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The Korean daily media headlines and humorOct. 2, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notice and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

P.S.: 1. To see the desired site, press down the Control key and click the blue URL of the media.

2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.

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The Korea Post notice:

There are only five days to the Namyangju Slow Life (Food) Festival (http://www.slowlifeplanet.org/english#) on Thursday 8 October. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for the day with a high of 23 degrees and a low of 12. Here is re-run of the Invitation for the Excellencies and Madams:

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 oganic 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

/s/

 Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

RSVP: Yes, We (my spouse and I) will attend____. I will attend alone____.
(Please mark the blank spaces above and below with an X or Tick.)

Mobile phone of driver or secretary: ____________________.          Regrets: ____.

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

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

Last MERS Patient in S. Korea Tests Negative

The last Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient in South Korea has tested negative.

US Deploys Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Japan

20th Busan International Film Festival Kicks off Thursday

US House Expresses Support for S. Korea-US Alliance, Reunification

Foreign Ministry Trying to Confirm Death of S. Korean Teen in Syria Airstrikes

Lawmakers from Farming, Fishing Regions Protest Merger of Constituencies

S. Korean Beauty Products Top Export Item with Surging Demand

Industrial Output on Rise for 3rd Month

South, North Labor Groups to Hold Football Friendly in Pyongyang

Seoul Regrets N . Korea's Latest Threats, Calls for Implementation of Aug. 25 Accords

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

US Deploys Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Japan

UN Secretary-General Meets N. Korean Foreign Minister

Asahi: Seoul Refused Tokyo's Offer to Discuss Evacuation of Japanese in Emergency Case

Last MERS Patient in S. Korea Tests Negative

Volkswagen to Recall 120,000 Cars Sold in S. Korea

Environment Ministry to Conduct Volkswagen Emissions Test

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

Busan film festival celebrates 20th anniversary

The Busan International Film Festival kicked off in the southern port city of Busan on Thursday as it celebrated its 20th anniversary with a rich lineup of films and celebrities.

Founded in 1996, it unarguably has developed into Asia's largest film festival with a budget of about 12 billion won (US$10 million) and over 220,000 visitors from around the world as of last year.

S. Korea's current account surplus narrows in Aug.

South Korea's current account surplus shrank from a month earlier in August mainly on a fall in exports that led to a cut in the surplus in the goods balance, data showed Friday.

Congress includes statement reaffirming alliance with S. Korea in defense budget bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a defense budget bill for next year that included a statement reaffirming the importance of the alliance with South Korea.

Park should use upcoming U.S. visit to explain her attendance at China parade: U.S. expert

South Korean President Park Geun-hye should use her upcoming visit to the United States to explain to ordinary Americans why she attended last month's military parade in China despite being a U.S. ally, an expert said Thursday.

S. Korea's last MERS patient tests negative

The last South Korean patient previously diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has tested negative for the virus, health officials said Thursday, with the number of infected people in the country reaching zero.

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

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

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KT, Kakao, Interpark consortiums apply for Internet-only bank license 

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

N. Korea reluctant to invite foreign guests to party-founding events

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Neither Son Heung-min nor Lee Chung-yong at national football match

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S.K. military plans to deploy 800-km range ballistic missile by 2017

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Seoul mayor proposes to create a community among Northeast Asian cities 

Tensions rise between rival factions in ruling party 

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

Salty water flows boost hope for life in Mars

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

S. Korea to Deploy Longer-Range Missiles by 2017

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Majority of Ferry Disaster Victims Apply for Compensation

Just over two-thirds of the families of victims who died in last year's ferry disaster have applied for government compensation, meaning they have foregone the right to sue the government. The families of 96 of the 304 dead who did not apply are expected to file lawsuits against the state. >> Full Text

Volkswagen to Recall 120,000 Cars in Korea

Volkswagen is recalling around 120,000 diesel cars sold in Korea amid a widening emissions scandal that is threatening to engulf the entire industry. The Environment Ministry said the German auto giant informed Seoul of its decision to recall Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars that were sold here from 2009 to 2015. >> Full Text

Last MERS Patient Free of Disease

Busan Film Festival Opens with Indian Movie

Injuries to Key Players Worry Korea Ahead of Kuwait Match

Fireworks Festival to Light Up Han River Park

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

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Economy shows some life in Aug.

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Roh had hotline to Pyongyang and used it often

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LG’s low-cost V10 targets rival sales

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Volkswagen says over 120,000 rigged cars were sold in Korea

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Posco E&C receives cash in sell-off to Saudi’s PIF

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

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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: http://www.koreapost.co.kr/

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Korean-language newspaper: http://www.koreapost.co.kr/pdf/list.php

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English print monthly: http://koreapost.koreafree.co.kr/magazine/index.html?page=2

The contact information of The Korea Post is:

Email edt@koreapost.com or korpost@chol.com, Regular phones 82-2-2298-1740/2, 1745/6,  Fax 82-2-2298-9506.

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