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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Friday, May 8, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notice, humor from a generous former Asian ambassador and a Korean business daily and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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The Korea Post news:

Wives of the ambassadors show their talent in floral works

At Seoul Garden Club Live Flower Arrangement Exhibition

The Seoul Garden Club hosted a Live Flower Arrangement Show at the Ramian Gallery in Seoul on May 6, 2015 with the attendance of Founding Chairperson Mrs. Im Wha-kong of the Club, 2015 President Mrs. Helen Paterson (wife of the ambassador of Australia), incumbent Chairperson Lee Jong-sook and some 50 Korean and foreign dignitaries, mostly the wives of the ambassadors in Seoul and media representatives.

(Names and descriptions of the floral works done by other ambassadors wives will be added as they come in via edt@koreapost.com, to whom our request for the details has already sent.?Ed.)

Seated in the front row, from left, a Korean exhibition manager, Mrs. Nehal Selim Hanna of Egypt (spouse of the Ambassador of Egypt), Chairperson Lee Jong-sook of Seoul Garden Club, Mrs. Helen Paterson (spouse of the ambassador of Australia), Mrs. Amal Lahlou (spouse of the ambassador of Morocco), Mrs. Chafika Derragui (spouse of the ambassador of Algeria).

Second row, from left: Korean Language Editor Ms. Yoon Kyung-sook of The Korea Post, Mrs. Ja Hyun Choi-Bontemps (spouse of the ambassador of Belgium), Mrs. Avazeh Kasrai (spouse of the ambassador of Iraq), Mrs. Zhanna Baigaziyeva (spouse of the ambassador of Kazakhstan), Mrs. Pinar Ockal (spouse of the ambassador of Turkey), Founder-Chairperson Im Wha-kong of the Seoul Garden Club, Mrs. Zofia Majka (spouse of the ambassador of Poland), Mrs. Mariko Bessho (spouse of the ambassador of Japan), Mrs. Park Ha-soon (chairperson of the Hahn Cultural Foundation and Hwajeong Museum), a Korean lady guest and Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.

Rear row, from left: Ambassador William Paterson of Australia, a lady guest, Honorary Consul Kim Young-il of Pakistan, Director James Kim of Ramian Gallery, Mrs. Marijana Lijovic (spouse of the ambassador of Sierra Leone), Mrs. Tazegul Mamedalieva (spouse of the ambassador of Turkmenistan), Mr. Sissel Pindsle of (spouse of the ambassador of Norway), Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, Mrs. Monika Ascensio (spouse of the ambassador of Guatemala), Mrs. Medeleine Wick Reding (spouse of the ambassador of Switzerland).


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The Korea Post contacts the manufacturer for a remedial action and if the manufacturer unjustifiably neglects to take an appropriate action the case is turned over to the government and/or non-government consumer protection organizations.

If it is still unresolved for no justifiable reason, the details are published both in the Korean and English publications of The Korea Post for public attention.


Show the representative foods of your country to the Korean people and the entire world!

For exhibition at the Namyangju Slow Life Expo in October this year to be sampled by half a million people expected to visit during the Expo.

They are published in all five media units of The Korea Post, including its English print monthly:


Please introduce the mouth-watering representative foods of your country while it is hot.

(Please send the recipes and comments to edt@koreapost.com, korpost@chol.com or yeskoreapost@gmail.com.


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Todays humor:

Humor from a generous former Asian ambassador

What is Recession?

Candidate: When "Wine & Women" get replaced by "Water & Wife", that critical phase of life is called Recession!!

Accountancy fact:

What is the difference between Liability & Asset?

A drunk friend is a liability

But... A drunk Girlfriend is an Asset.

All Husbands are Bluetooth...

Always connected to wife when she is around

But the moment wife is away they automatically start searching new devices

Hankuk Kyungje

One hot day, the man driving back to his ice-cream company found himself in a traffic jam.

He got an ice-cream from the back of his truck. Four sweltering children in the car behind watched him eat it.

Feeling sorry for them, he gave some ice-cream to them too.

In minutes he was surrounded by children.

By the time traffic began to move, he had gone through four cartons.

When he got back, he was called to the managers office.

His boss smiled broadly and said to the man, who was expecting to be fired, it was the best PR the firm had had in years.

Parents had been phoning in to thank the company.


KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

New NPAD Floor Leader Open to Renegotiate State Pension Rate

The main opposition partys new floor leader has suggested that he may be willing to renegotiate the state pension's income replacement rate.

South and North NGOs to Hold Joint Event

Civic Groups Meet in Shenyang to Discuss Inter-Korean Event Preparation

N. Korea Asks for Seoul's Cooperation on DMZ Crossing

Cash Rules on Parents' Day

Nations Join Hands Against Japan's Denial of Wartime Sex Slavery

Prosecutors Search 5 Locations in Keangnam Probe

S. Korea's Technology Level Estimated at 78.4% of US

S. Korea, Chile to Boost Cooperation in Space Sciences

New Study Finds Phytoncide Levels Reach Highest in Morning

S. Korea's Technology Level Estimated at 78.4% of US

S. Korea, Chile to Boost Cooperation in Space Sciences

New Study Finds Phytoncide Levels Reach Highest in Morning

VOA: Qatari Builder Dismisses 90 N. Korean Workers

Jim Rogers: Would Invest in Kim Jong-un's N. Korea

Japan's Ruling Party Considers Increasing Sanctions on N. Korea

Hotel Shilla Celebrates Five-Star Designation

Baekje Sites Poised to Join UNESCO World

Moviegoers Flock to "Avengers: Age of Ultron"


Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

Governor appears for prosecution query over alleged bribery

A provincial governor appeared at the prosecution office here Friday for an interrogation into allegations he accepted bribes while campaigning for a party leadership election in 2011.

U.S. declines comment on Japan's bid for UNESCO recognition of wartime facilities

The United States on Thursday declined comment on Japan's bid to list some of its 19th century industrial complexes as UNESCO World Heritage sites despite strong opposition from South Korea and China.

City lifts ban on controversial Lotte skyscraper

The Seoul municipal government on Thursday decided to lift its partial ban on the Lotte World Tower, nearly five months after it blocked usage of the disputed skyscraper and halted ongoing construction work amid safety concerns.

S. Korea accuses Japan of politicizing UNESCO

South Korea accused Japan Thursday of politicizing UNESCO through a bid to list some of its colonial-era industrial facilities as world heritage sites.

Five middle powers to hold FM talks in Seoul

(EDITORIAL from Korea Times on May 8)

(EDITORIAL from Korea Herald on May 8)

Top headlines in major S. Korean newspapers

N.K. official rejects alleged executions of senior officials as 'malicious slander'

U.S. declines comment on Japan's bid for UNESCO recognition of wartime facilities

S. Korea accuses Japan of politicizing UNESCO

Park urges more corporate investment

(LEAD) China opposes Japan's bid for world heritage of industrial sites

Non-mainstreamer elected major opposition floor leader


The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Lotte World aquarium, theater reopens on Tuesday 

The aquarium and theater in the second Lotte World will reopen on Tuesday, after their operations ...

KT offers cheaper unlimited services 

KT said Thursday it will offer unlimited use of data and voice calls as part of a 29,900 won monthly plan.

Strand of hair holds DNA match 

A DNA test has confirmed allegations that a director-level official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sexually harassed a subordinate during an official ov...

Collapse of pension bill halts Assembly 

A political impasse is jeopardizing President Park Geun-hye's drive to overhaul the civil service pension system, an issue that has gained urgency amid the go...

Elderly people outnumber children in Seoul 

Senior citizens in Seoul have outnumbered children for the first time, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday. 

Firms urged to freeze salaries for CEOs 

The government is encouraging companies to freeze CEO salaries as part of efforts to enable firms ... 

Ex-FSS official probed for ties to Keangnam 

Prosecutors raided the home and offices of former Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) deputy gover... 

Navy unveils newest type submarine 

The Navy unveiled a state-of-the-art attack submarine Thursday named after the revered independenc...

A Qatar construction company fires 90 North Korean workers 

A Qatari construction company has dismissed 90 North Korean workers as they violated the companys labor regulations, according to Voice of America (VOA), Thu...

Kumho Industrial to be sold in private negotiations 

Creditors of Kumho Industrial have tentatively agreed to privately negotiate with Kumho Asiana Group Chairman Park Sam-koo over the sale of the builder, de fa...

Peak wage system expanded to hire young workers 

Lee, a manger at an oil company, entered the peak wage program last year. He is getting 80 percent of the salary he used to get, but he is happy with the syst... 

EU takes on American Tech firms 

The European Union has unveiled a plan to take on big U.S. technology companies like Google and Fa... 

Take your pick: Car museums in Ge...


DongA Ilbo (http://english.donga.com)

Why Western nations and Russia celebrate the victory for WWII on different days

Russia has set the day of commemoration for the victory of World War II on May 9, while other Western countries such as the U.S., the U.K. and France set it a day earlier on May 8. Why is that? On May 7, 1945, Alfred... 

Seoul needs to engage in practical diplomacy

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Controversy over govts plan to open cruise casinos to local residents

The Korean government has announced a plan to establish cruise ship operators of Korean nationality and allow local residents to use casinos on cruise ships, which may take effect this year at earliest. The government...

Choo Shin-soo hits his third homer of the season

At an away game with the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers Choo Shin-soo hit a two-run home run (his 3rd of the season) that flew over the left field wall in the second inning when his team was winning 2-0. In May, Choo...

242 km biking road opens on east coast

The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs said Thursday that it will open a 242-kilometer-long biking road between the Goseong Unification Observatory, the northernmost point of South Korea, and the...

Historians urge Abe not to deny wartime sex slaves

Internationally renowned historians are protesting against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s denial of Japan`s wartime past. A group of 187 Japanese history scholars in the U.S., Europe and Australia issued a...

Controversies over N. Korean leaders call for highest-level talks 

Ki Sung-yueng, Son Heung-min as promising Korean soccer players 

New years wishes change over time 

Samsungs 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)

Trouble Brewing Over UNESCO Listing of Japanese Sites

A recommendation by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an advisory body to UNESCO, to list 23 industrial sites in southern Japan has caused some upset. The sites,...

Most Kids Think Their Parents Are the Best

About eight out of 10 children in Korea say they appreciate their parents most, according to a recent survey of nearly 23,000 elementary students by home-learning program...

Newlyweds Still Feel Home Ownership Is Essential

The vast majority of newlywed couples still believe home ownership is essential, according to a survey by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. In the poll of 2,677...

Chinese Tourists a Mixed Blessing for Ewha Womans University

Historic Baekje Sites to Be Listed by UNESCO

Park Hosts School Kids on Children's Day

S.Korean Student Detained in N.Korea

Lonely Teens Embrace Imaginary-Friend App

Work Program Cuts Medical Bills for the Elderly

Poorer Children More Prone to Ill-Health, Academic Failure

1 in 4 Married Men Likely to Divorce

100,000 Chinese Tourists Expected Over Long Weekend

Rain to Dampen Long Weekend


Hankyoreh Shinmoon (http://english.hani.co.kr)

Before ruling on prostitution, masked sex workers to rally in Seoul

Before the Constitutional Court rules on the constitutionality of the Special Law on Prostitution, several thousand female sex workers will join a large masked demonstration in downtown Seoul, the fir..

Threats of violence from veterans groups derail Vietnam War event

Theyre going around the whole country trying to make us look like butchers of innocent people. It looks like those [censored] found out that we were gathering and moved somewhere else. On the af..

Red card for Park governments welfare policies

Members of a civic group show red cards to the South Korean government to criticize them for breaking promises to expand basic pension care, in central Seouls Gwanghwamun Square

University founding new republic of students hungry for alternatives

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Lunch time concerts for pedestrians

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Image of Sewol ferry under the sea, one year later

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JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)

Lee Jong-kul elected as NPADs new floor leader

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) on Thursday elected Rep. Lee Jong-kul as its new floor leader, which hands the four-term lawmaker the responsibility of healing internal splits among the partys different factions in the aftermath of its crushing defeat in the April 29

Govt mandates peak wage system

Starting next year, all government-controlled companies and organizations will be forced to cut the salaries of their senior employees in order to create more jobs for young people

Price based on data use at core of new KT plan

With tech giants like Google now offering cheap wireless service, mobile carrier KT will launch a new service that will charge subscribers based on the amount of data they use

Investors in Korea bullish on China in 2014

Korean overseas investment last year turned out to be heavily concentrated in the United States and China. Investment in China has been growing especially rapidly in recent years

Shinhan, Hana boost operations in Vietnam

Leading Korean banks are increasing their presence in Vietnam, one of the fastest growing markets in Asia, after the two countries signed a bilateral free trade agreement Tuesday

Tebah Global gets $1.8 million retail deal in China

Tebah Global, a Korean company that specializes in retailing in China, said Thursday it has secured a 2 billion won ($1.8 million) contract from Chinese Culture Group


Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)

Brazen political circles offer no apology over botched pension reform

South Koreas National Assembly is standing on the edge of a precipice again. When the National Assembly failed to pass the bill on civil servant pension reform on Wednesday, public interest or the nations future were not on the agenda.Members of the ruling and opposition parties who acted only for political strategy and factional interest took a wait-and-see approach all day long without showing the slightest of remorse on Thursday, the next day a.....

Double standards of Rep. Kang Gi-jung in pension ref..

S. Korea, Vietnam conclude bilateral FTA

Regulations block commercial banks from..

Prices of Seocho apartment for reconstr..

Govt mulls locals entry to cruise c..

Japan-based financial firm charged with..

Now is time to decide on civil service ..


The Kyunghyang Shinmoon (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

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[Editorial] The Approval of Park Sang-ok Is Challenging Democracy

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[Special Feature on the Seventieth Anniversary of National Liberation] The Debate on Pro-Japanese Collaborators

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South Korea's Diplomacy 'Goes Missing,' While Situation Surroun

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[Editorial] Revised South Korea-U.S. Nuclear Agree

Assessments of the revised nuclear agreement reached between South Korea and the U.S. were generally positive in South Korea. This is probably because the n

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


The Korea Economic Daily (http://english.hankyung.com/)

Samsung Electronics Breaks Ground for Worlds Largest Semiconductor Line

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Halla Corp. Lands 79 Bil. Won Deal to Expand Bangladeshi Airport

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Korea's Foreign Investment Balance Surpasses $1 Tril. for First Time

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Seoul's Aged Population Number Surpasses That of Youths

The number of senior citizens over the age of 65 residing in the Seoul metropolitan city has surpassed that of youths aged 15 or younger for the first time. According to the city government on May 7, the number of the aged older than 65 was 1,237,181 as of the end of April this year while that for t...


AJU Business Daily (http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)

Actress Kim Ah-jung named goodwill ambassador for Seoul Int'l Women's Film Festival

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Seoul International Women's Film Festival 2015 to screen 111 films from 37 countries

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Adult comedy 'Love Clinic' to open May 7

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