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The Korean daily media headlines and humorMarch 25, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Friday, March 25, 2016

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post news and The Korea Post notice and roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea today:

Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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Who’s the richest politician in Korea?

People’s Party President AhnCheol-soo tops with W163 billion

Who is the wealthiest politician in Korea?

He is Rep. AhnCheol-soo of the People’s Party. Ahn reported a total of W162.9 billion.

This was disclosed by Korean-language news reports published in Seoul today quoting the figures posted by the Public Servants Ethics Committee (PSEC) on March 25, 2016 introducing the financial status of all the members of the National Assembly that day.

The figure represented an increase of W74.2 billion from the amount posted last year. The cause of the double-digit increase was the rise of the stock price which he had in the Ahn Lab, where he is the biggest shareholder. The price has risen by more than two folds compared with the preceding year.

The richest National Assembly member of last year, namely Rep. Kim Se-yeon of the ruling Saenuri Party from Busan who posted W155.1 billion, fell to the second place this year due to Ahn’s rise.

Rep. AhnCheol-soo of the second oppositionPeople’s Party (left) and Rep. Kim Se-yeon of the ruling Saenuri Party.Ahn is the richest National Assemblyman in Korea followed by Rep. Kim of the ruling party.


Invitation to the DagjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNSESCO Cultural Heritage)

Your Excellency:

I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangin City cordially invites Your Excellency and Madam to theDangjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNESCO Cultural Heritagte) on Friday April 8, 2016. The Korea Post organizes the tour at the invitation of Mayor Kim, which also includes a visit to the famed Hyundai Steel Mill.


Schedule follows:

0820 hours Friday April 8, 2016: Meet at Grqand Hyatt Seoul(near Water Fountain).

0830-1100 hours: Move by Limousine Bus to Dangjin by picturesque West Coast Expressway, visiting the Hyundai Steel Plant on the way to Dangjin.

1100-1140 hours: Visit the Gijisi Tug-of-War Museum.

1200-1340 hours: Luncheon at the Hyundai Steel Guest House hosted by Major and Mrs. Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City.

1400-1420 hours: Wear traditional Korean costumes of the King, General and Court ladies.

1430-1640 hours: Have hands-on experience in various local cultural events, including participation in the Gijisi Tug-of-War and Rice wine- and Sake-making.

1700-1830 hours: Move back to  Seoul arriving at Grand Hayatt Seoul by 6:30 p.m.

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


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Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post


A quick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:

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

President Park Raises Military Alert Against N. Korean Threats

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Saenuri’s Internal Struggle Continues as Candidate Registration Deadline Nears

S. Korea’s GNI Drops 2.6 Percent

Saenuri’s Internal Struggle Continues as Candidate Registration Deadline Nears

Military Holds Hacking Defense Contests for N. Korea Cyber Threat

Chinese Amb. Calls Korean Provisional Gov't Symbol of Bilateral Friendship

BOK Chief: Economic Policies Must Target Employment

S. Korea’s GNI Drops 2.6 Percent

Data: 7 in 10 Job Listings in Seoul Metropolitan Area

N. Korea Threatens Attack on Seoul

Seoul Warns Pyongyang over Threats to Attack President Park

N. Korea Threatens to Remove S. Korean President

UNSC Sanctions Committee Extends Office Terms for Experts

Japan Excludes Koreans from Bill on Collecting Remains of War Dead

US Experts: New Structures Spotted at Yongbyon Nuclear Site


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

S. Korea's per capita income shrinks in 2015

South Korea's per capita income dropped in 2015 from the previous year, marking the first on-year drop in six years even though the decline was largely caused by the rising won-dollar exchange rate, the central bank said Friday.

Gov't to check non-tariff barriers against S. Korean goods

The South Korean government will conduct a close inspection of non-tariff barriers in overseas markets that restrict sales of Korean-made goods as part of its efforts to prop up faltering exports, the trade ministry said Friday.

Football chief named head of S. Korean mission at Rio Olympics

The nation's football chief was appointed Friday the head of the South Korean delegation for this year's Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

Netmarble to seek IPO on local main bourse: sources

Netmarble Games, South Korea's No. 1 mobile game developer and publisher, is expected to seek listing on the country's main bourse instead of on the tech-heavy KOSDAQ or overseas, sources said Friday.

Creation of quality jobs is No. 1 economic policy: BOK chief

The chief of South Korea's central bank on Friday urged additional efforts to create quality jobs, calling it an ultimate goal of economic policies.


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

Park orders nationwide alert as N.K. pursues solid-fuel missile

The South Korean military confirmed Thursday that North Korea is developing solid-fuel rockets -- indicating that it is ...

Samsung embraces start-up spirit

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Parties enter campaign mode

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Korean ‘cup food’ appeals to global tastes

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Brussels suicide brothers abandoned crime fo...

Long before blowing himself up in a crowd of innocent people, leaving behind a desperate will on his comp...

Outside directors

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Democratic deficit

The three main political parties in Korea -- the ruling Saenuri Party, The Minjoo Party of K...


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

Ruling party's internal power struggle turns nasty

Party Chairman Rep. Kim Moo-sung left for Busan, Thursday, after refusing to convene a party meeting, during which the remaining proposed candidates put forward by the party’s nominations committee, controlled by loyalists to Pr...

Korea beats Lebanon 1:0 in World Cup qualifier match 

A 93rd minute goal from Lee Jang-hyeop gave South Korea a 1-0 win over Lebanon in this final Group... 

Seoul confirms N. Korea's push to develop solid-fuel rockets 

South Korea confirmed Thursday that North Korea is developing solid-fuel rockets, which would allo...

Assembly to have no immigrant lawmaker 

Immigrants and multiracial families expressed disappointment over the absence of any one to represent them among proportional representation candidates for th...

'NIS spied on lawmakers' 

The nation’s spy agency is facing allegations that it spied on opposition lawmakers who have been critical of the Park Geun-hye administration. 

Foreign automakers face probe over tax refunds 

Local subsidiaries of six foreign auto makers are expected to face an investigation for refusing t... 


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

Daewoo, Hanwha win .7 bil. construction project in Saudi

Korea has opened a new chapter of its history of overseas construction. A new town twice the size of Bundang New Town in Seongnam…

Shin denies the plagiarism allegation to prosecutors

It was confirmed on Thursday that Shin Kyung-sook (see photo), a Korean novelist, said in an email response to prosecutors that s…

KLPGA hosts a golf tournament in Vietnam

The Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) tournament is held in Vietnam for the first time in its history.It is the…

Political turmoil between Cheong WaDae and Saenuri Chairman Kim Moo-sung

The ruling Saenuri Party’s Chairman Kim Moo-sung has announced on Thursday that he would not confirm the nominations for five con

National Museum holds special exhibition on conservation science

The portrait of JeongGon-soo in official uniform of Joseon Dynasty was once known to have been drawn at the end of the 16th cent…


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

N.Korea Claims Success in Solid-Fuel Rocket Engine Test

North Korea on Thursday claimed it has succeeded in testing a solid-fuel engine for its space rockets. If the claim is true, the North could save time injecting fuel into missiles, shortening the period between decision making and launch. >> Full Text

More Jobseekers Favor Jobs with Internet Firms

Internet companies have joined big traditional conglomerates among the most sought-after employers for jobseekers. Job search portal Job Planet surveyed 320,000 subscribers and found that Samsung Electronics is still the most popular choice, and Internet search portal Naver came fourth. >> Full Text

Seoul to Light up More Bridges Over the Han River

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will light up more bridges across the Han River overnight to attract tourists. The city government on Tuesday said it will gradually increase the lighting on some six bridges through late next year. >> Full Text

Park Puts Military on Alert for N.Korean Provocations

N.Korea Vows to 'Eliminate' Park

Cold Snap to Linger Until This Weekend


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

Military mafia” wins millions in body armor project

Case alludes to situation where former senior officers retire to work in manufacturers that win plum contracts

Lobbying by a defense company resulted in it being granted general monopoly rights by the Ministry of National Defense on a body armor project worth up to 270 billion won (US$231 million) - even after the ministry had developed its own state-of-the-art body armor at a cost of 2.8 billion won (US$2.4 million).Samyang Chemical, parent group of Samyang Chemtec - which came under fire last year for its production of penetrable body armor - hired 29 reserve soldiers over six years to work as lobbyists for affiliates.

S. Korea and the US agree in principle to deploy THAAD system

On Mar. 22, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the US and South Korea are discussing the deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) on the Korean Peninsula and that the two countries had agreed in principle to deploy the anti-ballistic missile system.While the South Korean Defense Ministry has already treated the THAAD deployment as an accomplished fact, this is the first time for a high-ranking official in the US government to confirm it.

The facts about THAAD missile defense system

In spring 2015, I met with a missile defense expert at a Washington think tank. While we were discussing the possible deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula, he told me he didn’t really know if it would be helpful. Then he showed me a memo. It had been circulated quietly among experts, he said, and the US Defense Department and defense companies were in an uproar over it. It had been drafted by the Army and Navy Chiefs of Staff for then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. It was called the “eight-star memo,” since it bore the signatures of two four-star generals.

Court rules Blue House can keep some Sewol details secret

The Blue House’s refusal to publish the details of reports made to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the day of the Sewol ferry sinking in April 2014 is legal, a court has ruled.On Mar. 23, Hon. Ho Je-hun, a judge in the 11th administrative division of the Seoul Administrative Court, partially ruled in favor Ha Seung-su, co-chair of the Green Party’s steering committee, who is the plaintiff in a freedom of information lawsuit


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

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North claims progress in solid-fuel rocket engine

Leader Kim Jong-un claimed North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel rocket engine that boosts the power of its ballistic missiles…

Saudi new city contract may be Korea’s biggest

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At China’s Boao forum, Yoo urges more reforms

Asian countries need to both cooperate with each other and pursue economic reform at home for the sake of future growth…

Samsung says it will start acting more like start-up

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NH Nonghyup spends big on CSRNH

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Hanwha Life hits 100 trillion won in assets after only 70 years

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

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

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Pulmuone Acquires American Tofu Supplier Vitasoy 

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30 Year Old Law Blocks Twizy from Commercial Uptake

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

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