The Korean daily media headlines and humor
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Here are a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
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A round-up of the latest news published by the Korean media:
Park to Explain S. Korea's Diplomatic Policy at UN
President Park Geun-hye will explain South Korea’s policy for reunification and efforts to contribute to world peace to the international community during her visit to the United Nations.
Summits with Pakistan, Denmark Scheduled During Park's NY Trip
S. Korean Maintenance Team to Visit North to Prepare for Family Reunions
No Signs of Imminent Rocket Launch Detected in North
Park to Explain S. Korea's Diplomatic Policy at UN
S. Korea Plans to Establish Commando Unit to Destroy N. Korean Nuke Facilities
Cancer Leading Cause of Death in S. Korea
Court Rules in Favor of Lone Star in Tax Refund Suit
KOSPI Plunges on External Uncertainties
Civilian Group Sends 900-Thousand Anti-Pyongyang Leaflets
Two Koreas Agree to Promote Football Exchanges
US Congressman Welcomes San Francisco Resolution on Sex Slavery Memorial
Bloomberg Releases Robin Hood Index
N. Korea Reveals Its New Satellite Control Center to CNN Reporter
Seoul to Fix Incorrect Foreign Expressions on Signage
Police Book Taxi Drivers for Overcharging Foreign Tourists
Itaewon Murder Suspect Extradited to S. Korea
China increasingly willing to understand need for pressure on N. Korea: White House official
China has shown an increasing understanding of the importance of denuclearizing North Korea and the need to apply pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to realize the goal, a White House official said.
Ex-diplomat acquitted of masterminding escape of late sunken ferry owner
The nation's top court Thursday found a former South Korean ambassador to the Czech Republic not guilty of helping the late owner of a sunken ferry evade a massive police manhunt.
Samsung Pay processes US$30 mln of transactions in S. Korea
South Korea's top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its mobile payment solution has processed tractions totaling US$30 million in the month after its debut in South Korea.
Honda celebrates San Francisco's legislation on 'comfort women' monument
U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) on Wednesday lauded San Francisco's city council for adopting a resolution urging the city government to establish a memorial honoring victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery.
Russian envoy urges both Koreas to refrain from raising tensions
Moscow's top envoy to Seoul urged both South and North Korea Wednesday to avoid actions that could aggravate tensions between the sides, saying that is the key to resolving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
Asylum seekers struggle for refugee status in Korea
With risks and challenges faced by refugees across the world having become one of the greatest global issues of today, t...
Korea to retest fuel economy of Audi A3, A7
The government said Wednesday that it will retest the fuel economy of diesel-powered Audi A3 an...
Seoul to create special unit to attack N.K. nuke, missile assets
South Korea is seeking to create a special unit in the Army tasked with destroying North Korea’...
KT plans to invest W13tr in smart GiGA network by 2020
Aiming to become the world’s tech and telecommunication leader, KT Corp., a leading mobile c...
Itaewon murder suspect denies 18-year-old ch...
After nearly two decades including a botched initial investigation and series of trials, a movie and a re...
The decision on whether to use Chinese characters in conjunction with Hangeul in elementary ...
‘Bestowing’ Chuseok tr...
On Sunday, the Blue House announced that President Park Geun-hye is granting all lower-ranki...
SK builds Europe’s largest lubricant base oil plant
South Korea’s SK Group, in partnership with Spain’s largest oils and gas company Repsol, is...
Expat rockers eye new fans at Zandari Festa
Expat artists will be looking to make the most of Seoul showcase festival Zandari Festa, which ...
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
`Itaewon murder' suspect denies all allegations
Arthur Patterson, 35, a Korean-American suspected of killing a Korean university student in 1997, was sent back to Korea for trial Wednesday, 18 years after the alleged murder and 16 years after he fled Korea. He arrived at Inch...
DAPA under fire over F-35 deal
The state-run arms procurement agency is drawing fire for allegedly lying about the terms of a contract on the transfer of technologies in a 7.3 trillion won ...
KT to triple overseas sales by 2020
KT said Wednesday that it will triple its overseas sales over the next five years by expanding tel...
NK provocations to meet with tougher sanctions
South Korea will propose tougher sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations if Pyongyang engages in military provocations next month, Cheong Wa Dae o...
'90s hit singers back together for Chuseok show
A special show to celebrate Chuseok, entitled “Again Hit Songs Best 50 95-96,” will be aired on 24...
Ex-Sumitomo Mitsui official under probe over harassment
The prosecution is investigating a former senior Japanese official at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.’s Korea branch over allegations that he sexually harassed ...
Mini drones to monitor NK border units
The Ministry of National defense said Wednesday that indigenous mini drones will be deployed with ...
Home plus hit by major strike
Unionized workers of Home plus staged a strike Wednesday, demanding that MBK Partners guarantee th...
Opposition leader trades barbs with former member
Rep. Moon Jae-in, chairman of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), and ...
Park's aides aim at Daegu elections
President Park Geun-hye’s aides are likely to run for parliamentary seats in Daegu during the general election next year.
DongA Ilbo (http://english.donga.com)
Samsung is a step ahead in global mobile wallet war
Samsung`s Executive Vice President Rhee In-jong had expected that Samsung Pay mobile payment service could be a game-changer but it is receiving a better-than-expected response. “It is changing consumers’ lifestyle and...
Endangered bird habitats found off southern coast
Fairy pitta, National Monument No. 204 and a Class 2 endangered wildlife, has been confirmed to have collective habitats in islands in coastal areas of South Jeolla Province. The warm-temperature and subtropical...
U.S. media reports Son A-seop’s possible move to Major League
“While the team is in fierce race to secure the fifth place, we feel perplexed to hear that our player is reportedly seeking to move to the Major League. The team will consider if we receive an official request after...
Prime Minister Hwang: ‘Rumors of his presidential bid completely groundless’
“It is completely groundless. I will focus on the duty that I am responsible right now.” With some insiders in the ruling camp suggesting the possibility of "an independent candidate for the pro-Park Geun-hye faction,"...
Chinese president begins first state visit to U.S.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday (local time), starting the schedule for his first state visit to the United States. The Sino-U.S. summit scheduled for Friday draws global...
Suspicion raised over military general’s retirement through fake documents
“Not to investigate a case involving a military general who retired by using fabricating official documents is a plot to cover up the case.” This is what Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the main opposition New Politics Alliance...
U.S. media reports Son A-seop’s possible move to Major League
S. Korean president to deliver speech at U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 28
Businessman-turned politician Malcolm Turnbull becomes Australia’s new prime minister
Korean major leaguers continue to thrive on
Real-name street vendor system to debut
Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
N. Korea Tidying Up Rocket Launch Site
North Korea has fenced off and tidied up a rocket launch site as the Workers Party's 70th anniversary on Oct. 10 approaches, a government source here said Wednesday. But there are no signs of an imminent launch at the remote site in Tongchang-ri. >> Full Text
Koreans Spend More Time on Phone Than Eating
Koreans spend an average of two hours and 23 minutes a day on their smartphones, longer than one hour and 56 minutes they spend on meals. Cheil Worldwide analyzed over 200 million records of over 70,000 smartphone apps of 4,442 users. >> Full Text
Jobseekers Hope to Find Part-Time Jobs Over Chuseok
Nearly 40 percent of jobseekers want to work part-time during Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, a straw poll suggests. Job portal site Alba asked 999 jobseekers last week and found that 36 percent of them hope to find part-time work during Chuseok. >> Full Text
Special Unit to Strike
N. Korea's Nuke, Missile Sites
Korea, Japan to Resume Military Cooperation
China Opens Bullet Trains to N. Korean Border
Prime Suspect in Itaewon Murder Extradited After 18 Years
Hankyoreh Shinmoon (http://english.hani.co.kr)
1997 Itaewon murder case being reopened after extradition
One of two suspects must be guilty of Burger King bathroom stabbing, but too early to predict case‘s outcome
With the extradition to South Korea of Arthur Patterson, 36 - accused of a murder that occurred at a Burger King in Itaewon, Seoul, 18 years ago - there is a chance that this murder could finally be solved in court. Patterson arrived in South Korea at Incheon International Airport early in the morning of Sep. 23. When asked by reporters whether he admitted the crime, Patterson denied all...
[Reporter’s notebook] Should Japan rearm to ‘deter North Korea
’More than sixty people have applied to an independent Samsung Electronics committee providing compensation on leukemia and other occupational diseases. But its unclear relationship with the coordinating committee on the issue is already spawning confusion for victims. Critics are already accusing the company of giving up on “social dialogue” while keeping the scope of compensation recipients narrow. .
Next generation jet fighter plan hitting the skids over US objections
South Korea’s pledge to transfer key technology from developer Lockheed Martin while introducing the F-35A as a next-generation fighter has foundered on objections from the US government, sources report. The technology in question would have been essential in development of the indigenous KF-X fighter. While the administration and military maintain the KF-X can still be developed without.... .
THAAD missile defense system would carry a US$2.5 billion price tag
Deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula would cost around US$2.5 billion, the Air Force Chief of Staff said on Sept. 22.A propeller from the 1,800-ton top-of-the-line submarine Ahn Jung-geun was also reportedly replaced five years after its introduction because of 151 cracks found on it. .
Students learn about comfort women in new textbooks
On the afternoon of Sep. 22, third-year students at Yonhi Middle School in Seoul were hard at work. The same students who had been rowdily racing along the corridors just five minutes earlier were now scanning to find the four vocabulary words to fill in the blanks in the text on their desks. .
[Column] South-North Korea need to empower their Foreign Ministry
It is difficult to know whether to celebrate or bemoan the Koreas' plans to hold another round of family reunions next month. Of course, we are happy for the families themselves. However, these reunions -- always one-off and a cruel reminder of how so many more will never have a chance to participate -- have left behind nothing more than even more tears in their wake. The problem is that they, along with other "confidence-building measures" such as tourism and industrial parks, far from paving the road to unification...
JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)
Burger King murder suspect back in Korea
Government pushes for transparency in new defense measures
The key suspect in the notorious Burger King murder in Itaewon in 1997 was returned to Korea on Wednesday after being extradited from the United States. Arthur John Patterson, a 36-year-old American citizen, arrived at Incheon International Airport Wednesday morning in handcuffs and escorted by investigators…
Park embarks on a busy UN visit
President Park Geun-hye’s trip to the United Nations this month will focus on stopping North Korea’s nuclear brinkmanship, seeking support for Korean unification…
Hyundai workers start partial strikes over pay
Unionized workers and the management of Hyundai Motor failed to reach an agreement on this year’s wage negotiations before Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival…
KT sees promise in new sectors
Marking the 130th anniversary of the company, telecommunications operator KT said Wednesday it is fine-tuning its focus towards new growth-oriented businesses…
Volkswagen scandal could hit import sales
Volkswagen’s emissions scandal has quickly become a global issue, and Korea’s import market - led by German brands like Volkswagen…
New reforms, strategies exacerbate NPAD divides
Internal divides in the main opposition flared Wednesday after an independent panel recommended that its chairman run in next year’s general election…
VW’s CEO will plead case to advisory board
Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn will get a chance to make his case before the executive committee of the automaker’s supervisory board on Wednesday.…
Envoy hosts event to tout U.S.-grown food items
In his first written message to the public as the new U.S. ambassador to Korea - a post on his personal blog that would instantly shape his image as the top…
Xi reiterates position for denuclearized North
Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal ahead of his upcoming summit with the U.S. president that…
Commissions costly for small shops
Small shops in Korea pay an average 320,000 won ($269) every month in commissions to credit card companies, taking a big bite out of their profitability…
Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)
LG Chem to build EV battery plant in Poland
LG Chem Ltd. will build an electric battery vehicle plant in Europe to better respond to demands from local carmakers such as BMW, Audi and Renault. If completed, LG C.. ...09.24 13:05
Lotte Duty Free set for bold vision
Lotte Duty Free announced a bold vision to become a global leader in travel retail business by achieving sales of 29 trillion won ($24.37 billion) overseas and attract.. ...09.23 17:25
Dongwon fuels biz expansion with M&As
Dongwon Group is leveraging M&As to expand its business size. Based on a stable cash flow from fisheries business, it gains speed in diversification into packing mater.. ...09.23 16:58
Volkswagen emission scandal widens
Volkswagen’s emissions crisis is deepening around the world as the German carmaker said Tuesday as many as 11 million vehicles world-wide contain the software alleged.. ...09.23 15:10
Hyundai Motor’s labor union to go on partial strike
Hyundai Motor Co. workers decided to go on strike for the fourth straight year after they failed to reach an agreement with management over wages late Tuesday, casting.. ...09.23 13:09
Koreans use smartphone apps over 2 hours a day
Koreans use smartphone apps over two hours a day on average except making a call or sending a text, a survey showed Tuesday. This means Korean people allocate more time.. ...09.22 17:52
S. Korea hosts own Black Friday
South Korea will host its own Black Friday sales event in early October in a bid to bolster domestic spending. This is the nation’s largest-ever sales event organiz.. ...09.22 17:46
S. Korea’s consumer goods exports to China heading south
South Korea should export more consumer goods to China than intermediate goods to turn around the nation’s trade in the second half. Exports of Asia’s fourth-large.. ...09.22 14:19
The Kyunghyang Shinmoon (http://english.khan.co.kr/)
Itaewon Murder Suspect Extradited to South Korea after 16 Years
American Arthur John Patterson, 36, a suspect in the "Itaewon murder" will be extradited to South Korea after sixteen years. Thus Patterson will stand trial f···
[Editorial] Views that Rhee Syng-man Founded the Nation: Teaching History with a Textbook Missing Details of Dictatorship
Yesterday, the Ministry of Education released the new history curriculum, and in it the ministry replaced the expression, "establishment of the government of t···
[Editorial] South Korea's Economy Suffers Domestic and International Challenges, Yet President Says Stop the Pessimism
South Korea's exports continued to decline for nine consecutive months. According to the export-import performance during September 1-20 surveyed by the Korea ···
[Editorial] For Whom Is the Federation of Korean Trade Unions S···
A day after the tripartite committee announced the agreement on structural reforms to the labor market, our concerns have become a reality. The government and t···
Samsung C&T Holds Hands with Alibaba and Aims at C···
?Samsung C&T has held hands with China's Alibaba Group to enter China's online fashion business. Samsung C&T's fashion group (formerly Cheil Industr···
[Editorial] A Leftist Wind Is Blowing in U.S. and ···
Left-wing politicians are increasingly gaining support in U.S. and U.K. politics. According to a survey of the state of Idaho released by CBS and YouGov on Sept···
Third Investor-State Dispute Case: Government Belatedly Released the Details after Attempts to Conceal the Case
The South Korean government is caught up in a third investor-state dispute with Iran's Entekhab Industrial Group following the disputes with Lone Star and "Ma···
[Editorial] Easy Layoffs Not Enough? Chaebol Seek to Reduce Social Insurance
The tripartite commission reached an agreement, which significantly pushed back employment stability, and in less than a week since that agreement, businesses a···
?[Japan Can Go to War] A Flare for an Arms Race in Northeast Asia
Now that the Shinzo Abe cabinet in Japan has passed the security bill allowing the country to exercise its right to collective self-defense, they have completed···
The Korea Economic Daily (http://english.hankyung.com/)
Ability of NPS to Buy Additional Stocks Estimated at 12 Tril. Won
As uncertainties on the external front rise in relation to the U.S. Fed's rate hike and the Chinese economy's visible slowdown, concerns are mounting over whether foreign investors would keep sustaining the domestic stock markets. In a situation where it is increasingly hard to expect forceful net-b...
Airbnb Hosts Ruled Illegal by Korean Court
A court ruled that it is unlawful for a homeowner to provide lodging to paying customers through Airbnb without registering with the government's district office. This is the first such ruling making it illegal to rent out rooms by way of the Internet lodging rental site. Given the annual number of...
Lotte Duty Free to Attract 13 Mil. Foreign Tourists by 2020
Lotte Duty Free will set out to reinvigorate tourism by attracting 13 million foreign tourists for the next five years. The duty-free shop operator announced on September 23 "Vision 2020" which includes plans like this. It will try to become the world's largest duty-free shop company by earning 29 t...
SK Telecom Joins Hands with Samsung Electro-Mechanics to Develop LPWAN Technology
SK Telecom and Samsung Electro-Mechanics signed a memorandum to promote the development of LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network) technology on September 23. The LPWAN is an Internet-of-Thing-exclusive telecommunications technology that connects daily living devices through fixed-line and wireless netw...
KT Plans Unveils Investment Plan for up to 2020
KT plans to invest 13 trillion won to establish an intelligent GiGa infrastructure and foster its future business by 2020. The telecom company held a press conference at its downtown Seoul building on September 23 where it presented its future vision. First of all, KT will take the initiative in est...
AJU Business Daily (http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)
Promotional event for 'hanu,' or Korean beef held
Women look at packs of "hanu," or beef from a breed of cattle native to South Korea during a promotional event for customers at the Cheonggye Plaza in central Seoul Tuesday, ahead of the Chuseok holid…
Jobseekers pack public-sector job fair at COEX
Young jobseekers listen during the 2015 Public Service Fair at the COEX Convention Center in southern Seoul on Wednesday. The two-day event, organized by the Ministry of Personnel Management, ends Thu…
Forum on 'creative economy' kicks off in Seoul
The Global Green Growth Forum 2015 (GGGF) kicked off in Seoul Wednesday for a three-day run, under the theme of "Creative Economy and Great Korea." The incumbent Park Geun-hye administration’s slo…
Cha Eun-gyo crowned Ms. Bikini at 2015 Muscle mania Korea contest
Cha Eun-gyo poses during the 2015 Muscle mania Fitness Korea contest at the K-Hotel in Yangjae-dong, southern Seoul, Saturday. She won the Grand Prize in the category of Ms. bikini. Cha and winners in …
'Korean Black Friday' to kick off Oct. 1
A Korean version of “Black Friday” sales will be held across the country in October to spur spending, the government announced Tuesday. The "Korean Black Friday" will kick off on Oct. 1 for a two-w…
Boosting money supply for Chuseok holiday
An official checks banknotes to be distributed to commercial banks to meet the rise in demand ahead of the Chuseok holiday starting Sept. 26 at the headquarters of the Bank of Korea (BOK) in central S…
2015 Global Green Growth Forum to open in Seoul Wednesday
The 2015 Global Green Growth Forum (GGGF) will open on Sept. 23 at the Plaza Hotel in central Seoul, under the theme of "Creative Economy and Great Korea." Hosted by The Aju News Corporation, the 7…
K-pop girl band SECRET member Jeon Hyo-sung at Hallyu festival
K-pop girl band SECRET member Jeon Hyo-sung performs during the 2015 Hallyu (the Korean pop culture wave) Dream Festival at the Citizens Stadium in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, Sunday. Jeon we…
Cost To Download One Song Will Increase Up To $0.67
It is predicted that a price to use digital songs will increase up to 33% next year, where a cost that used to be $0.51 (600 KRW) to download one song will go up...
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Lotte’s ‘L Pay’ Will Be Released This Month
Lotte is launching L Pay and entering electronic payment market. As Shinsegye Group already released its SSG Pay in July, it is expected that competition between ...
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Controversy About Huge Mobile Virtual Network Operators Taking ‘Free Rides’
There is a controversy about ¡®Free Ride¡? surrounding Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) 144 Business that is managed by large businesses (includ...
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Government, Which Lost Golden Time At The Time Of Sewol Ferry Incident, Is Doing Major Operation By Coping With Disaster And Through ICT
South Korean government, which lost golden time at the time of Sewol Ferry Incident, is combining and linking disaster management system that suffered from an industri...
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Public And Private Organizations Come Together To Develop Future Display Technologies
Consultative group that has businesses and government investing to develop display original technologies and universities and laboratories performing research is established....
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