The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Dec. 4, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here areThe 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:


Pres. Park, Visegrad Four Agree to Establish Talks Framework

Anchor: President Park Geun-hye held South Korea's first summit with the Visegrad Four nations: the Czech Republic,...

S. Korea, US, Japan Agree to Strongly Deter N. Korean Provocations

New Korean CPR Guidelines Call for Chest Compression without Rescue Breathing

Political Camps Differ on Mass Anti-government Protest Saturday

NPAD Begins Efforts to Change Name

NPAD Accepts AhnCheol-soo's Reform Proposal

KOSPI Drops on Foreign Investors' Offloading

Finance Minister Calls for Reform of Social Insurance System

Government Debt Could Reach 38% to 62% of GDP in 2060

N. Korea Calls for End to Koreas' Confrontation in Political Systems

FAO Designates N. Korea as Food Emergency Country

Defectors' Satisfaction Drastically Falls After 10-years in South

S. Korea, US, Japan Agree to Strongly Deter N. Korean Provocations

US Police Discover Bombs, Ammunition at Home of San Bernardino Shooters

S. Korea, US, Japan Envoys Discuss North's Nuclear Program

Gov't Enshrines S. Korean Soldiers Killed During Korean War

310,000 Senior Citizens Newly Registered as Basic Pension Recipients

Study: Husbands, Wives Share Similar Diseases


Yonhap (

N. Korea's missile unit chief promoted to four-star general

The commander of the North Korean military's strategic missile defense branch has been promoted to a four-star general, possibly thanks to recent progress in the country's missile development, a North Korean documentary showed.

FTA with China to give hope to S. Korean exporters: finance minister

The ratification of a free trade pact with China will give hope to South Korean exporters struggling to expand market presence abroad, the country's top economic policymaker said Friday.

Retired professor faces trial over security law breach

A retired professor is to stand trial for allegedly praising former North Korean leaders in breach of an anti-North Korea law.

Volkswagen sales soar in S. Korea amid emissions scandal

Embattled German automaker Volkswagen's sales in South Korea more than quadrupled in November on the back of large-scale incentives and promotions amid the deepening emissions scandal, industry data showed Friday.


The Korea Herald (

Korea to maintain bar exam until 2021

The government announced Thursday it would hold off on plans to abolish the state-run bar exam until 2021, as controvers...

Korea’s GDP growth fastest in five years in 3Q

South Korea’s economy grew at the fastest rate in five years in the third quarter, boosted by ...

Assembly paves way for clergy taxes

The National Assembly late Wednesday passed legislation that authorizes the government to impos...

More companies turn to make beauty products 

More and more businessmen are rushing to cosmetics businesses, which are considered some of the...

Rousseff fighting for political life

When she was being tortured under Brazil’s military dictatorship, DilmaRousseff could never have imagin...

Reform bills

Under the law governing the operations of the National Assembly, the ruling Saenuri Party ca...

Yuan center

The International Monetary Fund’s decision earlier this week to add the Chinese currency to...

Design fuses with technology for product innovation

Alongside advancements in technology, modern design is expanding in its scope and boundaries wh...

Creative, eye-catching goods available at Seoul Design Market

A silicon lamp resembling traditional Korean pottery, a ceramic pot designed to naturally ampli...


The Korea Times (

Bar exam extension stirs uproar

Thousands of students are threatening to quit law school to protest the government’s decision to delay abolishing the state-administrated bar exam until 2021. According to the Law School Students Association of Korea (LSSAK), Fr...

State debt to GDP ratio expected to surge 

State debt will grow to over 60 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2060 from the current 40 percent, if welfare spending is not properly controlled, t... 

Bread exceeds rice in Emart's sales 

Reflecting rapid changes in Koreans’ dietary pattern, sales of bread have surpassed those of rice ...

Scandal-hit Volkswagen has steep sales increase in Korea 

Volkswagen, the beleaguered German carmaker hit by an emissions scandal, has come under fire for d...

Monthly shipbuilding orders sink to bottom in six years 

Korean shipyards’ order receipts hit their lowest in six years last month, industry sources said.

Korea's renewable energy share lowest in OECD 

Of total primary energy supply, renewable energy’s share is lowest in Korea among the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,...

Large companies' ability to create jobs exaggerated 

Big businesses, including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor, were high on the employment growth index list announced by the Ministry of Employment and Lab...

Korean firms should target China's domestic market 

Like other free trade agreements, Korea’s FTA with China, which takes effect this year, provides challenges and opportunities for domestic businesses.


DongAIlbo (

IS releases a brutal video of beheading Russian hostage

The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) on Wednesday said that IS disclosed footage of beheading a hostage suspected as Russian spy. “It appears that IS has disclosed the video as a retaliatory measure... 

Samsung Electronics unveils Galaxy A in China

On Thursday, Samsung Electronics announced that within December, it will roll out the three models of the 2016 "Galaxy A" (pictured), a low-and mid-priced smartphone, allowing for the use of its mobile payment service...

Noh Young-min resigns from committee chair post due to power abuse scandal

New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) Rep. Noh Young-min (photo) has made an official apology on Wednesday for selling his book of poetry at the National Assembly building. He had a credit card payment device in...

Japan`s foreign minister says resolution of comfort women issue unlikely this year

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says the resolution of the Japanese military`s comfort women issue will be unlikely within the year-end. At an interview with Nikkei reported Wednesday, Kishida spoke about...

Park Byung-ho opts for Big League dream over salary

Baseball is too much of a sport to be a business and too much of a business to be a sport.” (Philip Wrigley) When a Major League team recruits a free agent, the factor that it most highly regards is "ticket power."...

Bartomeu Mari nominated as new director of National Museum of Contemporary Art

The New National Museum of Contemporary Art, which was without a director for over one year, will have Bartomeu Mari (49, photo), former chairman of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art,...

UFC Seoul: Kim Dong-hyun has sweeping victory 

Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam believed to be Syria


ChosunIlbo (

N.Korea Digging New Nuclear Test Tunnel

North Korea is digging a new tunnel at nuclear test site in remote North Hamgyong Province, satellite pictures appear to show. A comparison of imagery from October with pictures from April clearly shows the construction of new buildings and traces of a new tunnel. >> Full Text

Korean Suspected in Bombing at Japanese War Shrine

A Korean suspect was caught on surveillance cameras before an explosion outside a public restroom at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine on Nov. 23, Japanese media reported Thursday. The shrine houses the remains of Japan's war dead. >> Full Text

Remote Islands to Get Their Own Airports

Two remote and stunningly scenic islands are to get their own airports by around 2020. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Thursday it will invite tenders this month for the construction of an airport for small 50-seater aircraft on Ulleung Island in the remote East Sea. >> Full Text


HankyorehShinmoon (

How do you like them “peanuts”?

US presidential hopeful has been spewing some totally unfounded lies about US defense of South Korea

Dear Donald Trump,I’m not especially interested in your status as a one of the top Republican Party contenders for next year’s US presidential election. I haven’t been concerned about all of your bizarre behavior and the outlandish things you say. I don’t have the right to vote in US elections.

Major chaebol wrap up personnel appointments

South Korea’s major chaebol have finished their personnel appointments.LG, Hyundai Heavy Industries, GS, and Kolon made their appointments on Dec. 2, after a previous small-scale presidential board appointment by the Samsung Group on Dec. 1. .

500 civic groups seeking police permission for Dec. 5 peaceful demonstration

The Civil Society Organizations Network in Korea - which represents around 500 organizations including People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement, and Korean Women’s Association United - provided the police with plans to hold a demonstration and a march at Seoul Plaza on Dec. 5. .

First-ever non-Korean appointed head of National Art Museum

For the first time in history, a non-Korean has been put in charge of South Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. On Dec. 2, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that Bartomeu Mari Ribas, 49, a Spanish art director, had been appointed as director of the museum. His term will last for three years.


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

Lawmakers push local investments in ’16 budget bill

The ruling and opposition parties passed a 386.4 trillion won ($331.4 billion) budget for the central government early Thursday morning, once again failing to meet the statutory deadline as their bickering continued overnight. The ruling Saenuri Party and main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy...

Government plans to delay abolishment of bar exam

Korea’s Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday that it will delay abolishment of the state-run bar exam until 2021, a decision that reflects growing worries…

Life expectancy improves to 82 years

Korean babies born last year are expected to live more than 82 years, a report by Statistics Korea showed Thursday. …

Nonprofits caught for tax crimes

Sixty-three nonprofit organizations, including religious groups, were caught issuing false donation receipts that were later used to commit tax fraud. …

Korea strikes Czech Republic deals

The governments and business groups of Korea and the Czech Republic are to cooperate in nuclear power, electric vehicle and other clean energy industries.…


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

Shinsegae Group reshuffle brings out owner family’s daughter to lead

In the year-end executive shakeup, South Korea’s leading retail conglomerate Shinsegae Group on Thursday promoted Chung Yoo-kyung, ...

S. Korea`s National Assembly passes 2016 budget bill

The National Assembly passed the government’s 2016 budget bill during a plenary session Thursday, which calls for increasing the ...

S. Korean e-commerce sites for daily deals rush to lure investment from global

South Korea’s e-commerce sites offering daily deals are rolling up sleeves to attract investment from global investors in a bid to ...

S. Korea’s Q3 GDP grows at fastest rate in more than 5 years

South Korea’s real gross domestic product (real GDP) for the third quarter grew 1.3 percent, the fastest rate in more than five ...

Samsung Group incorporates business head system to bolster productivity

The series of appointments at senior level underscores Samsung Group’s shift in its management style by bestowing greater authority ...

DayouWinia found liable for a fire caused by its kimchi cooler

A local court in Seoul ordered DayouWinia, the maker of the first commercial refrigerator specially designed to ferment and preserve ...


The KyunghyangShinmoon(

Renewable Energy Accounts for Only 1.1% in South Korea: The Lowest among OECD Countries

South Korea had the lowest proportion of renewable energy in its total energy supply among the thirty-four member countries of the Organization for Economic Coo···

The Kindergarten Lottery: A Battle for Childcare

At 2:30 p.m. on December 2, public kindergartens in Seoul all selected its students by lots. I arrived thirty minutes early, but the audio-video room of ···

[Kim Sang-jo's Comments on the Economy] Entrepreneurship after 'Have You Tried It?'

Last week, there were celebrations throughout all Hyundai affiliates in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the birth of the late Honorary Chairman C···

Direct Trading of Won and RMB Starting Next Year: No Need to Exchange to Dollars

Starting next January when people buy and sell the Chinese yuan in South Korea, a direct trading exchange rate, determined in a won-yuan direct trading market, ···

[Editorial] Ratification of the South Korea-China FTA, Was It Reviewed Thoroughly?

The National Assembly ratified the South Korea-China free trade agreement (FTA). Lawmakers passed the agreement after a year since the leaders of the two countr···


The Korea Economic Daily(

3Q Economic Growth Rate Hits 1.3%...Highest in 63 Months

The third-quarter economic growth rate rose 1.3 percent from the previous quarter, the highest level in five years and three months, largely thanks to a large gain in construction and consumption. But exports lagged behind. According to data "3Q 2015 National Income (Preliminary)" published by the B...

China in Hunt for Korea’s Semiconductor Talents

China’s chip makers are in hunt for highly trained semiconductor designers and engineers from their Korean rivals. Some of the Chinese companies offer attractive benefits, saying that they guarantee three-to-nine times higher salaries than those paid in Korea for up to five years. According to indu...

Korea's First Samsung-developed Biosimilar Drug "Brenzys" Launched in Korea

The first biosimilar called "Brenzys" developed by Samsung has been out in the Korean market. MSD Korea Ltd. said on December 3 that it launched the drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis on behalf of Samsung Bioepis, the first in the world. MSD Korea is in charge of marketing the biosimilar drug for Sa...

Korea Will Join Hands with Czech in Energy and IT Areas”…Prez. Park

Korean President Park Geun-hye, who is on her state visit to the Czech Republic, said on December 2, “The project that should be given top priority in Korea-Czech economic relations is strengthening of bilateral cooperation with respect to the Czech Republic’s nuclear expansion policy.” In her in...


AJU Business Daily(

President Park May Name New Finance Minister Next Week

Speculation is heating up who will be South Korea’s new finance minister. South Korea’s leading newspapers reported on Friday President Park Geun-hye is expected t…

South Korea Property Market Bubble May Bust Soon

South Korea’s housing market enjoyed some brief respite this year, largely thanks to record-low interest rates, but an oversupply of new homes and tighte…

Korean men more likely to die of cancer than women

Korean men’s life expectancy has closed its gap with the women’s over the years but still, they are more prone to cancer compared to women. The Korean National Statistical Offic…

Only 5.4% of people on ‘parental leave’ are male in Korea

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) database indicates that Korean fathers get the longest parental leave which is 52.6 weeks. But …

South Korea’s Q3 Growth Adjusted to 1.3 Pct, highest Since 2010.

[AJU NEWS DB] South Korea's economy fared better than initially thought in the third quarter, revised Bank of Korea data showed on Thursday. The central bank said the economy grew a se…

Importers smile on coffee war in South Korea

South Korea's coffee imports are set to hit a new record in 2015, helped by growing demand from consumers, despite a prolonged economic slump which has withered overall priv…

Photos show new tunnel at North Korea's test site

[AJU NEWS DB] ? Recent satellite imagery shows North Korea is excavating a new tunnel at its nuclear test site, but there are no signs of an imminent test, a US research



Google Uses South Korea’s Charging Technology for Development of Self-D...

It is confirmed that South Korean medium to small-sized business¡?s charging infrastructure for electric car is being used for Google¡?s project of de...

SK Telecom and Intel Join Hands to Increase Speed of 5G during Vir...

SK Telecom and Intel are joining hands to secure Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies that are important for 5G. ...

South Korea Develops World’s First ‘Color 3D Hologram’

ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute) made an announcement on the 2nd that it has developed a technology that implements 3D hologram image in re...

Problem with Burn in (Afterimage) Phenomena Will Be Solved Due to OLED Monitors

LG Display¡?s OLED panel will surpass TV and Smartphone and enter monitor markets because it was able to solve OLED panel¡?s chronic problem regarding deterioration of pixel (Burn in). Monitor that has OLED panel will appear at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) that will be held in January of 2016 and will increase possibility of expansion o...


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 AmbassadorMme Natallia 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:



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