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The Korean daily media headlines and humorMarch 28, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, March 28, 2016

Your Excellency:

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

/s/

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

P.S.: 1. To see the desired site, press down the Control key and click the blue URL of the media.

2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.

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Humor from former ambassadors in Korea:

Corporate reality

The boy gets rejected and the girl gets selected in an interview...for the same reason.

The top three buttons of their shirt were open...!

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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.

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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

/s/

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

The Korea Post phones: 2298-1745 or 2298-1740/2, mobiles 010-3388-1682 (Korean) and 010-5201-1740 (Chairman Lee Kyung-sik).

RSVP: Yes, my spouse and I will attend_______. I will attend alone_______.

Mobile phone of driver or secretary:_________________________.     Regrets:_____.

(Please mark the blank spaces above and below with an X or Tick and revert to edt@koreapost.com.)

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Your Excellency:

Please transmit your latest press release(s) to edt@koreapost.com or korpost@chol.com for publication by the five media outlets of The Korea Post, including the Korean-language Internet newspaper (www.koreapost.co.kr), English website (www.koreapost.com) and the Korean-language newspaper (http://pdf.koreapost.co.kr/13/1301.pdf).

Very Respectfully Yours

/s/

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post

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A quick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:

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

Trump Open to Allowing S. Korea Build Nuclear Weapons

United States Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that if elected, he is open to the idea of South Korea developing its own nuclear deterrents and would halt purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia.

Main Opposition Pledges to Move Legislature to Sejong

Russia: N. Korea's Provocations Due to Washington's Refusal for Bilateral Talks

Main Opposition Pledges to Move Legislature to Sejong

S. Korean Football Team Beats Thailand 1-0, Sets Record of 8 Straight Shutout Wins

Russia: N. Korea's Provocations Due to Washington's Refusal for Bilateral Talks

S. Korea's Household Income-to-GDP Ratio Sharply Falls over 20 Years

Grim Growth Outlook for S. Korea for Q1

Household Debt Rises to 1.5-Fold of Income

S. Korean Aid Group Delivers TB Medicine to N. Korea

N. Korea Threatens Attack on Seoul

Seoul Warns Pyongyang over Threats to Attack President Park

Pope Francis Delivers Easter Message of Hope

RFA: Chinese Customs Crackdown on Smuggling into North Korea

US Urges N. Korea to Refrain from Provocative Acts

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

Official campaign for parliamentary elections to begin

Rival parties will kick off their official campaigns next week for April's parliamentary race that will determine the political landscape of the country for the next four years, election organizers said Sunday.

Ancient Korean food comes to life in Japan after 13 centuries

Ancient Korean delicacies from 13 centuries ago were presented at a Japanese shrine near Tokyo on Sunday, pinning hopes that food will forge a lasting harmony between the two neighboring countries whose bilateral relations have been frayed over a host of issues.

S. Korea, U.S. agree to strengthen disaster relief, security sectors cooperation

South Korea and the United States agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster control and security crisis management areas in the face of heightened terrorism concerns, the government said Sunday.

South Korea's household income-GDP ratio down over 2 decades: report

The ratio of household income in South Korea to its gross domestic product has dropped over the past two decades, indicating that income growth was slower than the overall economic expansion, a report showed Sunday.

Trump says S. Korea can have nukes, considers pulling out U.S. troops

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in a news interview released over the weekend that if he becomes president, he will allow South Korea to have its own nuclear weapons and consider pulling out U.S. troops from the country.

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

Parties adjust leadership for election campaign

With mere days left to the official election campaign period, mainstream parties are poised to elect this week the i...

Calls for new stimulus grow as growth outlook darkens

Calls are growing for Korea to take bolder steps to support the economy, after a string of rece...

Korean chipmakers face Chinese threat

China’s aggressive move to increase its foothold in the world’s chip sector is becoming a thr...

Trump: Korea can have nukes, considers pulling out U.S. troops

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in a news interview released over the weekend that if...

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...

Unsavory drama

When candidates for the April 13 general election started to register with the National Elec...

Ineffectual gatekeepers

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has admitted that it manipulated its financial stat...

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

North Korea vanishes from South Korean academia

Universities here have closed or downsized departments that have explored the communist country in recent years, citing relatively high unemployment rates of graduates and difficulty in attracting freshmen. Students and North Ko...

Sae-A Trading to build secondary school in Haiti 

Sae-A Trading, a leading global apparel manufacturer, announced that it will continue supporting t...

Korea beats Thailand 1-0 in friendly match 

With nearly 20,000 Thai fans packed at Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok, South Korea edged Thailand, thanks to an early first-half goal by striker Suk Hyun-ju...

Ugly foreigners 

A video went viral over the weekend, showing an Italian person stopping his car in the middle of the road, getting out and while shaking his fist, spewed what... 

Yet another newspaper discards printed version 

A poignant front-page wraparound carried the words “STOP PRESS” in red on a white background, foll... 

Parties gear up for April 13 election

Rival parties are entering campaign mode for the April 13 general election, launching planning committees following the wrap-up of candidate nominations marre... 

Missing true soldiers

It was a dark night in a back street of New York in l979. President Jimmy Carter was running for a... 

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

Donald Trump says South Korea could have nuclear deterrents

U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has implied that he could allow Korea and Japan to build their own nuclear arsenals. Whe…

Pyongyang stages psychological warfare against Seoul

North Korea is stepping up psychological warfare against South Korea to cause domestic c

onflict ahead of the April 13 general ele…

MS apologizes for Tay bot's unintended offensive debacle

Microsoft has issued an official apology for Tay, an artificially intelligent chatbot that stirred controversy over extremist and…

SNU Law School to offer a full scholarship to low-income students

The Seoul National University School of Law will offer a full scholarship to students who are from the lowest 50 percent of house…

Seniors account for 25% of bankruptcies early this year

The so-called "bankruptcy in retirement" is becoming rampant, which means more seniors are getting poor because they cannot find…

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

Elderly Seoulites Earn Pittance for Working Long Hours

About four in 10 elderly people in Seoul have jobs and earn on average W1.23 million a month for a 13-hour day, according to a study. In a policy report last week, the Seoul Institute said Seoul had an elderly population of 1.24 million as of last year, and 460,000 or 38 percent had a job. >> Full Text

N. Korea Practices Artillery Strike on Cheong Wa Dae

North Korea practiced a massive artillery strike on key government facilities in Seoul on Saturday, mobilizing some 100 long-range artillery pieces. The North's official Rodong Sinmun daily covered the live-fire drill in Wonsan, Kangwon Province on four of its six pages. >> Full Text

Young Koreans Embrace Traditional Dress

Hanbok or traditional Korean dress is becoming all the rage among young Koreans amid similar trends in other Asian countries. Free-spirited youngsters rediscover traditional Korean culture and reinterpret it to fit their tastes. >> Full Text

More Jobseekers Favor Jobs with Internet Firms

Cheonan Survivors Still Suffering PTSD

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

High-ranking government officials have average assets of US$2.4 million

Figures in the upper reaches of government actually seeing their assets grow amid economic slump in South Korea

2.9 billion won ? about US$2.44 million. This is the average assets (based on figures reported at the end of 2015) of South Korea’s 405 highest ranking government officials, including the president, senior presidential secretaries, ministers, lawmakers, the chief justice and other justices on the Supreme Court and justices on the Constitutional Court.

Defense Ministry with evasive response on problematic body armor program

The Ministry of National Defense responded to Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) findings on procurement improprieties that resulted in soldiers being supplied with body armor vulnerable to armor-piercing bullets. But its response was less about remorse and alternative solutions - and more about twisting the facts.

With Kakao Talk labor, the work day never ends

An individual surnamed Kim, 28, who works in customer service at a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul’s Gangnam district, has been fielding customers’ queries over the KakaoTalk, an instant messaging app, for more than three years. Since KakaoTalk is used by nearly everyone in South Korea, the app is an attractive marketing platform for clinics. The majority of plastic surgery clinics have been expanding their customer service, answering questions over KakaoTalk not only from their patients but from prospective customers too.

South Korea’s unseen children suffer with parents behind bars

“It’s okay.” Her uncle mouthed the words slowly through the police car window. Choi Mi-young, 20, had lived with him ever since her parents had divorced when she was a child. Three years later, she still can’t erase the shock of that day. She was in her second year of high school when he came to find her in a panic. To Choi, the man who had promised not to marry before she did was something more than just a father figure. She raced home to find four police officers in their house. Her uncle, a taxi driver, asked them

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

Adults under 60 will be granted housing pension

The Financial Services Commission (FSC), Korea’s financial regulator, came up with three plans on Sunday to expand the use of the government-backed reverse mortgage program, which allows citizens over 60 to take out home loans without requiring monthly mortgage payments…

Trump supports nukes for Korea and Japan

In his latest remarks on Asian foreign policy, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in a recent interview…

Samsung founder Hoam risked it all to succeed

Hoam Lee Byung-chull is a leading businessman who became the face of the nation’s business community…

Ssangyong projects an Air of confidence

Ssangyong Motor’s gamble in the SUV market appears to be paying off. After making a dramatic recovery…

Economy is expected to grow 2.6%

The Korean economy will grow 2.6 percent this year, a report by the Korea Economic Research…

Electronic devices top FTA exports to China

The volume and value of Korean goods exported to China in the first 100 days since the Free Trade Agreement…

Tokyo ditched Dokdo, paper says

A Japanese parliamentary document was discovered that disproves its government’s official claim that Korea…

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

Is President Park Taking Advantage of the North Korean Factor to Avoid the People's Judgment in the Elections?

Yesterday, President Park Geun-hye said that North Korea threatened to strike Cheong Wa Dae and ordered tighter vigilance nationwide. Senior Cheong Wa Dae Secre···

[April 13, 2016 Parliamentary Elections] [Editorial] The Worst Candidate Nominations by the Saenuri Party Triggering a “Seal Demonstration” by the Party Leader

Saenuri Party leader Kim Moo-sung announced that the party will not nominate candidates in five constituencies including lawmaker Yoo Seong-min's constituency.···

[D-20 to Parliamentary Elections: Yoo Seong-min Leaves Saenuri to Run as Independent] On the Eve of Candidate Registration, Yoo Holds a Dagger to the Pro-Park Responsible for Worst Candidate Nominatio

Saenuri Party lawmaker Yoo Seong-min (58, East 2 District, Daegu) announced his departure from the party and his bid as an independent on May 23, a day before c···

Elections Become a Battle of Divided Ruling Party and Divided Opposition Parties: Pro-Lee and Non-Park Members Accelerate Efforts for 'Independent”

As more and more Saenuri Party members leave the party ahead of candidate registrations for the April 13 parliamentary elections, the elections have changed int···

[3 Major Issues in the April 13, 2016 Parliamentary Elections] 3. Peace on the Korean Peninsula 'If the Government Is Determined to Reunify the Peninsula, There Is No Reason Not to Reopen the Kaesong

The Korean Peninsula, in a cease-fire for 63 years according to international law, is under constant tension as North and South Korea stand in military confront···

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

Korea's 1Q 2016 Economic Growth Projected at 0.3-0.7%

Major economic institutions in and outside Korea projected the nation's GDP growth rate for the first quarter of this year to stand at between 0.3 and 0.7 percent. Among foreign investor banks, Goldman Sachs lowered its projection for Korea's first-quarter GDP growth from 0.5 percent to 0.3 percent,...

Hyundai Motor Rolls out New Avante "Lingdong" in China

Hyundai Motor's new Avante made an entry into the Chinese market. Hyundai Motor's Chinese joint venture Beijing Hyundai kick-started the sale of the China-specific new Avanate Lingdong after holding a new car presentation on March 25. Since its first debut in China in 2004, the Avante has been sold ...

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to Show off Next-generation LTE Service

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will show off a next-generation LTE service which features a sharp improvement in smartphone download and upload speed. Samsung announced that starting from March 27 through partnership with Korea's three major telecom companies, the LTE service of G...

Market Consensus for Samsung Electronics' 1Q Results Revised Downward Sharply

The market consensus for Samsung Electronics' first-quarter operating profit is revised downward sharply. According to financial information service provider FnGuide on March 27, the estimates for Samsung Electronics' first-quarter operating profit, provided by 24 securities firms, averaged at 5.16 ...

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

North Korea threatens US with propaganda video

North Korea threatened the US with a propaganda video released on Saturday, sending out a message that if the US continues provoking, the North will not hesitate to stri…

President Park's approval rating down ahead of election

South Korean President Park Geun-hye posted a ten percent increase in her personal wealth, but her performance approval rating suffered a four-percent …

North Korea stages 'largest ever' live-fire drill: KCNA

North Korean troops, watched by leader Kim Jong-un, have staged their largest-ever live-fire drill, vowing to turn South Korea's capital into a sea of flames and …

Court dismisses defamation suit filed by Kim's aunt

A Seoul court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by the US-based aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un through a South Korean lawyer against three prominent de…

North Korea hails solid-fuel rocket engine test

North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un hailed a "successful" solid-fuel engine test that could enhance the power of ballistic rockets capable of

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

Financial Services Commission to Openly Test Robo-Advisor in July

South Korean Government is going to manage test zone of Robo-Advisors starting from July. This action was taken to broaden range of consumers¡? choices before ...

South Korean Government to Invest $27.9 Million in Developing Origin...

South Korean Government is investing $27.9 million (32.6 billion KRW) in developing original neuroscience technologies, which is 35.5% increase from last year. By s...

Samsung Electronics to Invest $300 Million for Construction of R&D ...

Samsung Electronics is going to invest $300 million into Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam,

Battle of LCD’s Thickness to Start between Businesses

¡®Battle of Thickness¡?, which has businesses to make their LCD panels thinner, has started. As price of LCD continues to drop, reduction of production cost has emerged as a main problem to be solved

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MaeilBusinessNewsKorea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/ )

KEPCO to invest $5.8 bn in new energy business this year

South Korea’s state-run utility firm Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) will invest 6.9 trillion won ($5.8 billion) this year, more than twice from last year, in the new energy industry.

Samsung BioLogics begins mass production at its second plant

Samsung BioLogics Co., the biopharmaceutical business arm of Samsung Group, said on Friday that its second plant in Songdo, ...

S. Korea’s CJ CheilJedang bets on edible insects industry

CJ CheilJedang Corp., a leading food manufacturer in South Korea, said on Wednesday it signed a memorandum of understanding with ...

Samsung Heavy Industries on verge of losing $4.7 offshore plant order

A floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project $4.7 billion that Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) won from Sell Gas & Power ...

Foreign Tourists Flocking Away from Korea

There are some alarming signs about inbound tourism to South Korea. Why has the number of Chinese and Russians visiting Korea ...

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