elections, which will be a big variable to determining the direction of parliamentary elections next year. .. ...04.29 17:50
LG’s flagship smartphone G4 is launched
LG Electronics’ new flagship smartphone, the G4, with the industry’s top level in camera performance, has been launched in Korea and five other countries at the same.. ...04.29 17:35
The Kyunghyang Shinmoon (http://english.khan.co.kr/)
Abe Never Mentioned the Comfort Women
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his condolences to the American victims of World War II, but did not mention the comfort women before a joint meeting···
[Editorial] April 29 By-Elections: A Warning to Moon Jae-in's New Politics Alliance for Democracy
The by-election for lawmakers on April 29 ended in a complete victory for the Saenuri Party. The Saenuri Party claimed victories in all three constituencies in ···
Desperate Move by the 'Queen of Elections,' President Park Appears Center Stage One Day Before the Election
A day before the April 29 by-elections, President Park Geun-hye appeared center stage in the race between the ruling and opposition parties. In a message read b···
[Another 'Honeymoon' for U.S. and Japan] Yoo Seong-min Criticizes, 'Failure of the Park Geun-hye Government's Foreign Policy'
On April 28, Saenuri Party floor leader Yoo Seong-min, 57, criticized, "Our government lacks a strategy in its relations with Japan and the U.S. and its diplom···
Lee Wan-koo 'I Have Much to Say, But I'll Leave in Silence'
President Park Geun-hye returned from her trip of four Latin American countries on April 27 and accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo that afte···
Special Committee for the Sewol, 'Failed to Enact the Decree in Over 6 Months... Call for the President's Decision'
Chairman Lee Suk-tae and some standing members of the Special Committee for the April 16 Sewol Disaster engaged in a sit-in on April 27 demanding the enactment ···
South Korea's Diplomacy 'Goes Missing,' While Situation
Surrounding the Korean Peninsula Rocks Countries related to the Korean Peninsula are acting quickly to adapt to the changing international security and economic environment, and signs of a change in ···
[Editorial] What Has the Sung Wan-jong List Investigation Team Been Up to During the Last Two Weeks?
It has been more than two weeks since the Prosecutors' Office gathered a special investigation team for the Sung Wan-jong list. Let's summarize the investigat···
The Korea Economic Daily (http://english.hankyung.com/)
Gov't to Spend 177 Bil. Won in Nanotech Industry Support Program
The government proposed a plan to nurture the nation's nanotech industry to make it the world's second largest with 20 percent of the global market by 2020. To this end, the government will invest 177.2 billion won this year to help nanotech companies develop technologies in seven strategic areas.Th...
Hanwha's Petrochemical Unit Becomes No. 1 in Assets Overnight
As Hanwha Group acquires Samsung General Chemicals and Samsung Total, it becomes a No. 1 company in the petrochemical industry overnight. The total assets of Hanwha's petrochemical affiliates are estimated at 21,173.5 billion won (as of the end of 2014), about 15 percent higher than those of the run...
Samsung Electronics Slips to No. 4 in China’s Smartphone Market
Samsung Electronics slipped to the No. 4 position in China’s smartphone market in the first quarter of this year, standing behind Xiaomi, Apple, and Huawei. According to U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics on April 30, Xiaomi sold 14 million units of smartphones in China in the first quart...
Gov’t Gives Conditional Approval with Samsung
With Samsung Electronics’ mobile payment service SamsungPay scheduled to be launched in the latter half of this year, domestic credit card companies won conditional approval from the Financial Supervisory Service with respect to the security of Samsung Pay. The financial watchdog convened a meeting...
POSCO Energy Completes Building 3 LNG Power Plants in Incheon
POSCO Energy has completed the construction of three liquefied natural gas power plants in Incheon. The company held an opening ceremony on April 30 at the construction site in Incheon's Seo-gu. The combined-cycle LNG power plants Nos. 7, 8, and 9 will replace the two private-sector power plants Nos....
AJU Business Daily (http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)
Jung Hae-in appeared in KBS2 TV drama 'Blood'
ROOKIE ACTOR: Jung Hae-in, who appeared in the recently ended KBS2 TV series "Blood," poses for the camera before holding an interview with The Aju Business Daily newspaper at its headquarters in Jung…
Actress Soohyun appears in Hollywood blockbuster 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
South Korean actress Soohyun, also known as Claudia Kim, who plays the role of Dr. Joe in the Hollywood action blockbuster "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," poses for the camera during an interview with …
Model-turned-actor Hong Jong-hyun stars in comedy 'Meet the In-Laws'
Model-turned-actor Hong Jong-hyun, who plays the male lead role in comedy "Meet the In-Laws 2," poses for the camera during an interview with The Aju Business Daily at a cafe in Jongno-gu, central Seo…
Paul McCartney to hold 1st concert in South Korea May 2
Paul McCartney, a former member of the British band The Beatles, will give his first concert in South Korea this weekend, the organizer said Wednesday. The concert will be held at the Jamsil Stadiu…
Volunteers, officials release loaches, killer of mosquitos
MOSQUITO KILLER: Volunteers and officials from the Seocho-gu Office in southern Seoul release loaches into the Yangjae Stream on Wednesday, as part of efforts to get rid of mosquitos. A loach is known…
National Assembly by-elections to be held in 4 districts Wednesday
AUTOMATIC BALLOT-SORTING MACHINES: Election management officials conduct a trial run of automatic ballot-sorting machines for vote-counting at a primary school in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, Tuesday, a day befo…
DPM Choi Kyung-hwan presides over Cabinet meeting
ACTING PRIME MINISTER: Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of Finance and Strategy Choi Kyung-hwan bangs the gavel during a Cabinet meeting in the Government
LG Innotek Record Business Profit Of 64.4 Million Dollars For First Quarter...
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3D NAND Era to ‘Bloom’ in 2nd Half Apr 28, 2015Share
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Busan Subway Becoming the World’s First Place to Have Commercial LTE-R,
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Daebo Obtains Order For Next Generation ITS Demonstration Project
A mid-sized firm was selected as the priority bidder in the public information business with the exception of major company engagement limit. While numerous major compan...
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[Patents in Future Technology] Technology That LG Has Focused
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