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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post news, The Korea Post notices, 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:

PM Hwang attends Gyeongju Silk Road Festival on behalf the President

Dignitaries from over 40 countries2015.08.31 12:37

President Park Geun-hye takes strong interest in the promotion of cultural exchange between Korea and all the countries of the world, especially those in Asia and Europe including the countries on the Silk Road. Against this backdrop, President Park had been scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Culture Festival on Aug. 21, 2015, which, however, did not materialize due to the mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula at the time due to military provocations caused by the North Korean regime while a high-level inter-Korean negotiations were in progress at Panmunjom. For further details, please visit: /news/view.html?section=162&category=182&no=1041


The Korea Post news:

Invitation to Asia's largest Kim's Eye Hospital in southern Seoul

Has Your Excellency ever heard of the name, Kim's Eye Hospital? The Hospital is the largest in Korea and is considered to be so also in Asia. Director of the Hospital is Dr. Mrs. Yonglan Kim, the daughter of President Hi-soo Kim of Konyang University. Please visit:




At this time, I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that President Hi-soo Kim of Konyang University and Director Ms. Yonglan Kim of the Hospital cordially invite Your Excellency and Madam to inspect the ultra-modern facilities and equipment of the Hospital together with a selected number of other Excellencies and Madams on Friday September 18, 2015. If Your Excellency and/or Madam wish to have an ophthalmological check-up, you are most welcome.

For reservation and inquiries, please call:-

Mobile phones: Ms. Kim at 010-3388-1682 (Korean), David Chung at 010-3481-1101 (English) or Chairman Lee at 010-5201-1740.

Regular phones: 2298-1745/6, 2298-1740/2


A round-up of the latest news published Korean media:

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

Both Koreas Downgrade Military Posture to Peace Time

The South Korean military has downgraded its defense posture to its usual level while the North is also said to have lifted its special alert order for its forward units.

S. Korea, Japan Education Ministers Meet for First Time in 15 Years

BOK Business Survey Index Falls from Previous Month in August

Gov't Bolsters Dokdo Site to Counter Japan's Dokdo Portal

105 Years Ago Today Korean Sovereignty Was Handed to Japan

Gov't to Allow Skilled Foreign Workers to Easily Extend Stay

Business Sentiment Remains Weak

Both Koreas Downgrade Military Posture to Peace Time

'Faithful Implementation to Bring Rapid Progress in Inter-Korean Relations'

N. Korea Accepts Offer to Hold inter-Korean Red Cross Talks on Sept. 7

'Sanctioned N. Korean Ships Frequently Entered Russia'

UN Chief to Attend China Parade Despite Protest from Japan

China Welcomes Park's Decision to Attend Military Parade

OECD: S. Korea Health Spending Low, but Rate of Increase Fast

Gov't to Return 10% VAT to Foreign Patients Having Plastic Surgery

Gov't to Cut University Student Quotas by 40,000 over 3 Years

Ancient Ship Found Near Mado Island

20th BIFF to Open on Oct.1

Exhibition of Princess Deokhyes

Korean Team Discovers New Substance for Possible Cure of Septicemia

Typhoon Goni Brings Heavy Rain, Strong Winds

Mackerel Catch Soars 208% in H1 YoY

Son Heung-min Heads to Tottenham, Becomes 13th S. Korean Premier League Player

'Construction of Stadiums, Facilities for 2018 Olympics on Track'

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Pacific Womens Open


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

S. Korean manufacturers' confidence inches up for Sept.

South Korean manufacturers turned slightly positive on their business prospects for September, a poll showed Monday, but the improvement was limited due mostly to nagging concerns over China's slowing growth.

Ailing Daewoo Shipbuilding pushing for restructuring

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., South Korea's No. 2 shipbuilder, is pushing for a massive restructuring drive next month, including the sale of assets worth up to 400 billion won (US$339.1 million), as it struggles to recover from huge losses, industry sources said Monday.

S. Korea's industrial output dips 0.5 pct on weak exports in July

South Korea's industrial output edged down in July as weak exports dented demand for electronic parts and machinery and equipment, a government report showed Monday.

Koreans' overseas card spending hits record high in H1

Overseas credit card spending by South Koreans hit a fresh record in the first half of 2015 on widened duty-free benefits and a rise in the number of outbound travelers, central bank data showed Monday.

Sydney Seiler expected to step down as special envoy for six-party talks

Sydney Seiler, U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear program, is expected to step down from the State Department position, a diplomatic source said Sunday.

60 yrs after Korean War, mine-strewn DMZ ..

Sydney Seiler expected to step down as special envoy for s..

Both Koreas' militaries return to peacetime mode

N. Korea's Kim marks death anniversary of Unification Chur..

Ailing Daewoo Shipbuilding pushing for restructuring

China's yuan cut to have limited impact..

Seoul shares open lower on techs, carmakers

S. Korea's industrial output dips 0.5 pct on weak e..

KOSPI 1,934.12 DN 3.55 points (open)

Kim Soo-hyun draws thousands at China event

Festivals Calendar - September 2015

Rangers' Choo extends on-base streak with single

S. Korean Bae falters in final round of PGA Tour playoff e..


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

Koreas swiftly shifting to dialogue

South and North Korea will hold Red Cross talks early next week to discuss family reunions after Pyongyang accepted Seouls proposal for the meeting, the Ministry of Unification said Sunday. Separately, the two Koreas plan to ho...

Regular, non-permanent workers' wage gap widens 

The wage gap between regular and non-regular workers has widened further this year, government dat...

'NK seeking diplomatic leverage' 

North Korea appears to be seeking dialogue with South Korea to make a diplomatic breakthroughs in its stalled relations with other regional powers _ especiall... 

Japan upset over Ban's visit to China 

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moons plan to travel to China this week to attend its mas...

Over 500 doctors indicted for kickbacks 

The prosecution has found 536 doctors allegedly took money or entertainment from pharmaceutical firms or medical appliance companies in return for using their...

Worker dies while repairing screen door at subway station 

A man died after he became caught between a subway car and a platform screen door at Gangnam Station in southern Seoul while attempting to repair the door, Sa... 

Physician-advocate Park Chang-il helps disabled people step out of the shadows 

As a young man, Park Chang-il never doubted his future as an orthopedic surgeon. 

New A6, A7 sedans lead Audi sales 

In the most fought-over midsize imported car segment, Audi is making tangible results in the local... 

Honda conducts massive recall in Korea 

Honda Korea has been ordered to recall more than 21,000 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and motorcy...

Seoul to help needy with recyclable hotel toiletries 

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) said Sunday it will work with hotels to collect recyclable toiletries and electric appliances and distribute them to l... 

New Weolseong No. 2 reactor starts operation 

The second reactor at the new Weolseong nuclear power plant in Gyeongju, 370 kilometers southeast ... 


The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

Cross-border tensions fade

Cross-border tensions further abated over the weekend as North Korea accepted the Souths offer to hold bilateral Red C...

The irony of plagiarized self-introductions

Im a talented individual who is very diligent.From a very young age, I was very interes...

Chaebol face calls to testify at Assembly

More big business leaders than ever are expected to appear at...

Delegation flies to Middle East to gauge interest in Woori Bank

A group of high-profile financial officials from Korea flied to the Middle East on Sunday to ch...

Cable car approval touches off dispute

The governments decision to allow the construction of a second cable car route on Mount Seoraksan last ...

Chungs contributions

In an interview with a local newspaper, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras music director C...

Heavier punishment

Phone scammers got their just deserts when the Daegu District Court sentenced two men to six...

Dynamic but safe Jaguar XE is a catch

Safe and dynamic may appear to be conflicting ideas at first glance, but they are two o...


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

Good examples to repel voice phishing scams

It makes no sense. Are you really a police officer? Koreas Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) and the National Police Agency (NPA), which recently have released some recordings of actual voice phishing frauds on... 

Stock prices home and abroad would go up and down for sometime

Escaping from the China shock, the global stock market appears to calm down. Some, however, see that the stock prices home and abroad would go up and down for some time before uncertainty for increase rate increase is...

Good examples to repel voice phishing scams

It makes no sense. Are you really a police officer? Koreas Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) and the National Police Agency (NPA), which recently have released some recordings of actual voice phishing frauds on...

Tottenham is looking for Son Heung-min

Although Son Heung-min has yet to be listed for the game, fans of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. welcomed, chanting his name. Having completed the deal with Tottenham in the English Premier League (EPL), Son Heung-min (aged...

American YouTube star attends YouTube Fan Fest in Seoul

There is no such thing as an overnight star. You have to be consistent in creating your contents and uploading them. Dont cling to the number of visitors and readers. Even only one reader for your contents can be...

Japan opens Internet portal offering content on Korean islets of Dokdo

The Japanese government on Friday opened an Internet portal site providing information on South Korea`s easternmost islets of Dokdo, on which Tokyo lays territorial claims. The move is viewed as Tokyo`s intention to...

Thames struck by sudden slump suffers poor batting average 

Seoul ward names road after Korea`s first Supreme Court chief justice 

Hyundai Motor chairman meets Shandong Province governor 

`Open` marketplace to be held at Jamshil Station underground plaza 

Obama may endorse a 2016 presidential candidate 

Kang Jung-ho garners the seasons 27th walk 

Koreas womens basketball team determined to go to Olympics 

Shinzo Abe to skip World War II 70th anniversary events in China


Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Half of College Graduates Live with Parents

Half of young graduates are either living with their parents or depend on them financially after leaving university or finding jobs. This trend is mainly due to the tough job market. >> Full Text

Armies Stand Down on Both Sides of the Border

The armies of the two Koreas have eased their respective alert level to a peacetime posture. Tensions rose after two South Korean soldiers were maimed by box mines in the demilitarized zone and the South resumed a propaganda loudspeaker campaign, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un putting the army on a quasi war footing. >> Full Text

Parents Desperate to Marry Off Their Kids

As more and more young Koreans put off marriage, parents are increasingly taking the initiative to find mates for them. Some have even formed social clubs with other parents in order to find mates for their children. >> Full Text

More Customers Plump for Affordable Smartphones

Seoul Hopes to Resume 3-Way Summits with China, Japan

Dozens Killed, Thousands Homeless in N. Korean Floods

Hyundai to Embark on Massive Recruitment Drive

Police Arrest Mastermind Behind Peeping-Tom Videos

Son Heung-min Transfer Reports Disappoint Leverkusen Teammates

Kim Yu-na to Promote Youth Olympics in Norway


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

Pres. Parks approval rating up to nearly 50% after inter-Korean agreement

Respondents cite peaceful resolution with North Korea as main reason for spike in support

Following the high-level talks between South and North Korea on Aug. 25, President Park Geun-hyes approval rating jumped to nearly 50%, a poll shows. On Aug. 28, Gallup Korea announced that 49% of the 1,004 adults from around South Korea that it surveyed between Aug. 25 and Aug. 27 thought positively of Parks job performance. This was a 15 percentage point jump from just one week ago, when Parks approval rating was 34%, and it is the highest number since the third week of April 2014 (59%), just before the sinking of the Sewol ferry.

[Analysis] Halfway through term, Pres. Park hasnt accomplished anything noteworthy

With Park Geun-hye reaching the midpoint of her term as president on Aug. 25, political analysts are offering critical assessments of her first two and a half years in office. When the Hankyoreh contacted 10 political scientists, pundits, and other experts on Aug. 23 to ask for a midway assessment of Parks administration, all 10 responded that Park had yet to do anything worth assessing. .

Pres. Park avoids in-person meetings, and that may cause bungled efforts

One of the most frequent criticisms directed at President Park Geun-hye during her term so far has had to do with her avoidance of face-to-face reports. Her preferred method of communicating in writing and by telephone rather than meeting and discussing matters personally has been cited as more than just an idiosyncrasy, but the chief factor in repeated instances of confused government responses. .

[Cine feature] 7 Korean co-production milestones

As the local industry reaches saturation point at home, with Korean films looking to breach the 100 million admissions mark for the third straight year, alternate avenues for growth are being explored by studios and talent. New projects by Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon have drawn international media attention but just as prevalent in the news these days is news of Korean co-productions, most prominently with neighboring China, whose market became the worlds second largest last year and is already tracking 40% of its 2014 total this year. .


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

Pyongyang gives OK for talks on family reunions

Norths response comes quickly as both sides move to ease tensions

Pyongyang on Saturday immediately accepted an offer from the South Korean Red Cross to hold working-level talks on Sept. 7 to discuss reunions for families separated during the 1950-53 Korean War, the latest in a series of steps by both countries to decrease tensions on the peninsula...

Company labor costs still rising steadily, data shows

It cost an average of 4.67 million won ($3,956) per month last year for domestic companies to keep on one employee, according to data released Sunday

Plan aims to buoy medical tourism

The government on Sunday proposed a plan that aims to encourage more medical tourists to seek treatment in Korea, which includes offering multi-lingual support

Social shopping services evolve as retail industry shifts

Bottles of mineral water, fresh figs from Jeolla, a discount coupon for a pedicure service at a nearby nail salon and reduced-price airline tickets.Its hard to imagine

Struck by oncoming train, maintenance worker dies

A 28-year-old on-duty maintenance worker died Saturday evening at Gangnam Station in southern Seoul when he was struck by an oncoming train after getting stuck

111 questioned in marriage agency crackdown

Police are investigating more than 100 people after a crackdown on 72 agencies across the country suspected of operating illegal marriage brokering services

Seoul reinforces website on Dokdo

Tokyo launched a new governmental Internet portal site bolstering its claim over the Dokdo islets in the East Sea at the same time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul

Developers place their bets on future casinos

The field is narrowing in the race for two multibillion-dollar casino businesses in Korea. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Thursday

Mortgage loans stay high despite cuts in base rate

Despite falls in the key interest rates set by the Bank of Korea, net interest spreads of mortgage loans issued by the banks continued to rise in the past two years


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

Recruitment plans for top 30 groups

Amid uncertain economic outlook at home and abroad, South Korean large companies are expected to hire more recent college graduates in the second half this year compar.. ...08.30 17:15

Large companies release youth employment plan

More and more South Korean business groups have released a mid-term or long-term employment plan. The move for large companies to release employment plans amid uncert.. ...08.30 17:14

Samsung conducts reshuffle of chemical businesses

Samsung Group has reorganized its business structure of electronics and chemistry sectors through exchanges of shares and businesses of Samsung SDI and Samsung Fine Ch.. ...08.30 13:25

Parks approval rating reaches close to 50%

Even though South Korea has entered the second half of the Park Geun-hye administration after passing the halfway point, the administration has regained the driving fo.. ...08.30 10:38

Hyundai Motor union demand undeterred by push to create more youth jobs

Hyundai Motors labor and management had held 22 rounds of collective wage negotiations since the first meeting on June 2. However, the labor union declared collapse .. ...08.28 15:42

License fee hike against duty free shop operators

There are growing voices in the National Assembly for raising a license fee for duty free shop operators because their sales are surging, while paying only a small fee.. ...08.28 15:40

JCT begins frugal phone service for foreigners

A frugal phone service has begun for foreign workers and residents in South Korea. They will be able to use mobile phone services without a complicated subscription pr.. ...08.28 15:28

Govt to ramp up defense and job budget

The South Korean government will sharply cut growth and tax revenue forecasts in the process of next years budget compilation. It will also increase the budget for j.. ...08.28 11:27

DSME grapples with another liquidity squeeze

Korea Development Bank (KDB), the largest shareholder of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), is beleaguered by the ailing shipbuilder facing another liqui.. ...08.28 10:38

S. Koreas growth pattern looks surprisingly similar to Japans

South Koreas nominal GDP growth, that is, real growth plus inflation, looks surprisingly similar to the Japan of 20 years ago, state think tank Korea Development Ins.. ...08.27 17:42


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

Will North Korea Launch Long-Range Rockets in October? First Test in Inter-Korean Relations

North and South Korea avoided a military clash with the August 25 agreement, but the path to actual progress in inter-Korean relations and the expansion of exch

[Editorial] Leading the Ruling Party's Campaign for the General Elections, Choi Kyung-hwan and Chong Jong-sup Are Not Qualified to Be Ministers

Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs Chong Jong-sup made a toast to a "victory in the general elections" at a dinner of Saenuri Party lawmakers, and the New Politics Alliance for D

80 Million Cases in 3 Years, 1.6 Times Per Citizen: Indiscriminate Inquiry of People's Communications Data

Last October, A, a man in his thirties received a phone call from the police. The person on the other side of the receiver asked, "What did you do at ** (place

Hard to Expect an Increase in Domestic Consumption with the Government Measures to Stimulate Consumption

Yesterday, the government presented measures to stimulate domestic consumption. The new government plans include lowering the individual consumption tax on larg

From Confrontation to Dialogue: Inter-Korean Relations Take the First Step in a New Direction

North and South Korea met at the crossroads of war and peace and a meeting of high-level officials, which continued late into the night for four days, ended in

Moon Jae-in, 'Praise the Government's Effort in Doing Its Utmost'

The response among politicians to the expression of regret on the landmine incident and the agreement to cease propaganda broadcasts against the North by senior

Climbing Foreign Exchange Rates and the Crashing Stock Market: South Korean Economy Suffers a Double Blow

The domestic financial market fell into panic yesterday with foreign exchange rates soaring and the stock market crashing down. The KOSPI index fell 2.5% from t


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

Gov't to Resume Int'l Grain Buying Business after Failure in 2013

The grain importing business that the government had tried for years ago will be resumed, this time through a private sector-led initiative. According to government sources on August 30, the government budget of 55 billion won returned to the state coffer after the Ministry of Strategy and Finance f...

[Market Insight] SK Group Invests in Global Healthcare Firms by Joining with China's Fosun Group

SK Group is investing heavily in global healthcare firms by joining hands with Fosun International of China, the country's largest private-owned conglomerate. According to investment banking sources on August 30, SK Group has set out to make investment in healthcare companies around the world throug...

Business Sentiment for September Remains Gloomy

The business sentiment index (BSI) for September turned out to be gloomy due to China's yuan depreciation and the plunge of the Chinese stock market. According to the Federation of Korean Industries' BSI survey with the nation's top-600 companies in sales terms, the BSI for September stood at 95.1,...

LG U Surpasses 20% in July Market Share

LG U passed the 20-percent mark in Korea's wireless telecom service market, in terms of the number of people who actually pay telecom bills. According to the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning on August 28, LG U had a share of 20.10 percent as of the end of July 2015. This figure is up...

Hyundai and Kia to Showcase Variety of Brand-new Models at IAA

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors are set to show off a variety of brand-new models, including new Avante and Sportage at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) which will open on September 15. According to industry sources on August 28, Hyundai Motor is preparing to debut its 6G new Avante at the Frankfurt...


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

Chinese chef Lee Yeon-bok promotes Paldo's new black bean paste ramyeon

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Exhibition on South Korea in 1970s and 1980s opens

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Campaign to protect people from unwanted pregnancy launched

With a month to go before the World Contraception Day, employees of Bayer HealthCare Korea hold a quiz show about the pharmaceutical company's "Your Life" campaign to protect people from unwanted

It's time for students to rent a room

A student takes a look at a bulletin board on the wall near Chung-Ang University in Hukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Thursday to rent a room before the beginning of a new semester.

Religious leaders issue declaration for peace on Korean Peninsula and reunification of two Koreas

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Korea Grand Sale to continue until Oct. 31

A large placard reading Korea Grand Sale hangs on the wall of a department store in downtown Seoul on Wednesday. The Visit Korea Committee kicked off Korea Grand Sale, one of South Korea's largest

Bird's-eye-view of Seodaemun Station intersection in central Seoul

A photo taken on Monday shows the bird's-eye-view of the Seodaemun Station (Line 5) intersection in central Seoul from the Nonghyup Bank's headquarters, after work to demolish a 44-year-old el

Autumn is approaching

A man with a smartphone takes a picture of his wife in a field with sunflowers in Jipyeong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province, Sunday, as summer is drawing to a close.


ETNEWS (http://english.etnews.com/)

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