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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Your Excellency:

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

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

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Humor from one of Your Excellencys colleagues:

This nice piece of humor is from one of Your Excellency's former colleagues in a Central Asian country:

CONFESSION...

Jack goes to his friend Mike and says, "I'm sleeping with the priest's wife. Can you hold him in church for an hour after mass for me?"

The friend doesn't like it but being a friend, he agrees.

After mass, he starts talking to the priest, asking him all sorts of stupid questions, just to keep him occupied.

Finally the priest gets annoyed, and asks Mike what he's really up to.

Mike, feeling guilty, finally confesses to the priest...

"My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied."

The priest smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Mike's shoulder and says, "You better hurry home now. My wife died a year ago."

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

UN Security Council Vows Tougher Sanctions on N. Korea

Anchor: The UN Security Council vowed fresh sanctions against North Korea for its fourth nuclear test on Wednesday. UN...

White House: Obama to Call Park, Abe to Discuss Joint Response to N. Korean Nuke Test

KOSPI Holds Ground Despite Pyongyang Uncertainties

UN Security Council Vows Tougher Sanctions on N. Korea

Park Pledges to Make N. Korea Pay for 4th Nuke test

NIS Doubts Pyongyang's Latest H-Bomb Claim

BOK: Potential Growth Rate Fell to 3.0~3.2%

Hyundai Motor Group Posts Record High Sales in US

S. Korea's Unification Ministry Activates Emergency Team

Unification Ministry Operates Emergency Team

3 Famous Snowboarders to Travel to N. Korea

'Quake Waveforms of N. Korea's H-Bomb Test, 2013 Test Almost Identical'

China Expresses Strong Opposition to N. Korea's Nuke Test

S. Korea Launches Center to Monitor Infectious Diseases

Weekly Protest on Japan's Wartime Sexual Slavery Marks 24th Anniversary

Three Teenage Boys Killed in Car Accident

Vienna Boys' Choir to Hold Auditions in S. Korea This Month

Seoul Phil Selects German Conductor for Saturday Concert

Bishops' Group Voices Opposition to Sex Slavery Agreement

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

N.K.'s latest nuclear test could give rise to calls for tactical nuclear weapons in S. Korea

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's surprise nuclear test could give rise to calls for redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea and pave the way for discussions on the possibility of fielding a THAAD missile defense unit to the South, sources said Wednesday.

Republicans lambast Obama's policy on N. Korea after Pyongyang's H-bomb claims

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- Republican members of Congress lambasted U.S. President Barack Obama's policy on North Korea as a "failure" after the communist nation stunned the world with claims that it has successfully conducted its first H-bomb test.

White House doubts N. Korea's claims of successful H-bomb test

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- The White House expressed doubts Wednesday about North Korea's claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test, saying the "initial analysis is not consistent" with Pyongyang's claims.

Yun, Kerry condemn N. Korea's nuclear test as unacceptable challenge to international community

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that the North's fourth nuclear test is an unacceptable challenge to the international community, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Samsung head to mark 75th birthday at hospital

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- Lee Kun-hee, the de facto head of South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung Group, is set to celebrate his 75th birthday at a local hospital with his family later this week, sources said Thursday.

Home-backed bank loans rise at fast clip in 2015

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- Home-backed loans from major local banks increased at the fastest clip in five years in 2015 amid a surge in home transactions and home rental fees, market data showed Thursday.

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

North Korea's H-bomb test claim in doubt

North Korea successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test Wednesday, the Norths official broadcaster claimed, saying it ...

N.K. nuke program progresses

Pyongyangs fourth nuclear test on Wednesday will further upgrade its nuclear weapons technolo...

Critics slam bungled N. Korea policy

The failure by Seoul and Washington to curb the growth of Pyongyangs nuclear weapons program ...

BOK sees fall in Korea's growth potential

President Park Geun-hye said she feels worried whenever she thinks of what our country will f...

Hanwha Techwin cancels KAI takeover

S. Korean nat'l bobsleigh team coach Mal...

Filipinos raped by Japanese WWII troops ...

Turkey seizes over 1,200 unsafe life jac...

S. Korea in diplomatic consultations ove...

Anticipated art shows to excite in 2016

Korea logs $1b trade surplus in cosmetic...

What makes hydrogen bombs more destructi...

Smart fridge key to Samsungs IoT push

Comfort women rally marks 24 years

LG sets its eyes on ultra-premium el...

Braille smartwatch start-up catches glob...

Samsung C&T boasts wearable tech

Huawei Y6 set to ignite budget smartphon...

N.K. test catches Seoul off guard

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

N. Korea claims successful H-bomb test

North Korea announced Wednesday that it conducted a successful hydrogen bomb test, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. However, the South Korean military raised doubts over the Norths claims, saying that the explo...

Korea, US beef up defense readiness

Was it really hydrogen bomb test?

Citizens condemn North Korea's bomb test 

Nuclear test to have limited effect on economy 

Foreign diplomats keep close eye on Pyongyang 

Chronology of nuclear tests

President Park vows stern response to provocation

President Park Geun-hye said Wednesday that South Korea will cooperate with the international community to ensure that North Korea will pay the price, after Pyongyang claimed to have conducted a hydrogen bomb test in violation o...

China 'strongly opposes NK nuclear test' 

The Chinese government expressed "strong opposition" to North Korea's hydrogen-bomb test, Wednesday.It said "Pyongyang did not give prior notifications of the... 

Rally for ex-sex slaves marks 24th anniversary 

The weekly rally by survivors of sexual slavery during World War II and their supporters marked it...

Row over childcare program plagues parents 

The growing conflict between the central government and regional educational offices over the free preschool program, called Nuri Curriculum, is causing anxie... 

GM, Ford pressed to cut prices on zero tariff 

Consumers are calling on GM, Ford and other automakers that import cars from the United States to ... 

Will Xiaomi becomes real threat? 

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is set to change the Korean telecommunications market partl...

Korean drugmakers have prescription for global expansion 

Korean drugmakers and bio companies, buoyed by Hanmi Pharmaceuticals strong performance last year, are seeking overseas markets, industry sources said Wednes... 

Creative economy centers face sustainability issue 

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has been questioned about the sustainability, eff...

Rare ad in N. Korean newspaper draws interest 

An advertisement recently appeared in Pyongyang Shinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers Partys chapter in the capital city, raising the question of whether t... 

'Focus more on basic research' 

Dr. Thomas Hesse, the deputy secretary general of Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, has...

China overwhelms Korea in export items' global market share 

Armed with low prices and improving quality, the number of Chinas exports that have the largest shares in global markets has continued to increase sharply, a...

Japanese oufits dominate small-loan finance business

Japanese finance companies have unduly eroded Koreas non-banking money-lending businesses, such as small-loan financing and savings banks, financial authorit...

Chaebol's attempt to earn easy money raises eyebrows 

Major conglomerates, faced with slumping exports and sluggish domestic sales, are trying to find breakthroughs in up-market retailing by attracting cash-rich ...

DongAIlbo (http://english.donga.com)

Telegraph reports New Jihadi John is a British-Indian Muslim convert

The hunt for the new "Jihadi John," the masked member of the Islam State who spoke British English and killed five hostages, found that the suspect could be a British immigrant named Siddhartha Dhar (32, pictured). The...

Ahn Cheol-soo apologizes to his old friends

It was my fault. I didnt know the sincerity of my people whom I worked together. Im sorry. On his way to creating a new party,Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo is making apologies and asking for help to his old buddies. Ahn...

Gas prices enter 1,300 won level in Korea

Gasoline prices in Korea have dropped close to entering the 1,300 won per liter level for the first time in seven years. If global oil prices continue to fall, gasoline will get further cheaper. According to Korea...

Historic photo shows haughty soldier of Japanese troops occupying Korea

A Japanese soldier who is wearing a long rifle in his shoulder is guarding the main gate in a high-handed manner. A signboard reading "Command of the Military Stationed in Korea" in clear Chinese letters is hanging on a...

Global economy stirred by diplomatic rupture between Saudi Arabia and Iran

The diplomatic rupture between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two most powerful states in the Middle East, is jolting the political landscape in the region. The extreme conflict between the two countries is emerging as the...

K-art poised to lead to Korean Wave in the global market

"An era of Korean arts has arrived following that of Japan and China." "How to spend it," a luxury lifestyle weekly magazine from the British media Financial Times, has released a cover story titled "Korea Driven"...

ChosunIlbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Outsize Baggage Jam Blamed for Incheon Debacle

The baggage-handling debacle at Incheon International Airport on Sunday and Monday was caused by a jam of outsize luggage, the Korea Airports Corporation said Tuesday. Airport...

President Gets a 3.4% Pay Rise

President Park Geun-hye will receive a salary of W212.02 million this year, up 3.4 percent (US$1=W1,190). Overall, the pay of public servants will increase three percent on...

Baggage Handling at Incheon Airport Breaks Down

A breakdown in the baggage handling system during the New Year's rush at Incheon International Airport on Sunday created a misery for passengers until Monday and left many without...

Warm Winter Has Mixed Impacts on Seasonal Festivities

30% of Senior Citizens in Seoul Still Working

Temperatures to Plunge This Week

Persistent Bad Habits Threaten Longevity

First Sunrise of 2016 to Prompt Heavy Traffic

Another Wave of Chinese Smog Chokes Korea

MERS Scare Casts Blight Over Domestic News of 2015

Chung Myung-whun Resigns from Seoul Philharmonic Top Job

Ferry Disaster Korea's Most Mentioned Issue on Social Media

Gov't Tries to Placate Sex Slavery Victims

HankyorehShinmoon (http://english.hani.co.kr)

North Korea to send delegation to World Economic Forum for first time in 18 years

North Koreas foreign minister Ri Su-yong is reportedly planning to attend the yearly meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23. This will be the first t..

[Reportage] 24 hours at the comfort woman statue vigil

Since the announcement of the Dec. 28 agreement between Korea and Japan, which included a call for appropriate resolution of the issue of the statue of a young woman, hundreds of people have been ga..

[Photo] Not cold enough for ice this year

Images of the Yeongdong Ice Climbing Site in Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province on Jan. 4, 2015 (left) and with its stony face showing through on Jan. 5, 2016 (right). Due to continuing warm weath..

[Photo] Taking their vows

Candidates for ordination preach the gospel during the opening of the Masan diocese ordination ceremony for Catholic priests and deacons at the Masan Gymnasium in Changwon, Gyeongnam Province, Jan. 5...

To smother dissent, government cracking down on one-person demonstrations

The government is investigating participants of illegal one-person relay demonstrations, spurring on controversy over the wholesale smothering of rallies. The Seoul Yeongdeungpo Police Department sta..

JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)

Pyongyang claims to test hydrogen bomb

Pyongyang claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb Wednesday morning, and the regimes fourth nuclear test over the past decade is expected to bring about serious repercussion from the international community. According to a report on the state-run Korean Central Television at 12:30 p.m

Kospi is briefly shaken but rapidly recovers

Seouls main bourse tumbled Wednesday morning on reports that North Korea tested an atomic device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb

Kia promises driverless cars by 2030

Kia Motors said Wednesday it will roll out fully driverless cars within the next 15 years. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 being held in Las Vegas

ICT Ministry defends the CCEIs

Choi Yang-hee, the minister of science, ICT and future planning, convened an unscheduled press conference Wednesday morning to refute

Calls rise for govt to fine VW further

Calls for the Korean government to file a lawsuit against Volkswagen are getting louder after news reports that said the U.S. government is seeking compensation

Lotte mulls an IPO for its Malaysian chemical unit

Lotte Chemical, the Korean plastics manufacturer, is exploring an initial public offering of its Malaysian petrochemicals arm that could raise more than $500 million

CJ Group to emphasize M&As

CJ Group will focus on mergers and acquisitions as part of plans for global expansion this year, following a prolonged leadership vacuum

DJs widow said to endorse Ahn

Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo, a political maverick who left the main opposition to start his own political party, has effectively won the endorsement of the widow

North has continuously chased its nuclear goals

North Koreas declaration Wednesday that it had successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb marks the reclusive Communist states fourth nuclear weapons test.

Activists rally nationwide for comfort women

Hundreds of demonstrators countrywide set out to the streets Wednesday to mark the 24th anniversary of the weekly rallies

The KyunghyangShinmoon(http://english.khan.co.kr/)

Different Class from the Start: Why Do the Viewers Have to Make a Cruel Choice?

"Your vote decides the fate of the girls!" This is a sentence from the website describing Produce 101, a talent show for a girl band that selects a final grou

[Correspondent's Column] [Aftermath of the Rushed Comfort Women Negotiations] Director of the Comfort Women Agreement: The United States

Shortly after the "Yun Byung-se-Kishida agreement," an official from the U.S. State Department explained the position of the U.S. government in the form of a

[Aftermath of Rushed Comfort Women Negotiations] Catholic Church Calls for a Renegotiation, 'Comfort Women Agreement Is Invalid'

On January 4, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Korea, the highest decision making organization of the Roman Catholic Church in Korea said that the comfort wom

[Aftermath of the Rushed Comfort Women Negotiations] Ban Ki-moon's Statement in Support of the Agreement Is 'Driving a Nail into the Victims' Hearts'

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (72, photo) has sent ripples through South Korea's political circle since the start of the New Year. A heated

[The Fuming Young] This Life Is Screwed: Four out of Ten Think 'Isaengmang'

"This life is screwed." These days, young people often voice this phrase, one that people dreaming of reincarnation or the afterlife might say. They say isa

[An In-depth Look into China] Why Is the World Afraid? The Rise of the Great Power: Crisis and Opportunity, Double Edges of a Blade

China now accounts for more than 25% of South Korea's exports. The trade volume between South Korea and China is now bigger than South Korea's trade with the

[Aftermath of the Korea-Japan Comfort Women Agreement] Angry Comfort Women Victim, 'I Will Fight Till the End for the 238 Women Who Have Already Passed Away'

"I will fight till the end even for the 238 people who have already passed away." Yi Yong-su, an elderly comfort women victim made this statement at the Wedn

[Aftermath of the Korea-Japan Comfort Women Agreement] Yun Byung-se, Who Oversaw the Negotiations, Now Cornered

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (62, photo), who had received the favor of the incumbent government as the head of foreign affairs since the inaugurati

The Korea Economic Daily ( http://english.hankyung.com/ )

North Korea Conducts 4th Nuclear Test...Tensions Mount in Korean Peninsula

As the North Korea government announced that it has successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb, the tensions in the Korean Peninsula are heightening again. The Korean Central Broadcasting TV said this at 12:30 pm (12 noon in Pyungyang time) on January 6 in a special report.The TV report said, "I...

How Long Will North Korean Risk Last?

Following the detonation of a hydrogen bomb by North Korea, South Korean stock market is nosediving. Analysts assured that the shock would be shortlived as in past nuclear tests. The North Korean government said at 12:30 pm of January 6 in a statement that it successfully conducted its first hydroge...

More Korean-Japanese Business Partnerships Expected in Energy and Petrochem Areas

Between companies in Korea and Japan there have been quiet partnerships even during the difficult years of the bilateral relationship. For example, SK Hynix has worked with Toshiba in the area of next-generation chip-making process and joint development of overseas energy markets between Korean petr...

Banking Stocks Still at 52-week Low

Bank stocks that have hit the bottom early this year are not likely to recover any time soon. Analysts said the recent plunge in banking stocks was largely because of excessive worries over the burden for allowance for bad debts as a result of corporate structural reforms.On the first trading day of...

Securities Industry Downsized 8,000 Employees for Past 4 Years

The total number of people who left their jobs with securities firms has been almost 8,000 for the past four years. This trend is expected to continue for the time being. According to the Korea Financial Investment Association on January 6, the number of employees working in the securities industry ...

AJU Business Daily( http://eng.ajunews.com/korea )

China in strong opposition against NK nuclear test

Hua Chungying, the spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry [AJU NEWS CORP DB] ? The Chinese government had expressed strong opposition against North Koreas nuclear

North Korea conducts H-bomb test, a major setback for regional peace

[AJU NEWS CORP DB] In a surprise announcement, North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a major step forwa

Incheon Airport in mayhem during New Years holidays

[Courtesy of Incheon International Airport Corp.] 169 flights delayed, over 5,200 pieces of passengers luggage clogged up, and some airplanes left without luggage to their destination after

South Korea holds emergency meetings to discuss China market turmoil

[Courtesy of Xinhua News] ? South Korean financial authorities on Tuesday held emergency meetings as Asian stock market were on the ropes for a second straight day on Tuesday to see if Beijing

Violent disciplinary action looms among athletes

Sa Jae-hyuk was indicted with assault charges against a fellow athlete, resulting in hospitalization. [AJU NEWS DB] Reported assault charges by a former weightlifting medalist shocked the nat

Illness caused by drinking, obesity, and smoking costs $19.7 million yearly

[Courtesy of mcwyvern] It is a wide known fact that drinking, obesity, and smoking cause a lot of health problems. It also costs a lot. South Korea used KR 23.3 trillion (U.S$ 19.7 million)

Korea to launch moon exploration project

[Courtesy of Korea Aerospace Research Institute] South Korea plans to launch a lunar exploration project in 2016, the projects final goal ? landing on the moon by 2020. The

ETNEWS( http://english.etnews.com/ )

LG Innotec to Promote Automobile Parts Business to Billion Dollar BusinessJan 07, 2016 Share

LG Innotec is putting all of its capabilities into automobile parts business this year as it set a goal of making $832 million (1 trillion KRW) in sales this year. According to industries on the 6th, President Park Jong-seok of LG Innotec clarified his stance on promotion of automobile parts business. He is drawing attention because its his first voice of opini...

Competition for Leadership in Next-Generation TV Markets Becomes Int... Jan 07, 2016 Share 

Competition between 2nd Generation Quantum-Dot and OLED is becoming more intensified as they are out to take control of next-generation premium TV markets. A new ...

Interpark and KT to Partner Up to Sell Xiaomis Redmi Note 3 Jan 06, 2016 Share 

Interpark and KT made an announcement on the 5th that they will hold a promotion called Xiaomi?s Redmi Note 3 Now with Olleh!? ...

Sumitomo Chemicals Invests $168 Million into Pyeongtaek Jan 06, 2016 Share 

Japan?s Sumitomo Chemicals is investing 20 billion Yen (about 200 billion KRW) into Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi-

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 MmeNatalliaZhylevich 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 dIvoire, Jorge Roballo of Argentina and Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya and 20 other senior diplomats, including the charges daffaires, 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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