The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Jan. 25, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, Jan. 25, 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


Korea Post Media

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S. Korea: 5-Party Talks is Within 6-Party Talks' Basic Framework

South Korea has asserted its proposal to hold five-party talks over the North Korean nuclear issue does not go against the basic framework of the stalled six-party talks.

S. Korea: 5-Party Talks is Within 6-Party Talks' Basic Framework

Independent Lawmaker Chun Partners with Former Minister Chung Dong-young

US to Deploy Key Assets to Korean Peninsula

Think Tank: S. Korea's Potential Growth Rate Could Fall Below 3%

KCTU Vows to Proceed with Nationwide Protest

S. Korea, Serbia Sign Agreement to Prevent Double Taxation

N. Korea Arrests US Student for 'Hostile Act'

Gov't Denounces N. Korea's Proposal for Private Exchanges

Leaflet Senders Ask President Not to Stop Their Activities

S. Koreans Allowed to Use UK's Registered Traveller Service

China Objects to Halting Oil Exports to N. Korea

'American Student Detained at Pyongyang Airport over Hotel Incident'

Gov't Vows to Clamp Down on KCTU Strike

Prosecutors to Conduct On-Site Examination in Child Abuse Cases Leading to Death

Gov't Finalizes Labor Guidelines on Firing Underperforming Workers


Yonhap (

Cable networks top terrestrial in ad prices

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- Advertising on cable TV has become pricier than doing so on terrestrial networks for the first time, industry sources said Monday.

S. Korea to clash with Qatar in search for Olympic football berth

DOHA, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will try to put their defensive headaches behind them as they take on Qatar on Tuesday in search for a berth in the Olympic men's football tournament.

Samsung SDI to split chemical unit for Lotte merger

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- Samsung SDI Co., the battery and chemical arm of South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung Group, decided Monday to spin off the chemical business in the runup to its handover to Lotte Group.

Korean chicken soup exports to U.S. jump in 2015

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- Korean traditional ginseng chicken soup has made an aggressive foray into the United States since its first shipment in late 2014, boosting stagnant overseas sales from a slump in Japan, data showed Monday.

Koreans can purchase quick immigration services at British..

YG Entertainment invests in Korean remake of 'Scarlet Hear..

Kerry to press China to use more leverage on N. Korea: sen..

Carter says he thinks about Korean Peninsula 'every single..

(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on Jan. 25)

The Korea Interbank Offered Rates (KORIBOR)

S. Korea's 2015 ICT exports slip 1.9 pct on weak global de..

(LEAD) Samsung SDI to split chemical unit for Lotte merger..

Koreans can purchase quick immigration services at British..

Stock market turnover ratio hits 3-year high in 2015

Hall of Famer, PGA Tour veteran to coach S. Korea at Olymp..

Doosan Bears sign ex-big leaguer Nick Evans

YG Entertainment invests in Korean remake of 'Scarlet Hear..

Cable networks top terrestrial in ad prices

S. Korea to clash with Qatar in search for Olympic footbal..


The Korea Herald (

Cold wave sweeps Korea; Snow paralizes Jeju airport

SEOUL/JEJUDO ISLAND-- The number of frozen-pipe accidents and hypothermia patients soared while operations at the Jeju I...

News ListSouth Korean men suckered by international marriage fraud

In 2007, before Ahn Jae-sung flew to Uzbekistan from Seoul to meet his potential future wife, h...

War of nerves brewing over N.K. approach

A war of nerves appears to be brewing between the allies -- South Korea and the U.S. -- and Chi...

Equity crowdfunding poised for takeoff

Crowdfunding, a global fad of people clubbing together to fund projects of all kinds, will reac...

Korea's power capacity to top 100 gigawatts this year

Korea gears up for another top 10 Olympic

Part-time workers' income growth slows in 2015

Diverse events to mark 220th anniversary of Hwaseong Fortress

Chicken soup exports grew for first time in 4 years

Seoul shares open higher on oil price recovery

Diesel SM3 fuels subcompact sedan competition

Kumho Tire pins growth hopes on ultrahigh-performance products

KAIST professor heads new futures studies society

European culture capital San Sebastien kicks off peace-themed festivities

Dior creates millionaire skateboarders‘ perfect wardrobe

[Weekender] The art of traditional Korean liquor

Kerry to press China to use more leverage on N. Korea

Carter says he thinks about Korean Peninsula 'every single day'

Germany rejects about 10 percent of migrants: minister

U.S. east coast digs out after blizzard as D.C. flights grounded


The Korea Times (

China, Russia oppose five-way talks 

President Park Geun-hye’s proposal on Friday to hold a five-nation meeting aimed at resolving Pyon...

Parties to vote on NK rights bill Friday 

Rival parties have agreed to vote on a much-touted bill aimed at addressing the dire human rights situation in North Korea at a plenary session scheduled for ...

Mercedes, Audis easily seen on Pyongyang streets 

North Korea has been experiencing heavier traffic in its capital Pyongyang because of more foreign investors and construction projects in and around the city,...

Pilot unions at odds with other employees 

The pilots’ unions of Korean Air are in a dispute with another union that represents other employees of the company over a demand made by the carrier’s pilots...

Passengers ordered to compensate for flight return over ticket switch 

Two passengers who were responsible for an aborted flight because of their swapped boarding passes were ordered to pay damages to the airliner.

KRX move to extend trading hours draws skepticism 

Korea’s stock market operator plans to extend trading hours by 30 minutes to help stimulate the market. 

Market for single household prospers 

Kim Seong-jun, an office worker in his early 30s, lives in his small Seoul studio. He spends littl... 

Tonino Lamborghini heir eyes Korea as test bed 

When meeting Ferruccio Lamborghini Jr., the heir of the Tonino Lamborghini Group and grandson of s...

Drunk father stabs son 

A father, identified only as Jeong, 40, has been arrested for stabbing his teenage son for not listening to him, Yonhap reported Sunday. Police in Ulsan said ...


DongAIlbo (

Low-income villagers in Incheon make donations to help others for 8th consecutive year

Low-income residents living in tiny rooms in Manseok-dong in Incheon, which was the geographic background of the novel "Children …

Jordan Spieth gets warning for playing too slow from EPGA

The first scapegoat of the European PGA, which seeks to remove ‘golfers playing too slowly,’ was Jordan Spieth (23) of the U.S., …

U.S.-proposed resolution includes ban on oil exports to N. Korea

A proposed U.N. Security Council resolution against North Korea prepared by the U.S. has included a ban on exporting oil to North…

Global money is leaving Korea

Carrying out the restructuring work in emerging markets in Asia, British investment bank Barclays has decided to withdraw its hea…

Police requests arrest warrant for ex-Olympic weightlifting champion

Chuncheon Police in Gangwon Province said Wednesday it requested an arrest warrant for former Olympic weightlifting champion Sa J…


Chosun Ilbo (

Cold Spell Traps Over 70,000 Tourists on Jeju

A snowstorm over the weekend closed down Jeju International Airport from Saturday to Monday, trapping 76,000 visitors on the southern resort island. Jeju saw up to 26 cm of snow, grounding all flights from 5:50 p.m. on Saturday.

4 Out of 10 Adults Read Less Than a Book a Year

Only some 65 percent of Korean adults read at least one book last year, a survey suggests. The survey of 5,000 adults and 3,000 youngsters by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism reveals the lowest reading volume on record since the government began tallying statistics in 1994.

Pet Craze Sweeps Korea

Over 10 million people live with pets in Korea now, and for many their pets are now "life companions" who require every moment of their attention. Doting owners spend huge amounts of money on top-range pet food, treats and clothes and even throw birthday parties for their pets.

Chinese Tourists Turn from Korea to Japan

Another Fatality Linked to Doctor Implicated in Singer's Death

Young Kids Want to Be Athletes or Stars Demand for Top-Range Apartments Soars

Korea Moves Step Closer to Olympics After Barely Beating Jordan

Korea Wins 1st Gold Medal at Bobsleigh World Cup


Hankyoreh Shinmoon (

Celebrity chefs & “rice sommeliers” - convenience stores upgrade their prepackaged meals

Chains like 7-Eleven and CU are developing premium lunchboxes to target the increasing numbers of Koreans living alone or too busy to cook

Hypochondria nation? South Koreans vastly understate their health

South Koreans rank fairly high among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in terms of expected lifespan, the objective index of public health. But the percentage of South Koreans who describe themselves as healthy, which is the subjective health rate, was the lowest of all OECD members..

[Anaysis] Ministry of Employment announces new guidelines for employee termination

On Jan. 2, the Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that it would be implementing the controversial “dual guidelines,” which will make it easier for companies to terminate poorly performing employees and to change workplace rules. Unlike a law or enforcement order, a government guideline can take force immediately, as long as it is approved by the minister in question..

Park proposes five-party talks to resolve issue of NK nuclear program

President Park Geun-hye directed administrative agencies on Jan. 22 to pursue a “five-party talks” framework without North Korea to resolve the issue of the country’s nuclear program.Park also publicly raised questions about the effectiveness of the current six-party framework used to address the issue. This marks the first time Park has publicly discussed a five-party framework excluding North Korea..

[News anaysis] Park administration reaffirms policy of forceful sanctions in response to NK nuclear test

Now is the time to focus on forceful and effective sanctions.”These were the words of a South Korean minister at the joint 2016 policy report to the president on Jan. 22, reaffirming the administration’s current policy response to North Korea’s recent fourth nuclear test..

Defense Ministry planning closer information sharing ties with US, Japan

Specifics on military information sharing and missile defense cooperation among South Korea, the US, and Japan emerged in a Ministry of National Defense operational briefing at the Blue House on Jan. 22.In particular, the ministry reported plans to President Park Geun-hye on establishment of a real-time information sharing channel with the US within the year - in what would mark the first step in setting up a bilateral missile defense network -.

Remarks by Abe in policy speech signal strains in South Korea-Japan relationship

In this year’s policy speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described South Korea as Japan’s “most important neighbor that shares our strategic interests.” Just like last year, though, he omitted “fundamental values” from this sentence..

First draft of UNSC sanctions would bar NK oil imports and mineral experts

The first draft of a UN Security Council sanctions resolution against North Korea that was prepared by the US would reportedly block China and other countries from exporting oil to North Korea and from importing North Korea’s mineral resources..

US think tank CSIS recommends THAAD deployment on the Korean Peninsula

A prominent US think tank recently published a report explicitly recommending the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula to Washington.The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) also claimed a strong likelihood that the current regime in North Korea will collapse.While the CSIS is widely recognized as a cradle for conservative security experts in the US - with a number of its Asia specialists having strong backgrounds on and sympathies toward Japan.


JoongAng Ilbo(conservative): (

Cold wave hits Korea, strands tourists on Jeju

The southern resort island of Jeju was cut off by snow over the weekend in Korea’s coldest weather in more than a decade.The Korea Meteorological Administration said 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) of snow fell on Saturday in Jeju City, where Jeju International Airport is located, the biggest blizzard for the semi-tropical island since 1984…

Low oil prices dragging down a range of sectors

When Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, completed a factory for offshore oil platforms in Ulsan four years ago…

Reps agree on two bills, argue over a few more

The leaderships of the ruling and opposition parties came to agreement to vote on a package of legislation to boost the economy…

As China slows, new opportunities appear for Korea

Axel van Trotsenburg, vice president of the World Bank, said transition in the Chinese economy will create new opportunities for Korean exporters…

Multi-million won rents for luxury units hit new high

Multi-million won monthly rents for luxury apartment rose last year. There were total of 43 apartments where their monthly rent…

SK Telecom expects sunny sales for new Sol

SK Telecom’s new budget smartphone Sol has proved popular among local consumers, and the company is hoping it can break the sales record of 150,000 units in six months…

Ex-BlackRock director starts Samsung fundA former Black

Rock Inc. director is starting a hedge fund at Samsung Asset Management that uses computer models to bet on rising and falling Asian stocks…

Seoul, Washington propose 5-party talks

Seoul and Washington called for Beijing to put more pressure on Pyongyang after its fourth nuclear test, and proposed talks among five of the nations involved…

North Korea detains an American

CINCINNATI - Officials in North Korea and the U.S. released little information Friday about a university student from Ohio who was detained for what…

Sri Lanka’s ambassador has 30,000 workers to worry about

Manisha Gunasekera’s role as the newest Sri Lankan ambassador to Korea came with tremendous responsibility…

New site could take 20% off your phone bill

When the ICT Ministry launched a website to let smartphone users see if they are eligible for a discount on their monthly phone bill on Jan. 5,…

Samsung beats Whirpool in U.S.

Samsung Electronics became the biggest player in the U.S. consumer electronics market in the fourth quarter for the first time since launching operations there…

Cold weather proves to be problematic for Seoul’s drivers

When the temperature hit negative 17.8 degrees Celsius (0 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday morning in Seoul, stories began popping up…


The Kyunghyang Shinmoon(

Humanitarian Concerns on the US House’ North Korea Sanctions Act

The recently passed North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 757) in the House was originally a strongly worded statement prohibiting any transactions with t···

[Editorial] [Childcare Crisis, Now Reality] President Triggers Childcare Crisis and Claims State Provided Full Childcare

The childcare crisis that people had been concerned about is becoming reality particularly at kindergartens, but President Park Geun-hye continues to remain lai···

Perhaps We Watched Too Many 'Cooking Shows' on TV: Elementary Students Answer, 'A Chef Rather than a Judge or a Doctor'

Four out of ten students in grades 4-6 answered that they wanted to become a celebrity or sports star. The percentage of students who answered that they wanted

Government-Led Petition in the 21st Century to Pressure the National Assembly

After President Park Geun-hye joined in the street petition to urge lawmakers to pass bills to stimulate the economy, some criticized that the government-led pe···

'It's Hard to Answer Consistently in the Personality Test, Isn't It?' Hypnosis Training Taking Advantage of Anxious Job Seekers

"These days, the personality test is critical in the recruitment process of large companies. Surprisingly, the companies filter out many possible recruits with···

[Annulment of Tripartite Agreement] Federation of Korean Trade Unions, 'Judgment on Anti-labor Candidates in General Elections' 5 Major Labor Bills Lose Momentum

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions declared the annulment of the tripartite agreement on January 19, four months after the agreement was reached, and it look···

[Childcare Crisis, Now a Reality] Teachers' Wages Unpaid, Request Parents for Support, 'We're Going to Have to Take out a Loan to Provide Childcare'

The childcare crisis is now becoming reality as private kindergartens in the Seoul area announce plans to ask parents to support the Nuri program (free childcar···

'Tzuyu Incident' Causing Ripples: Pop Industry with Eyes Overseas 'Still Much to Learn'

The South Korean pop culture industry observing the so-called "Tzuyu incident" seems quite baffled. There had been several incidents where domestic companies ···


The Korea Economic Daily ( )

Conventional Industries in Crisis

The conventional industries of shipbuilding, shipping, steel, and petrochemical, which were targeted last year by the government for major restructuring, had been free from such restructuring efforts for years. Beginning in 2010, there were warnings against these industrial sectors that they may suf...

Korea's Potential Growth Rate May Fall below 2% Level...HERI

A study said Korea's potential growth rate would drop below the 3-percent level this year and keep staying that way by 2030. According to a report "Outlook on Korea's Potential Growth Rate" published by Hyundai Economic Research Institute on January 24, the average potential growth rate of 3.2 perce...

"Chinese-Iranian Trade Volume Set to Rise 11 Times by 2026"...Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited Iran for the first time among foreign leaders following sanctions lift by the West. This is a move by the Chinese government to get ahead of others in doing business with Iran. According to Xinhua News on January 24, President Xi held a summit meeting on the ...

Hyundai Motor Enjoys Record-Breaking Sales in India

Hyundai Motor set a new sales record in India last year. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) on January 24, Hyundai Motor sold 476,001 units in India last year, up 15.7 percent from a year ago. This figure is the highest annual sales for Hyundai Motor in the Indian mark...

VR and AR Attract Ever-Rising Investment

An increasing amount of investment is being injected into the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries which are gaining hot attention as the next-generation IT and electronics business. According to market research firm Digi-Capital on January 24, the amount of investment which w...


AJU Business Daily ( )

US student detained in North Korea for 'hostile' acts

North Korea on Friday announced the arrest of a US college student as the United Nations Security Council is working on a new resolution for tougher sanctions against the communist state over its nuclear test this month.. Warmbier Otto Frederick, …

Turbulence on the horizon of Korean peninsula

[Aju News DB] The Korean peninsula heads for a turbulent confrontation as South Korea locked the horns with North Korea Friday over its latest nuclear test which has led to a spike in cross-bor…

North Korea military backed by 300 drones

[Aju News DB] North Korea has strengthened its military surveillance force with a fleet of 300 drones, which are still relatively unsophisticated but could present a security challenge for Sout…

Kim Jung-un's right-hand man resumes public activity

[Courtesy of Xinhua] Choe Ryong-hae, once seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's right-hand man, has resumed his public activities, ending his three-month absence which once fuelled wild…

Uber comes back in South Korea with premium Black service

[Aju News DB ] After a change of tack aimed at jumping regulatory hurdles, US cab-hailing app operator Uber said Tuesday it was restarting its flagship luxury sedan service Uber Black in Seoul,…

Low oil price leads more S.Koreans to travel abroad, and buy larger cars

[Photo by Namkung] Oil price had reached its lowest point in South Korea and it is affecting the everyday life of Koreans. Travelers who go abroad are the most be…

Tougher punishment on disruptive air passengers

[Aju News DB] South Korea will impose tougher punishments on disruptive air passengers under a revised aviation law prompted by the infamous "nut rage" case involving the daughter of Kore…

Korea border strewn with propaganda leaflets

North Korean TV announcer speaks on hydrogen bomb test[courtesy of Xinhua News] The tensely guarded inter-Korean border has been strewn with leaflets from both sides along with the ear-spli…

China voices willingness to join UN debate on sanctions against North Korea

China on Friday expressed its willingness to join a United Nations debate on punishing North Korea over its latest nuclear test which has raised cross-border tension on the Korean peninsula, officials said. China took a resolute stance against Nor…

North Korea's new nuclear reactor sparks fresh concern

[Courtesy of Xinhua News] Recent satellite imagery shows North Korea's experimental light water reactor is "edging closer" to becoming operational, fuelling concerns it could be used to pro…



Samsung Electronics Internalizes Touch IC and Installs Its Own IC for Galaxy S7

Samsung Electronics is installing its own Touch IC (Integrated Circuit) for its next-generation application Smartphone called Galaxy S7. Samsung Electronics had been using foreign semiconductor businesses¡? Touch IC for its high-end Smartphones. Geographical change in this industry is expected due to internalization. According to industry on the 21st, Sa...

Competition for Taxi Service to Begin as SK Telecom Manages T-Map

SK Telecom is managing ¡®T-Map¡? on its own to strengthen its platform business even more. Because SK Telecom is going to manage T-Map Taxi also, ...

Samsung and LG Join Hands for Next-Generation TV Markets

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, which are leading global TV markets, are not only competing in good faith but they are also focusing on strategic cooperation f...

LG Electronics and SBS Totally Localizes ATSC 3.0 for the First Ti...

Staff Reporter Kim, Dongwook |

Gen.3 14 and 16-Nano FinFET Semiconductor Processes to Be Mass-Produced Soon

Samsung Electronics and TSMC are competing each other in introducing Gen.3 14 and 16-nano FinFET system semiconductor processes and they are focusing on reducing amoun...

LG Innotec to Promote Material and Element As Its Next-Generation Driving Forces

LG Innotec is going to promote material and element businesses as next-generation driving forces and has set a goal of making $166 million (200 billion KRW) in sales f...

Ministry of Environment to Make Criminal Accusation Against President of Audi Volkswagen Korea for Submitting Insufficient Business Plan on Recall

Ministry of Environment made a criminal accusation against President Johannes Thammer of Audi Volkswagen Korea for submitting insufficient business plan on correcting flaw...

Will Naver Make More Than $2.48 Billion in Sales This Year?

Naver has opened up generation of $2.48 billion (3 trillion KRW) in yearly sales and is expected to make somewhere around $2.48 billion this year again after it had...

Hyundai Chooses SUV As a Fuel Cell Vehicle That Will Be Mass-Produced in 2018

Hyundai chose SUV as a fuel cell electrical vehicle (FCEV) that will be mass-produced in 2018. Hyundai¡?s goal for mileage for FCEV that will be mass-produce...


Maeil Business News Korea ( )

Haitai Confectionery & Foods to push for going public once again

South Korea’s confectionary company Haitai Confectionery & Foods Co. will push for going public in the nation’s main bourse Kospi ...

Companies have duty to combat climate change: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman &

Companies have duty to combat climate change: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric Most companies are ...

S. Korea to double exports to Iran within 2 years: Korean finance minister

The South Korean government aims to double exports to Iran in two years amid growing expectations that Korean companies - in ...

SM Entertainment opens up-scale restaurant SMT Seoul

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Korean-made camera apps widely popular in Latin America

Camera applications developed by South Korean companies for mobile phones are gaining huge popularity in the Latin American market ...

Middle East airlines are quick to attract S. Korean travelers

Middle Eastern airlines are moving quickly to expand their presence in the Korean travel business in time with the removal of ...


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