The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Nov. 26, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, Nov. 26, 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 of Korea this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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


Over 10,000 Invited to Pres. Kim Young-sam's State Funeral

The Ministry of the Interior announced that a funeral ceremony for former President Kim Young-sam will be held in front...

Environment Ministry Recalls 125,000 Volkswagen Diesel Vehicles

Two Koreas Seeking to Arrange Inter-Korean Talks

Ruling Party Submits Bill Banning Mask-wearing During Protests

Eventful Life of Democracy Fighter Pres. Kim

Egyptian Foreign Minister Calls for Worldwide Cooperation Against Terrorism

IMD: S. Korea Near Bottom in Worker Motivation

Consumer Sentiment Improves for 5th Straight Month

Korean Air to Fly A380 from Incheon to Bangkok and Sydney

Two Koreas Seeking to Arrange Inter-Korean Talks

'Doubt of Leadership Spreading Among N. Korean Officials'

N. Korea Urges S. Korea to Show Will to Improve Relations through Actions

Mourners Overseas Pay Respects to Late Kim

Japanese Police Investigate Explosion at Yasukuni Shrine

BBC, Le Parisien Report Death of Pro-Democracy Icon


Yonhap (

Sales rise at department stores but down at discount outlets in Oct.

Sales at major department stores here rose in October amid a nationwide sales event, but major discount outlet chains suffered a slight drop in sales, government data showed Thursday.

S. Korea's consumer sentiment improves in Nov.

Consumer sentiment in South Korea continued to improve from a month earlier in November, mainly on a better outlook for income, central bank data showed Thursday.

U.S. Pacific commander, Japan's defense chief renew commitment to maritime operations in South China Sea

The U.S. Pacific commander and Japan's defense minister renewed their commitment to conduct maritime operations in accordance with international law in the East and the South China seas, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Koreas to hold inter-Korean meeting this week

Working-level officials of South and North Korea will meet this week to prepare for high-level government talks that could help mend their strained ties, government officials said Wednesday.

Ruling party moves to ban masks at rallies

A group of ruling party lawmakers proposed an amendment bill Wednesday aimed at banning the use of masks during rallies or protests.


The Korea Herald (

Korea to bid final farewell to former president Kim YS

South Korea made final preparations to bid farewell to late President Kim Young-sam at a state funeral Thursday, bringin...

Mobile payment race intensifies  

From smartphone-makers to retail firms, more companies are jumping on the mobile payment bandwa...

Heavy Russia raids in Syria area where plane downed: monitor

Russian warplanes carried out heavy raids in Syria's northern Latakia province a day after Turk...

Naver mulls logo suits against HP

South Korea’s largest search engine Naver is considering a lawsuit against global computing gi...

Anonymous writers

As expected, the preparation of state-authored history textbooks for middle schools and high...

Put aside differences

The late President Kim Young-sam who passed away Sunday will be laid to rest at the National...


The Korea Times (

Ex-President Kim Young-sam's funeral to take place at 2 p.m.

The funeral of former President Kim Young-sam will be held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul at 2 p.m. today.

Two Koreas hold working-level dialogue this afternoon 

North and South Korea kicked off a working-level meeting on Thursday afternoon to decide details o...

S. Korea orders Volkswagen to recall 125,000 vehicles 

South Korea's environment ministry said Thursday that it has ordered a recall of over 125,000 Volkswagen vehicles sold in South Korea after it found that the ... 

Anti-Samsung group faces identity crisis 

Banolim, a civic group representing the interests of some former Samsung Electronics workers, is f...

Foreign scribe takes swipe at Park's mask comment 

As controversy over President Park Geun-hye's likening of local protesters wearing masks to ISIS grew, a foreign journalist took to social media to air his vi... 

Three politicians in the limelight following ex-President's death 

Three politicians are drawing attention for their associations and ties to late former President K...

Science journal retracts 'plagiarism' paper co-authored by Korean prodigy 

The Astrophysical Journal will retract a paper co-authored by Song Yoo-geun, 17, of the University of Science & Technology, and Park Seok-jae, a researcher at... 


DongAIlbo (

Female teenage Austrian IS member killed after escape attempt

Teenage Austrian IS member Samra Kesinovic (17, photo) was reportedly beaten to death after an attempt to escape. Samra voluntarily joined the Islamic State (IS) and worked as a poster girl. The UK daily Telegraph... 

Samsung chief`s daughter Lee Seo-hyun to deliver speech at an int`l event

Lee Seo-hyun, second daughter of Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee and CEO of Samsung Corporation, will be delivering a keynote speech next April at the Conde Nast International Luxury Conference in Seoul. This...

Pres. Park to attend Climate Change summit in Paris on Sunday

President Park Geun-hye will take on a tour to Paris, France and Prague, the Czech Republic just six days after an overseas tour for multilateral meetings. She will be traveling from Sunday to Friday next week. Park...

NC Dinos slugger Eric Thames wins MVP in Korean baseball

Eric Thames (29), currently with the NC Dinosaurs in the Korean pro baseball, had made the list of candidates in the 2010 season for winner of the player of the year award, which is presented to Double A players of the...

U.S. refusal on fighter jet technology transfer might signal cracks in alliance with S. Korea

The United States has delayed the planned transfer of 21 aviation technologies specified in the contract for South Korea`s purchase of U.S. fighter jets, after refusing to transfer four core technologies essential to...

Pianist Kim Sun-wook releases Beethoven sonata album

Pianist Kim Sun-wook (27) has released his first solo album through Accentus, a German label, which includes two Beethoven piano sonatas, Op.53 Waldstein and Op.106 Hammerklavier. The album was recorded in June at Jesus...

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hopes to visit N. Korea soon 

U.S. issues travel warning amid terrorist threats 


ChosunIlbo (

N. Korea Cracks Down on Long Hair

North Korean officials are ordering young men to keep their hair short and are enforcing their tonsorial diktat if they find anyone who fails to comply. Young men have been told to model their hairstyle on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. >> Full Text

N. Korea Remains Mum on Ex-President Kim Young-sam's Death

North Korean media has yet to mention the death of former South Korean President Kim Young-sam. Kim, a tireless advocate for democracy during decades of military dictatorship, died on Sunday at age 88. >> Full Text

Mercury Drops Below Zero in Seoul

A winter cold front will grip the country for a few days, sending temperatures below zero in most regions. Morning lows in Seoul hit -2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. >> Full Text

Last MERS Patient in Korea Dies

Traditional Korean Pavilion Built in Berlin

Revised Korea-U.S. Nuclear Pact Goes into Effect


HankyorehShinmoon (

Exhibition shows scars of 3,000 days of struggle on Jeju’s Gangjeong Village

Construction of naval base has left some of Gangjeong Village’s natural beauty under piles of concrete rubble

In his poem “Children of Gangjeong,” Shin Kyeong-nim says that wild roses on Gureombi Coast and the wind blowing from Beom Island are the mother and father of Gangjeong. He also says that people should be proud of the mothers and fathers fighting to protect the village. The poem reads, “I’ve traveled to various parts of the world / but I’ve never seen anywhere more beautiful than this. / Listen, children, / it’s okay to feel proud of your mothers and fathers / who are fighting to protect your village. / . . . / Look at that sea. / Do you see wild roses on Gureombi coast? / That’s your mother. / Do you feel the wind coming in from Beom Island? / That’s your father.”

In S. Korea, the NIS has a virtual monopoly on wiretapping

98.6% of the legal wiretapping that occurred in South Korea during the first half of 2015 was done by the National Intelligence Service (NIS), government documents show. There are growing concerns that the NIS, which is largely free of external oversight, has a de facto monopoly on wiretapping in the country. In addition, with the focus of monitoring gradually shifting toward online accounts, there is increasing anxiety after Kakao Talk last month reversed a policy of rejecting warrants for wiretapping. Kakao Talk is a mobile messaging service that is currently used by 90% of smartphone owners in the country. .

Fighter plane technology transfer from US unlikely this year

US approval is looking unlikely this year for 21 key technologies related to Korean fighter plane (KFX) development that the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) claimed would receive final export license (EL) decisions later this month. The US previously refused to allow transfers for four other key KFX technologies. The program could now be facing serious development problems amid difficulties in the two countries’ detailed negotiations on the 21 forms of technology that the US had previously pledged to provide. .

“Delicious” cloned beef? S. Korean and Chinese planning mass cloning of cows

A Chinese bio-engineering company announced plans to collaborate with a South Korean institute headed by researcher Hwang Woo-suk on construct the world’s largest animal cloning complex for the mass-production of cloned beef cattle. Experts worried about the untested safety of eating cloned animals and predicted that high production costs would make the venture economically unfeasible.


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

VWs are hot once more thanks to big discounts

The Mapo District Volkswagen dealership in western Seoul was deeply worried when an emissions rigging scandal hit headlines in October. The worries are receding, and the scandal has been combated with the most basic of car-selling strategies: discounts. Customers have heard about the good deals and don’t want to lose out…

Final MERS patient dies 8 weeks after his discharge

Korea’s last Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) patient died on Wednesday, some six months after contracting the disease…

U.S. denies exports of three more technologies for KF-X

Korea’s ill-starred project to develop new fighter jets with indigenous technology by 2025 faced more setbacks as it struggled…

Exports might rise only 2.1% next year: report

Exports might improve slightly next year, helping the overall economy grow, but China will be a big risk for Korean industries…

Osaka expo aims to revitalize trade

OSAKA, Japan - A government-backed expo featuring made-in-Korea goods from over 100 Korean companies and more than 1,000 Japanese buyers…

Korea Exim Bank sees fiscal soundness falling

The Export-Import Bank of Korea, a major state-run financial institution, is showing deterioration in its fiscal soundness…


MaeilKyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (

Korea’s SK active in investment in new businesses for future growth

SK Group with its chairman Chey Tae-won back at the helm after he was released from prison in August is making notably aggressive ...

Buy consumer stocks next year: Expert

J.P. Morgan expects that the Korean stock market will perform relatively better than other emerging markets next year, and stocks not ...

Korean companies’ sales drop last year due to depressed manufacturing sector

Sales of non-financial Korean companies totaled 2231 trillion won ($1.95 trillion) last year, down 1.2 percent or 26 trillion won ...

Korea’s LG Chem in a deal to provide 50-MWh energy storage for local wind farm

Korea’s leading battery maker, LG Chem, said Tuesday that it has signed a deal to build 50-megawatt-per-hour energy storage system ...

Korea expects to save $5.4 billion in duties through FTA with China

South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Choi Kyung-hwan urged National Assembly to hasten approval ...

Korea Devt Bk puts off sales of KDB Capital due to lack of bidders

State-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) has put off plan to sell its capital unit due to lack of buyers. It decided to call off the ...


The KyunghyangShinmoon(

Lawmakers from Five Countries Including Korea and the U.S. Start a Group for Victims of Sexual Slavery

Lawmakers from five nations, South Korea, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have gathered to form a group for victims of sexual slavery and ···

[Editorial] Is President Park Accusing Citizens of Being Terrorists?

The statement made by President Park Geun-hye in yesterday's cabinet meeting was shocking enough to make the listener doubt his ears. Park defined the demonstr···

?[Editorial] [Former President Kim Young-sam Dies] Kim Moo-sung Is Not Qualified to Be the 'Political Son' of Pro-Democracy Fighter YS

Reportedly, Saenuri Party leader Kim Moo-sung has been paying his respects to former President Kim Young-sam since he died. Kim referred to himself as the "pol···

Special Sewol Committee Questions the 'Adequacy' of Cheong Wa Dae's Response?

On November 23, the Special Committee for the Investigation of the April 16 Sewol Disaster decided to investigate the "adequacy" of Cheong Wa Dae's re···

Former President Kim Young-Sam Dies

Former President Kim Young-sam died at the age of 88 on November 22. The former president died of blood infection and acute heart failure in the Seoul Nation···

More than 2,500 Police Officers Raid the Korea Confederation of Trade Unions for the First Time over the Weekend: Why?

On November 21, the police conducted a search and seizure of twelve offices of eight organizations of the Korea Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Kor···


The Korea Economic Daily(

Balance of Non-collateralized Credit Loans Rises to a Dangerous Level

The balance of "other loans" that excludes that of home mortgage loans has surpassed the 300-trillion-won level for the first time in history. According to industry experts, other loans are mostly taken out by those unable to provide their homes as collateral and thus may become the weakest link whe...

Securities Firms Suffer 37.8% Decline in Net Profit in 3Q 

Korea’s securities firms suffered a decline in net profit in the third quarter of this year. According to the Financial Supervisory Service on November 25, the nation’s securities firms achieved a combined net profit of 747.2 billion won for the third quarter of this year, down 37.8 percent from a...

Samsung Electronics to Supply Automotive Semiconductors to Audi

Samsung Electronics is set to supply semiconductors to German car maker Audi. The two parties will also work together to develop semiconductors for use in vehicles. Samsung announced on November 24 that Kim Ki-nam, head of its semiconductor business, reached an agreement during his participation in ...


Hanjin Heavy’s Subic Yard Builds 100th Ship in 6 Years

Two ultra-large docks at Subic Shipyard, a Philippines-based subsidiary of Hanjin Heavy Industries, are busy in assembling large ships on November 24. At the world’s largest Dock No. 6, two 110-meter-long goliath cranes each with the capability of lifting 1,200-ton blocks are installed. Two contain...

Green Cross Applies for FDA Approval for Its Blood Derivative Product

Green Cross, Korea's major biopharmaceutical company, said on November 24 that it has applied for an approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its plasma derivative product IV (intravenous) immune globulin-SN. Plasma derivatives are products manufactured from human plasma by plasma fra...


AJU Business Daily(

Park warns terrorists may join street rallies to launch attacks

[Courtesy of Cheongwadae(the Korean presidential residence)] President Park Geun-hye has warned terrorists may take advantage of anti-government street rallies to carry out attacks in South Kor…

Two pilots killed in Apache crash in Korea

Crash site of U.S Army Apache helicopter [Courtesy of Gangwon-do Fire Department] Two pilots were killed in a U.S. Army Apache helicopter crash in South Korea, Monday. Officials said. The …

Ban discussing dates for North Korea Visit

Ban Ki-moon is in discussion with North Korea to decide the visiting dates. [AJU NEWS DB] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was discussing with North Korea the dates for his vi…

Imported beer regulation not decided yet

[AJU NEWS DB] There were rumors that the government will start regulating the prices of imported beers recently, which brought consumer’s angry reactions. The government explained that whethe…

FNC Entertainment gets $290 million investment from Chinese group

Members of FNC Entertainment [Courtesy of FNC Entertainment] FNC Entertainment, a Korean management company is to be invested U.S$ 290 million from a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Suning U…



Samsung Proposes to Change Standards for Measuring Resolution

LG Electronics and LG Display formed a team that is exclusively made to respond to a battle with Samsung that was created due to 4K UHD TV technology with RGBW sub...

Samsung Electronics Supplies Semiconductors for Vehicles to Audi

Samsung Electronics is joining hands with Audi and is supplying semiconductors for Audi vehicles. According To Samsung on the 24th, Samsung Electronics attended ¡&r...

Hyundai and Kia Develop Wearable Robot that Can Help People Who Ar...

Hyundai and Kia succeeded in developing a prototype of wearable robot that can assist people in walking and their goals are to commercialize it in 2020. Hyundai and Ki...

Samsung Electronics Spends $1.74 Billion in 3rd Quarter to Purchase LCD Panels

Samsung Electronics¡? Video Display (VD) Business Department is planning to take aggressive approach in expanding production of TVs as it faces peak season and New Year. Following its biggest purchase of LCD panels in 3rd quarter, it also increased production¡?s rate of operation to its highest ever. This is Samsung Electronics¡? gr...


Special Notices:

Photo shows President Soon-Heung Chang of Handong Global University (fifth from left, front row) with ambassadors and other visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC), including Ambassador MmeNatallia Zhylevich of Belraus (dean of the visiting members of the SDC), fourth from left the same row With Ambassador and Mrs. SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d’ Ivoire (third and second from left, front row).

And Ambassador Roballo of Argentina (sixth from left, same row) and Ambassadors Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya (on the right of the rear row).


“Why not try to change the world?”

Ambassadors, senior diplomats visit Handong Global University in Pohang

Ambassadors NatalliaZhylevich of Belarus, Kouassi Bile of Cote d’Ivoire, Jorge Roballo of Argentina and Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya and 20 other senior diplomats, including the charges d’affaires, visited Handong Global University in Pohang City on the Southeast Coast of Korea on Nov. 12, 2015 at the invitation of President Soon-Heung Chang of the University.

The tour, organized by The Korea Post, included also a visit to POSCO and a cruise ride around the harbor of the Pohang City.

The Korea Post has been organizing tours for the ambassadors and other senior members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps for the past 30 years, but it must be said that the one hosted by Handong Global University is one of the most impressive in terms of the interest on the part of the host who met the guests with a true heart and warm welcome.

President Soon-Heung Chang of the University made such an excellent arrangement out of respect and special regard for the distinguished international guests by asking his Vice President Simon Kang(Administrative Affairs) and Professor JinwonAhn (School of Management and Economics) to come all the way from Pohang to Seoul to welcome and escort the ambassadors and other senior diplomats to comfortably visit his University.
The tour of the Handong Global University was a truly memorable one where many outstanding features of the University continuously surprised the visiting ambassadors and the other senior diplomats. For further details, visit: /news/view.html?section=161&category=181&no=1119.


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