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Sept. 30, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notice, 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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2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.


The Korea Post notice:

An invitation to witness, sample all kinds of foods from around the world!

As Your Excellency might have recently noticed, almost all the TVs and other print and digital media in Korea are all out in introducing the health foods from all the different countries of the world?as well as the traditional Korean foods. Why do they do it?!

There is only one reason: People want to stay in good health and live long and to do so they must eat and drink the best they can get because as they now almost invariably say, “What you eat is what you are!”

Just at this juncture, I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Mayor Lee Suk-woo of the Namyangju City cordially invites Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadors and Madams, to the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Namyangju Slow Life (Food) Festival on Thursday 8 October 2015. Limousine Buses will leave at Grand Hyatt Seoul at 0840 hours on that day.

Does Your Excellency have another appointment that day? Not to worry!?as long as it is after 3 p.m. because Your Excellency and Madam come back to Grand Hyatt Seoul at 3 p.m. Details follow:

0840 hours Thursday October 8, 2015: Meet at Grand Hyatt Seoul0840-0950 hours: Move by Limousine Buses from Hyatt to Namyangju Culture Hall.
1000-1030 hours: Pre-Opening performances by K Tigers and Seoul Municipal Choir performances

1030-1200 hours: Opening Ceremony-Recognition of VIP guests, LED performances, International Flag Bearers’ March (50 countries), welcome speech, congratulatory speeches, Musical Color-show performances, Korea Fantasia performance.

1200-1230 hours: Tour of the Exhibition booths and see all kinds of health foods from around the world.

1230-1340 hours: Attend luncheon hosted by Mayor Lee Suk-woo together with the Minister of Culture, Sports and tourism, Governor of Gyeonggi Province and other central and local government leaders.

1400-1500 hours: Move from Namyangyangju back to Hyatt by Limousine bus(s)

Contacts: Mr. Chung at 010-3481-1101 (English), Ms. Kim at 010-3388-1682 (Korean), Bobbie Kim at 010-9100-9112 (English and Korean), Chairman Lee at 010-5201-1740. Regular phones: 2298-1740/2, 1745/6. Fax 2298-9506.

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


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


S. Korea, US, Japan Foreign Ministers Warn Against N. Korean Provocations

The foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan have met in New York, warning that additional provocations by the North, including a...

President Park Returns After Attending UN Meetings

S. Korea's National Competitiveness Remains at 26th

S. Korea, US, Japan Foreign Ministers Warn Against N. Korean Provocations

President Park Returns After Attending UN Meetings

Park Visits Cultural Service NY on Last Day in US

Manufacturers' Sentiment Remains Steady, Outlook Worsens

S. Korean Volkswagen Owners File Lawsuit

Seoul Bazaar Festival to Kick off Oct. 1

N. Korea Denounces Park's Speech at UN General Assembly

N. Korea Claims Long-Distance Rocket Launch is Sovereign Right

Separated Families, N. Korean Defectors Hold Chuseok Ancestral Ritual Near Border

US Military Points at N. Korea as Cyber Threat

RAND: Additional 150,000 US Troops Needed if N. Korea Collapses

S. Korea's National Competitiveness Remains at 26th

Int'l Symposium on Multiculturalism to be Held in Seoul

Movie 'Veteran' Becomes S. Korea's No. 4 Box Office Hit

Maroon 5's 'Lost Stars' Most Played Pop Song during Chuseok

Supermoon to Cause Tidal Differences of 10m on Chuseok

Avian Influenza Confirmed in South Jeolla Province

S. Korea to Launch Anti-Smoking Research Institute in October


Yonhap (

U.N. Security Council begins studying stronger sanctions on N. Korea: FM Yun

The U.N. Security Council has begun studying stronger sanctions that could be imposed on North Korea in case the communist nation goes ahead with provocations, South Korea's top diplomat said Tuesday.

S. Korea voices regret over NK's threat to cancel family reunions

The Unification Ministry expressed deep regret Wednesday over North Korea's threat to cancel the upcoming reunions of separated families, urging the North not to politicize the humanitarian issue.

S. Korea, China to hold joint anti-piracy drill in Gulf of Aden

The navies of South Korea and China will hold a joint anti-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden, according to China's military on Wednesday, in the latest sign of military cooperation between the two nations.

Park, Putin reaffirm partnerships on regional security

President Park Geun-hye and her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday agreed on the importance of continued cooperation between the two nations in efforts for regional peace and stability.

S. Korean financial firms most vulnerable to China shock: data

South Korean financial firms are the most vulnerable to an economic slowdown in China, with their exposure to the world's second-largest economy being the highest in the world, market data showed


The Korea Herald (

Park presses N.K. to cancel launch

Amid mounting tension over North Korea’s possible launch of a long-range rocket in October, South Korean President Park...

Cost of Seoul travel surges

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Prospect of Korea-Japan summit grows

The exchange Sunday of seemingly amicable greetings between the leaders of South Korea and Japa...

'Cinderella' musical enchanting, comical

Yang Yo-seob of the boy band Beast plays Prince Christopher in the ongoing musical production o...

'Strongest evidence' of water on Mars

Scientists on Monday announced "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars, raising the distant ...

Growing international ro...

Korea showed its readiness to play a more vital role in the international community during t...

Park aims at N.K. at U.N...

While much of world is preoccupied by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, President Park...

Korea’s expansive FTA network creates new investment opportunities

An Italian company that supplies cosmetics to global beauty brands such as L’Oreal and Estee...

Wildland fire forum to kick off in Pyeongchang

The world’s leading authorities in nature, forest and culture will kick off the sixth Internet..


The Korea Times (

S. Korea, U.S., Japan warn N. Korea against provocations

The top diplomats from South Korea, the United States and Japan warned North Korea on Tuesday not to conduct a long-range rocket launch, saying the provocation would trigger "further significant measures" against the communist n...

Abusive parents' rights to be limited  

Parents will have their parental rights limited if they abuse their children, starting from next month, according to the Ministry of Government Legislation, T... 

Cooking fad spreads among men 

More Korean men are taking up cooking amid a recent fad ignited by a series of popular TV shows st... 

Protesters face tougher punishment  

A protester attacks a policeman with a stick during a rally of the Korean Confederation of Trade U... 

Miss USA winner named K-Culture supporter  

Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, and 15 other U.S. citizens have been appointed as “K-Culture supporter... 

Pro-Park faction criticizes Rep. Kim  

Lawmakers affiliated with President Park Geun-hye harshly criticized ruling Saenuri Party Chairman...

Race heats up for Internet-only bank  

The competition to win a license as an Internet-only bank is heating up as bidders must file for preliminary permits on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. 

Creative economy: Springboard for Korea's leap forward 

Korea is faced with a number of daunting global issues ranging from a low birthrate and population...

Fees to increase for visits to doctors on Saturday morning  

Starting this week, patients will have to pay more in medical fees when they visit doctors on Saturday mornings.


DongA Ilbo (

Salty water flows boost hope for life in Mars

An area that appears when temperatures rise above minus 23 degrees Celsius, and disappears when temperatures fall below that. The evidence that liquid water flows on the surface of Mars was discovered by Lujendra Ojha,... 

President Park tells Abe ‘to meet in Seoul’

President Park Geun-hye conducted “diplomacy through encounters“ in and around the U.N. General Assembly that brought together heads of state from over 160 countries worldwide. Notably, she had a brief meeting with...

Apple sells 13 million new iPhones in initial 3 days of launch

Apple has sold more than 13 million new iPhones in the three days after their launch, a record for the company. The new devices come in a new color, Rose Gold, which is gaining huge popularity, while iPhone craze has...

Volkswagen faces lawsuits and penalties

The Korean government will take disciplinary action against Volkswagen after completing test on its four car models` exhaust emissions in early November. Two years are needed for Korea and EU to jointly introduce...

Spieth wins PGA Tour Championship

American youngster Jorden Spieth (22) has become the winner of the PGA Tour Championship after all. In the Tour Championship, the finale of the PGA Tour playoffs, at the East Lake Golf Club (par 70) in Atlanta,...

Presidential office’s belated inspection of KFX plan set by Kim Kwan-jin

On widely expected disruptions in the Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX), the largest weapons program since Korea’s foundation, the presidential office said on Friday, “The office of senior secretary for civil affairs is...

U.S., China urge North Korea to keep U.N. resolutions 

Presidential office’s belated inspection of KFX plan set by Kim Kwan-jin 

Choo Shin-soo garners homer-like two-base hit 

Murder suspect Kim Il-gon planned kidnapping for three months


Chosun Ilbo (

Fewer People Visit Ancestral Hometowns for Chuseok

Average daily traffic volume in downtown Seoul over Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving increased nine percent to 4.45 million this year. This may be partly due to people who returned to Seoul after just a brief visit to their hometowns. >> Full Text

Volkswagen Scandal Spreads to Other German Carmakers

The Volkswagen emissions scandal is spreading to Audi and Skoda and other affiliates of the auto giant as police started investigating ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn. There are allegations that Volkswagen was aware of the problem years ago but chose to ignore it. >> Full Text

Outdoor Activities to Shape Up in Autumn

Unlike the summer, autumn's cool temperatures and stunning colors make it the ideal season for exercising outside. Here are some activities that are particularly good for shaping up while enjoying the season's nature. >> Full Text

3 Korean Sights Make It on Lonely Planet's Travelist

Korea Mulls Visas for Seasonal Foreign Labor

New iPhones to Reach Korea in Late October

No Surprises in Roster for World Cup Qualifier


Hankyoreh Shinmoon (

Government spending on online advertising going mostly to conservative websites

Examination of advertising expenditure figures shows clear slant of propping of conservative websites

Central government agencies have greatly increased the scale of their internet media advertising since the Lee Myung-bak administration - but the bulk of the benefits are going to conservative-leaning sites, a National Assembly lawmaker claimed on Sept. 29.Data provided to lawmaker Bae Jae-jeung of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) by the Korea Press Foundation...

N. Korea continues threats, but no concrete moves detected

North Korea made more threats about launching rockets and testing nuclear weapons during the Chuseok holiday, though there were no indications that it is making actual preparations for either of these actions. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, US President Barack Obama, and Chinese President Xi Jinping publically urged North Korea to refrain from doing anything that would raise tensions.“When we launch satellites and strengthen our nuclear deterrent... .

A stateless North Korean teenager who just wants to study

Fifteen-year-old “Eun-ju” was sitting in a rented apartment in Seoul’s Nowon District on Sept. 24 when she explained her dream to go to school. It embarrasses her to be the only one among youths her age who doesn’t put on a school uniform, she explained. Her grandmother, 70-year-old “Park Hyeon-sun,” winced in sympathy as she looked on. .

In China, S. Korean companies have a tough time collecting cash

Since product sales are falling because of the abrupt slump in the Chinese domestic market, it’s becoming more common for Chinese commercial agents who have been selling commercial goods supplied by Korean SMEs to not pay the cost of the goods or to delay the payment. One South Korean plastic manufacturer said, “A little while ago, we shipped... .

Instead of single textbook, government seeking to tighten approval process

Instead of the South Korean government issuing a single Korean history textbook, Education Minister and Vice Prime Minister Hwang Woo-yeo reportedly issued “special instructions” to investigate and report on ways to minimize the differences between government-approved textbooks. The Education Ministry responded by recently launching a review of ways to toughen the approval process, including setting requirements for textbook writers, reports say. .

[Analysis] 1997 Itaewon murder case being reopened after extradition

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...


JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (

Park pleads to North in General Assembly speech

Government pushes for transparency in new defense measures

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President Park Geun-hye urged Pyongyang to choose reform over attacks and other provocations, and touted her vision for unification of the Korean Peninsula…

Consortia compete for 1st Internet bank license

The government will be accepting applications for Internet-only banks for the next two days. If the process goes smoothly, Korea’s first Internet bank will start business…

Open primaries get parties’ support

The ruling and main opposition party leaders narrowed their differences over how to hold primaries for the general election next year, making it more likely that…

Corporate espionage is on the rise at Korean firms

Mr. Cho, a 29-year-old who works for a business partner of Hyundai Motor, was dispatched in February to a Chinese company …

13% of country’s office space is devoid of tenants

A growing number of offices are lying empty in major business districts across Korea, but rents are not falling despite the high vacancy rate…

Apple’s iPhone 6s hits record 13 million sales

Apple sold a record 13 million iPhones during the debut weekend of its latest handsets, as enthusiasts from Beijing to New York rushed to stores to be the first with the new devices…

Assets of 8 banking groups rise 5% on new loans

The total assets of eight banking groups in Korea increased 5 percent, or 75 trillion won ($63 billion), in the first half of this year compared to the end of 2014…

Incheon misses large gun shell

A Swedish national departing from Korea was found to be carrying a 10-centimeter (4-inch) empty cartridge of a powerful machine gun in his bag…


Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (

LG Electronics marks 5th year under new leadership

LG Electronics marks its fifth anniversary on October 1 under the leadership of Koo Bon-Joon, Vice Chairman and CEO, who handpicked the company’s slogan: ‘fast, stro.. ...09.30 13:46

S. Korean government considers upping fines on car emission violation

In the wake of the Volkswagen scandal, South Korean government considers upping fines on car emission violation, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Environment. .. ...09.30 11:50

KERI cuts S. Korea’s growth forecast on sluggish exports

The Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI) cut South Korea’s GDP growth estimate for 2015 from the previous 2.7 percent to 2.4 percent in its latest economic outloo.. ...09.30 11:13

Samsung Pay officially launched in U.S. on Monday

Samsung Pay, the mobile payment service of South Korea’s tech giant Samsung Electronics Co., has entered into partnership with four mobile carriers and six card compa.. ...09.29 17:18

IoT to make livestock disease management possible

South Korea’s IT startup uLikeKorea Co. announced on Tuesday that it has developed LiveCare, an IoT-based monitoring service for livestock disease management in real .. ...09.29 16:04

Hanssem showing remarkable growth

South Korea’s leading furniture manufacturer Hanssem Co., which has gotten short change as a declining industry, has recently shown remarkable growth. The company s.. ...09.29 13:51

Mind-blowing performances at Performing Arts Market in Seoul

Art is a universal language, and people will be able to find this undeniable truth at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) this autumn in Seoul. PAMS, committe.. ...09.29 10:22

WKF 2015: Megatrends to new zeitgeist

This year’s World Knowledge Forum (WKF) features an array of sessions discussing the megatrends that will usher in a new zeitgeist. Those sessions are sure to be the .. ...09.29 10:21


The Kyunghyang Shinmoon (

[Chef Park Chan-il's Delicious Aesthetics] Chuseok Needs to Change

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?Scream for Help Turns out to Be Desperate Cry for Employment after Police Search

?A college graduate in her twenties who had failed to find employment for several years screamed out a prayer for a job in an urban hill in the early hour···

[Editorial] Youth Hope Fund Taking Money from the Pockets of Irregular Workers?

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Over 4,500 Domestic Violence Cases around National Holidays: 112 Reports Peak on Night of Return Home

At 11 p.m. on February 16, just ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, Jeong, 45, from Iksan, North Jeolla Province, could no longer tolerate his wife's nagging.···

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···


The Korea Economic Daily (

NPS's Domestic Stock Return on Investment Remains in Negative Territory This Year

The average return on investment of the National Pension Service in domestic stocks moved into a negative territory this year. This is largely because large-cap stocks in electronics, automobile, shipbuilding, and steel that it amassed have performed poorly. Another reason for the negative return wa...

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The average return on investment of the National Pension Service in domestic stocks moved into a negative territory this year. This is largely because large-cap stocks in electronics, automobile, shipbuilding, and steel that it amassed have performed poorly. Another reason for the negative return wa...

Cosmetics and Perfumes Most Popular Shopping Items for Foreign Tourists

The most popular shopping items for foreign tourists last year were cosmetics and perfumes. According to a report "Analysis on 2014 Tourism Market" published by the Korea Tourism Organization on September 27, cosmetics and perfumes accounted for 59.6 percent of all purchases made by foreigners visit...

Chinese Gov't Relaxes Regulation on Panda Bonds

The People's Bank of China is reviewing a plan to further liberalize rules on "Panda bonds," Chinese renminbi-denominated bonds from a non-Chinese issuer. If it materializes, foreign companies doing business in China will be able to procure funds through the local bond market. The Chinese central ba...

Samsung Spearheads Setting of Next-Generation Terrestrial Broadcasting Standard in U.S.

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AJU Business Daily (

Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-jik at Aju forum

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Seoul ranks 6th in Global Financial Centers Index

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Promotional event for 'hanu,' or Korean beef held

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Jobseekers pack public-sector job fair at COEX

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‘Luxury Taxi’, Which Is Kakao Taxi’s First Profit Model, Is Used In Advance For Demonstration

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The Korea Post is at your service

Dear International Student:

We learned your name and contact information through the good offices of the prestigious Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) and the Kenya Community in Korea (KCK) in Seoul.

The Korea Post, which celebrates its 30th anniversary of founding this year, consists of five different media outlets, three in English and two in the Korean language and two in print edition (one English and one Korean) and three Internet editions (one English Internet daily, one Korean-language Internet daily and one English e-daily).

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, The Kore Post is further expanding its coverage of, and service for, the international students community in Korea, from its coverage of over 200-plus foreign embassies accredited to Korea, including 111 resident embassies Seoul.

Our typical programs with the international students in Korea include the following:

Dangjin Festival:  /news/view.html?smode=&skey=Dangjin&x=19&y=12&section=161&category=181&no=896,

African retreat: /news/view.html?section=162&page=3&category=183&no=1006)

It if you any interesting story/photos, which you think might contribute to the promotion of understanding, exchange, cooperation and friendship between Korea and your country, you may send them to us for publication by all five media units of The Korea Post mentioned above, namely:

Korean-language Internet daily:

English-language Internet daily: /main/index.html

Korean-language newspaper:

English e-daily (Korean Media Daily Headlines): /rankup_module/rankup_notice/notice_detail.html?no=313

English print monthly:

The contact information of The Korea Post is:

Email or, Regular phones 82-2-2298-1740/2, 1745/6,  Fax 82-2-2298-9506.


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