The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Dec. 9, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 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:


US Imposes Sanctions on North's Strategic Rocket Force

The United States has imposed sanctions against more North Korean entities and individuals for weapons...

Police to Enter Jogye Temple to Arrest Labor Union Leader

Samsung Lions Slugger Lee Seung-yuop Wins Tenth Golden Glove

NPAD Slams Park for Pressing Passage of Bills

S. Korea Fires Warning Shots at Chinese Ship Violating NLL

S. Korea Criticizes Japanese Historians for Denying History

S. Korea to Issue Yuan-Denominated Currency Stabilization Bonds

Depository Institutions' Household Loans Posted Sharpest Growth in Oct.

Plunging Oil Prices Pull KOSPI South

'North's Denuclearization Must Become Topic of Inter-Korean Dialogue'

Koreas Agree on S. Korean Priests' Visit to N. Korea on Catholic Events

Drinking Water Produced at Mt. Baekdu Arrives at Busan Port

US Imposes Sanctions on North's Strategic Rocket Force

N. Korean Defectors' Group Holds Human Rights Photo Exhibition in Brussels

S. Korea Elected Vice Chair of UNESCO Cultural Heritage Body


Yonhap (

Japan agrees to more than triple S. Korean laver import quota

Japan has agreed to raise its quota for South Korean laver imports by more than twofold over the next 10 years that will create new demand for local producers, the government said Wednesday.

S. Korea's major shipyards seen to miss order targets

South Korea's major shipbuilders are widely expected to miss this year's order targets as a global economic slump and lower oil prices sharply reduce shipbuilding demand, industry sources said Wednesday.

Park renews calls for passage of anti-terrorism bill

President Park Geun-hye reiterated her calls Tuesday for parliamentary approval of an anti-terrorism bill as South Korea has deported three Indonesians for following a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida.

Police give ultimatum to KCTU leader to turn himself in

The national police chief on Tuesday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the head of an umbrella labor union taking refuge at a major temple in downtown Seoul to voluntarily turn himself in.


The Korea Herald (

Korea expels 3 Indonesians for supporting al-Qaida

Three Indonesian migrants who were illegally residing in Korea have been deported on suspicion of supporting an internat...

Opposition leader Moon shoots down demands to step down

Main opposition party leader Rep. Moon Jae-in Tuesday rejected demands by dissenting party memb...

Sliding oil prices weigh on Korea

Economic policymakers in the government said early this year sliding oil prices would be a bles...

Korean Navy fires warning shots to Chinese ship in West Sea

The South Korean Navy said Tuesday that it has fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel intrud...

Big Choi’ maps way back to ruling party

Ahead of the general elections slated for next April, the government and the ruling party are intent on s...

Bad tradition

President Park Geun-hye is set to reshuffle the Cabinet soon, with at least five ministerial...

Worst report card

It is already well-known that the National Assembly is one of the least trusted public insti...

China has used nationalism for domestic purposes’

This is the ninth installment in a series of interviews with scholars and experts on China as a...

Exhibition reflects the ‘messiness’ of thinking

The day before the opening of South African artist William Kentridge’s solo exhibition “Perip...


The Korea Times (

Park steps up attack over labor reform

President Park Geun-hye slammed the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), Tuesday, for its “lack of cooperation” in reforming the labor sector, saying it should join efforts to pass pending labor bills this...

Korea bolsters UN presence 

Seoul is bolstering its presence at the United Nations with Koreans being named to head agencies t...

Bacteria suspected cause of group infection at Konkuk Univ. 

A strain of bacteria was cited Tuesday as the cause for the mystery disease with pneumonia-like symptoms that struck Konkuk University in Seoul in October.

Dispute centers around rule on non-regular workers 

Cheong Wa Dae and the business community are demanding passage of pending labor reform bills in parliament, stressing that a more flexible labor market is ess...

Hepatitis C patients seek class action against clinic 

Patients who were infected with hepatitis C at Dana Hyeondae Clinic in Seoul plan to file a class action suit against the hospital due to the high treatment c... 

Opposition leader courts UN chief 

New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) Chairman Rep. Moon Jae-in expressed hopes, Tuesday, tha...

Korea incapable of producing components for KF-X 

Korea has succeeded in localizing only 40 percent of components for airplanes, according to the state-run arms procurement agency, Tuesday.

Economic inequality grows in Korea 

The gap between Korea's rich and poor is widening, a recent report shows. According to the Korea I... 


DongAIlbo (

ISIL prepares for Asia attack on Christmas

China may be the next target for the Islamic State, or ISIL, which has made a ferocious attack on Paris. The ISIL made songs in Chinese language and spread them online. Foreign media have already reported that the ISIL... 

Figure skater Cha Joon-hwan emerges as ‘Male Kim Yu-na’

Since the emergence of "Figure Queen" Kim Yu-na (25), Korean figure skating made astonishing strides. The number of skaters has increased, and some skaters have acquired medals at international competitions. However,...

Korean traditional food to be sold at top French department store

Hyundai Department Store will take Korea’s traditional food brand “Myeoninmyeongchon” to Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France, during the first half of next year. “Contract terms have been agreed upon between the two...

Lee Bo-mee achieves the best season in Japanese LPGA

Lee Bo-mee (27) has achieved the best results this year as she has secured seven wins in the Japanese LPGA Tour with the most prize money. Her achievement is attributable to her caddie Shigenori Shimizu (41) as well. ...

Opera: `Hansel and Gretel`

I recently watched Engelbert Humperdinck`s opera "Hansel and Gretel" at a TV program, which was performed by Vienna State Opera. Since it is a family opera frequently performed in year-end holiday season, "Hansel and...

Obama vows to defeat IS, but rules out sending ground troops

U.S. President Barack Obama has officially called the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California an "act of terrorism" and vowed the U.S. will track the Islamic State group to the end and destroy it. In his address...

Talks over constituencies falter with 8 days before candidate registration 

Paris attacks network is said to have U.K. links


ChosunIlbo (

Pets Become Fashionable in Pyongyang

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Pyongyang residents who own dogs over the last three to four years, a source said Sunday. Pets are still a rarity in the isolated country, where animals including dogs are mostly for eating. >> Full Text

Bombing Suspect Admits Visiting Yasukuni Shrine

A 27-year-old Korean who is the prime suspect in a bombing at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Nov. 23 on Tuesday admitted visiting the shrine. But the man, speaking by telephone to a Japanese TV crew, denied responsibility for the bombing. >> Full Text

Smartphone Boom Times Coming to an End

The global smartphone market is approaching saturation. U.S. market researcher IDC forecast this year's global market at 1.43 billion handsets, up 9.8 percent compared to 2014 and the first time since the emergence of smartphones that market growth has fallen to the single-digit level. >> Full Text

N. Korean Top Brass Tremble in Their Boots

S. Korean Priests to Hold Mass in Pyongyang


HankyorehShinmoon (

With sedition charge, police “trying to swat a fly with a cannon”

Legal experts argue that charge related to Nov. 14 gathering is overblown and intended to intimidate protestors

The South Korean police are threatening to charge the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) with sedition - a crime that has lain dormant for almost 30 years - for its role in organizing a large rally in Seoul on Nov. 14. This is an anachronistic attempt to play up security concerns by conflating demonstrations and protests with riots, said legal experts and academics interviewed on Dec. 7.

On housework, S. Korean men believe in “fairness”…but don’t act that way

South Korean men believe husbands and wives should share housework fairly, but tend to actually leave most of it to their wives, recent numbers show. The men were also found to have the fewest hours spent on household duties of any country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). .

Debate swirling over whether to preserve Sewol victims’ classrooms

As debate continues about whether to preserve the former classrooms of the students at Danwon High School who perished in the sinking of the Sewol Ferry, a proposal is being considered to move a container onto the school grounds to house the principal’s office, the administrative office, and the teachers’ room. The proposal was made because there are not enough classrooms to hold the 300 new students likely to join the school next year. .

China’s UnionPay growing its presence in South Korea

The state-run Chinese credit card company UnionPay is rapidly expanding into South Korea and other global markets. The card has been undergoing a major boom in recent years thanks to the enormous purchasing power of Chinese tourists. With major interest these days in mobile transaction services, UnionPay has recently been combining its QuickPass -


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

NPAD’s Moon rejects Ahn demand

The internal power struggle in the main opposition party intensified on Tuesday as Chairman Moon Jae-in flatly turned down a rival’s demand to hold a new leadership election. The leadership of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) faces a grave challenge by political rivals including Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo…

Plummeting oil prices are plague for today’s Korea

As international oil prices fell below $40 per barrel, concerns are rising in several industrial sectors, including construction…

Samsung Pay now works in subways and on buses

Starting yesterday, subscribers to the Samsung Pay mobile payment system were able to board a bus or take the subway by simply placing their smartphones on card readers.…

Government will spend big on eco-friendly cars

The government unveiled plans to spend 150 billion won ($127 million) over the next five years to further develop hydrogen-powered vehicles…

Kotra helps open doors to the world

Jin Heung Brake is a small auto parts maker in Pocheon, Gyeonggi, which had annual sales of about $300,000 this year exporting car brakes…


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

S. Korea accelerating steps to advance 5G commercial service to sustain

South Korea and Japan are locked in fierce competition to usher in the next-phase 5G wireless networks that will not only allow ...

KDB to sell off its 26.75 shares in S. Korea’s aircraft manufacturer

The state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) has decided to independently sell off its shares of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), ...

One in 10 S. Koreans subscribe to budget phone service

South Korea’s budget phone industry will achieve a new milestone this month with its subscribers making up 10 percent of total ...

Combined wealth of S. Korea’s five billionaires exceeds N. Korea’s GDP

The combined wealth of five richest people in South Korea is colossal enough to eclipse North Korea’s entire economy, latest data ...

Korean traders in their worst performance in six years

This year’s annual celebration of Korean trade was decidedly gloomy amid growing concerns that the heyday of Korean exporters could ...

LG Chem. ranks top in global EV battery market, Samsung SDI in 3rd

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. and Samsung SDI Co. have made their names on the top of a list that assesses world’s best lithium-ion ...


The KyunghyangShinmoon(

Young People Having a Hard Time Finding Employment, "I Am a Homo Internus."

"Munsong, homo internus, director intern, outback, surrogate mother for college admissions..." These are newly coined words one probably wouldn't know unless···

[Reporter's Notes] Recklessly Demanding a "Defense" Against Criticism by the Foreign Press: Crashing Diplomatic Class

On December 6 (local time), an official from the South Korean Consulate in New York said that they had asked The New York Times and a U.S. weekly, The Nation, w···

One out of Every Four Men Who Turn 25 This Year Will Still Be Single at 45

One out of every four men who were the age of twenty in 2010 and one out of every five women of the same age are expected to remain single until they are 45 yea···

Barricade of Buses Disappear Opening the Road for a Peaceful March / Baek Cheol, Kim Sang-beom

On December 5, "The Second People's Rally" ended peacefully as a result of the organizers' effort for a peaceful demonstration, the police's response that ···

After 22 Days of Absence, DPRK’s Hwang Pyong-so Is Still Strong

There were rumors that something must have happened to North Korean official Hwang Pyong-so (66, photo), director of the Korean People’s Army General Political···

Court Says “The Police Must Not Prejudge Violence and Damage,” Preventing Abuse of Public Authority

The court decided that the Second General Rally of the People should be allowed because the police’s notice to ban the massive rally was against the Constituti···


The Korea Economic Daily(

Gov't to Foster Eco-friendly Sector by Encouraging Purchase

The government will foster the eco-friendly vehicle industry by encouraging the private sector to purchase up to 1 million units by 2020. This measure is expected to give an added boost to companies like Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. The government held a Cabinet meeting on December 8 at Cheongwadae...

LG Chem Leads Global Electric Car Battery Market

LG Chem and Samsung SDI are leading the global electric car battery market. LG Chem maintained its No. 1 spot, while Samsung SDI moved up by two notches from No. 5 to No. 3. Global market research firm Navigant Research recently carried out a comparative study on the world’s eight major car lithium...

Gwangyang Port to Be Nurtured as NE Asia's Main Auto Transshipment Hub

The Port of Gwangyang in South Jeolla Province will transform itself into a transhipment hub for Northeast Asia's automobile carriers. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said on December 8 in a Cabinet meeting that it would invest up to 25.5 trillion won by 2025 to bring up the annual output produ...

Doosan Heavy Signs $200 Mil. Power Plant Contract in Botswana

Doosan Heavy Industries has successfully moved into the Southern African power generation market. The company said on December 8 that it signed an agreement with the state-run Botswana Power Corp. to improve the efficiency of the "Morupule A" thermal power plant at the cost of US$203 million. The Mo...

[Market Insight] Taiwan's Fubon to Acquire 20% of Hyundai Capital Equity Stake

Hyundai Motor Group and Fubon Group of Taiwan will jointly take over the 43-percent stake in Hyundai Capital hitherto held by America's GE Capital. Fubon, Taiwan's largest financial group, recently became the second-largest shareholder of Hyundai Life, a life insurance company under Hyundai Motor Gr...


AJU Business Daily(

South Korea to lead U.N. Human Rights Council

United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva last July [Courtesy of United Nations] ? South Korea was chosen to lead the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council next year. The Foreign…

South Korean government to issue 3 billion yuan bonds in China

China’s central bank said on Tuesday the South Korean government will issue 3 billion yuan worth of bonds in China's domestic interbank market. In a statement carried in its website, the People's Bank of China said the agreement was reache…

Samsung Engineering shares rise on backing from Group heir Jay Y. Lee

Shares of South Korea’s Samsung Engineering rose sharply on Tuesday after the heir apparent of Samsung Group Jay Y. Lee pledged to save the eng…

Korean men do least housework among OECD countries

According to a study result by Korean National Statistical Office, released on Monday, Korean male does 45 minutes of housework daily. The hours were t…

S. Korea military to develop stealth UAV

South Korean Military plans to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a form of counter attack to North Korea’s



George Soros Invests $10 Million into South Korean Energy Solution B...

George Soros, who is a big name in global investment industry, invested $10 million into South Korean energy business¡?s new technology. It is a solution busi...

Hancom Inc. Buys ITEXT and Prepares Bridgehead to Enter Foreign Mar...

Hancom Inc. prepared a bridgehead to enter the U.S. market and European market by buying global PDF solution business which helps Hancom Inc. secure global business net...

Hyundai Has Problems with Water Leakage Again on Santa Fe and Games

A person with a last name Park, who purchased Santa Fe The Prime on the 5th of November, discovered that water was leaking in his trunk. Floor of trunk was soaked...

Samsung Electronics Applies Samsung Pay and OIS to Its Mid-Priced Phones

Samsung Electronics will apply OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) function to its inexpensive Smartphones and will also increase number of inexpensive models with Samsung Pay. It will introduce technologies and servies that it has been applying to expensive Smartphones to its mid-priced phones, and this can increase sales for major parts industries. According to in...


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 Mme 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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