The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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May 09, 2016

TheKorean daily media headlines and humor

Monday,May 9, 2016

Your Excellency:

Here are The KoreaPost notices and a roundup of important headlines from all majorKorean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea today:


Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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This humor isfrom one of the former ambassadors in Seoul, who continues to have special regardfor his former and incumbent colleagues in Seoul.

60th HighSchool Reunion

He was a widower and she a widow.

They had known each other for a number of yearsbeing high school classmates and having attended class reunions in the pastwithout fail.

This 60th anniversary of their class, they had awonderful evening, their spirits high, the widower throwing admiring glancesacross the table and the widow smiling coyly back at him.

Finally, he picked up courage to ask her,"Will you marry me?"

After about six seconds of careful consideration,she answered, "Yes,..... yes I will!"

The evening ended on a happy note for the widower.But the next morning he was troubled.

Did she say “Yes” or did she say “No?”

He couldn't remember. Try as he would, he justcould not recall. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, buthis mind was blank.

He remembered asking the question but for the lifeof him he could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation he picked upthe phone and called her.

First, he explained that he couldn't remember aswell as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening.

As he gained a little more courage he theninquired of her. "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say “Yes” ordid you say “No?”

"Why you silly man, I said ‘Yes. Yes I will.’And I meant it with all my heart."

The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skipa beat.

Then she continued. "And I am so glad youcalled because I couldn't remember who asked me!”



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Aquick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:


Gov'tDismisses Kim Jong-un's Pursuit of Nuclear, Economic Development

The SouthKorean government has dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's pursuit ofnuclear weapons and his call for inter-Korean talks announced through the rarecongress of Pyongyang's ruling party over the weekend.

N.Korean Party Promotes Kim to "Highest Position"

North Korea'sWorkers Party of Korea(WPK) has decided to promote its young leader Kim Jong-unto the "highest leadership position" at its seventh congress underway in Pyongyang.

Ruling,Opposition Parties to Hold Oxy Sterilizer Hearing

The country’smain political parties and the government have vowed to assist the victims ofdeadly humidifier disinfectants that are believed to have killed and injuredhundreds of South Koreans.

SaenuriFloor Leader Proposes New Seating Arrangement for Lawmakers

Ruling,Opposition Parties to Hold Oxy Sterilizer Hearing

S.Korea to Deploy Special Mission Plane Next Month


Yonhap (

Expertsagainst corporate tax hike: KCCI

South Koreashould not rush to raise corporate tax rates amid a gloomy outlook for itseconomy, a local business lobby group said Monday, citing a survey of localexperts.

Petrochemicalfirms restrategize for expected market changes

South Korea'spetrochemical firms, basking in outstanding profits last year, arerestrategizing to make sure they can sustain the earnings and be ready forfuture market changes, industry watchers said Monday.

Financialfirms cut nearly 1,800 jobs in 2015

Financialcompanies in South Korea eliminated nearly 1,800 jobs last year, market datashowed Monday, apparently reflecting a dip in their profitability and increasedconnectivity in the industry.

VIPshoppers expand share of department store sales

Sales by VIPcustomers were a rare source of growth last year for South Korean departmentstores that are losing shoppers to mobile and overseas channels, data showedMonday.


The KoreaHerald (

N.K.leader reaffirms nuke aims, but offers talks

North Koreanleader Kim Jong-un has said his country “as a nuclear state” will work towardthe denuclearization of the...

Ministry,BOK divided on how to recapitalize banks

Korea’sgovernment and central bank, after an open spat, agreed last week to recapitalizepoli...

Rulingparty to push for hearing on Oxy case

The rulingSaenuri Party decided Sunday to push for a hearing on the toxic humidifierdisinfect...

Geojemay lose 22,000 jobs in shipbuilding this year: report

A continuedrecession in the shipbuilding industry could lead to the loss of as many as22,00...


The KoreaTimes (

Swimmingagainst the tide in pharmaceutical industry 

Successstories with multi-billion-dollar blockbuster drugs have made pharmaceuticalfirms around ... 

Parkkeenly interested in Singapore-Malyasia rail deal 

Korea is steppingup to win the lead role in the multibillion dollar Malaysia-Singaporehigh-speed... 

Smartphones'killing' hand-writing 

May has becomea strange month in Korea as smartphone-addicted young adults try to hand-writelett... 

ChosunIlbo honorary chairman passes away at 88  

BangWoo-young, honorary chairman and standing advisor of the daily Chosun Ilbo,died of a chronic... 

Rowrises over revealing suspect's identity 

Public opinionis divided over whether the police were right to publicly identify a30-year-old mu...  


Dong AIlbo (

Oneout of three NK defectors have unhealthy teeth

Lee (53,female), who was born in and grew up in Eunduk-gun, North Hamgyong Province,never visited a dentist before she escaped …

Tennew drugs expected from Korea by 2020

Korean bio andpharmaceutical companies are expected to develop more than 10 new drugs by2020, which will bring about export eff…

SaudiArabia makes major cabinet reshuffle

Saudi Arabia,which had announced a drastic economic development plan dubbed "Vision2030" that calls for overcoming of "addictio…


Chosun Ilbo (

Kim Jong-un Touts N.Korea as ResponsibleNuclear State

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday declared theNorth a "responsible nuclear weapons state" and vowed it "willnot use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by anyaggressive hostile forces with nuclear weapons."

N.Korea Plays Silly Games with Reporters

North Korea made a great show of inviting foreignreporters to cover the Workers Party congress in Pyongyang but then promptlybarred them from the event and showed them a lot of farming implements. Eachmember of a foreign news team was assigned a minder who controlled their everystep. 

Korea Still Ranks 3rd for Adoptions to U.S.

Korea's economy has grown to the 11th-largest in theworld, but the country is still the world's third-biggest destination for theadoption of orphans after China and Ethiopia. The Korea Adoption Services lastweek said of the 5,648 children from other countries adopted by families in theU.S. last year


Hankyoreh Shinmoon (

Workers’Party Congress opening “Kim Jong-un era” in North Korea

North Korea’sstate media hasn’t yet released information on the first party congress in 36years

Searchingfor “pure” makgeolli

JipyeongBrewery - located in Jipyeong Village, Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi Province haslong been regarded as one of South Korea‘s top breweries of makgeolli, orKorean rice beer. It had taken me an hour and a half to drive there from Seoul,and I parked my car on the side of a narrow country street.

Lawschool professors evade the unfairness of their system

Law schoolprofessors are countering charges of unfairness after a recent EducationMinistry study showed candidates being accepted after submitting applicationslisting the backgrounds of their parents or relatives.“Mentioning that yourfather is a lawyer has nothing to do with fairness,” argued one professor.

Decadesafter Koreans were dispatched, nursing in Germany still unsolved

An event inBerlin on Apr. 26 looked back on the history of the dispatching of South Koreannurses to Germany fifty years after the first were sent in the 1960s. ChoKook-nam, head of the German migrant women’s group DaMigra and one of thenurses dispatched, recounted the difficulties the women experienced at thetime.

Highernumber of residents from overseas volunteering for military service

More and moreSouth Korean permanent residents and dual citizenship holders from overseas arevoluntarily reporting for military service.Data release on May 3 by theMilitary Manpower Administration (MMA) showed 604 permanent residents and dualcitizenship holders voluntarily enlisting in the South Korean armed forces lastyear. The number was up by 32.5% from 456 the year before.

DonaldTrump says “America First” and more stationing burden for South Korea

Donald Trump’svision for Korean Peninsula and foreign policy is becoming the focus ofattention - and fears - with the real estate mogul apparently a lock for thenomination at the upcoming US Republican Party presidential primary.Trump’sforeign policy framework was encapsulated in an Apr. 27 speech titled “AmericaFirst.” It contained a mixture of isolationism through less US militaryinvolvement and commercial reciprocity through “fair” transactions with othercountries - principles that would also apply largely to Korean Peninsulapolicy.

WendySherman: must prepare for possible North Korean “coup or collapse”

Wendy Sherman,former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, served as coordinatorfor North Korean policy during the administration of former US President BillClinton. Her record as one of the "doves" who were closely involvedwhen the US and North Korea nearly normalized diplomatic relations in 2000 alsocreated complications for her confirmation as Under Secretary of State becauseof opposition from the Republican Party.


JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (

Jong-unthumbs nose at world at party’s congress

North Koreanleader Kim Jong-un said his country will not use nuclear weapons as long as thecountry’s sovereignty is not threatened and called his regime “a responsiblenuclear state” at the seventh congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang. “Ourrepublic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached uponby any aggressive hostile forces with nukes,”…

SNUprofessor claims he briefed Oxy on harm

The SeoulNational University professor arrested for allegedly taking bribes and writingfavorable…

HyundaiHeavy’s union asks for a heavy raise

The trade unionof Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is being mocked for demanding hefty wagehikes…

Park’splans for the future put his bank back into first place

“First” is aword that seems to follow Park Jong-bok, chief executive officer of StandardChartered Bank Korea…

LargestChinese tour group sips soup by the Han

Rain didn’tdampen the spirits of some 4,000 Chinese tourists who sat alongside Seoul’s HanRiver…


The KyunghyangShinmoon (

Hillaryand the 'Old Boys'

The Republicancandidate for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump recently announced his foreignpolicies, which followed a strictly isolationist route, revealing ···

'AnyoneCan Fish Evil' Na Hong-jin's New Film, Gokseong

Where is evil?In The Chaser (2008), it lurked in the alley of a residential area in Gangbuk,Seoul, and in The Yellow Sea (2010), it lied in Yanbian, China. Na···

Victims,'We Can't Accept an Apology Just for Show. Leave Korea, Oxy!'

Oxy ReckittBenckiser, whose humidifier sterilizers caused harm to the most number ofvictims, officially apologized five years after the incident first broke o···


The KoreaEconomic Daily (

Korea's1Q Growth Lower Than That of France, First Since 2008 Crisis

Korea'seconomic growth rate for the first quarter of this year hit the lowest level inthree quarters, lagging behind that of France. This was the first time forKorea's quarterly economic growth rate to be lower than that of France sincethe global financial crisis in 2008. A large number of inter... 

PersonalExpenses for Major State-run Enterprise Heads Turn up again

The amount ofpersonal expenses for major state-run enterprise heads, which had shrunk by alarge margin after the government tried to reduce the debt balance of state-runcorporations, has turned up again last year. For example, the president ofKorea Development Bank, the policy bank whose recapit...

2015Household Propensity to Consume at a Historic Low...Report

As householdspending is at a record low, the level of personal propensity to consume hashit the bottom last year. According to a report "Analysis on Propensity toConsume and Its Implications" published by Hyundai Economic ResearchInstitute on May 8, last year's propensity to consume by the house...

K-BeautyFirms Launch Drives to Foster Next Cash Cows

AmorePacificand LG Household & Health Care, the front-runners in the K-beauty trend,are striving to cultivate next-generation cash cows. Instead of seating ontheir laurels, they are accelerating efforts to secure additional growthmomentums. According to industry sources on May 8, AmorePacific l...

CreditRatings of Machinery and Shipping Sector Hit Hardest

Shipping andmachinery sectors have undergone the most severe credit rating downgrades sofar this year. The credit ratings for major shipyards are also expected to belowered within the first half of this year. According to Korea Ratings on May8, the number of companies whose credit ratings for n...


AJUBusiness Daily (

Seoulrejects Pyongyang's proposal for military dialogue 

South Koreaflatly turned down North Korea's request for fresh dialogue Monday and vowed tostep up an international campaign aimed at curbing the communist country'… 

Pyongyangcalls for military dialogue with Seoul on avoiding war 

North Koreanleader Kim Jong-un called for inter-Korean military dialogue to avoid armedconflicts and ease high tensions along the heavily



Samsungto Introduce EUV Process to Semiconductor Foundries

For the firsttime in the world, Samsung Electronics is going to introduce EUV (ExtremeUltraviolet) lithography equipment to its semiconductor foundry¡?s process. Itsplan is to quickly surpass its 

SouthKorean Artificial Intelligence Go System to Compete against Human

AI (ArtificialIntelligence) Go system called ¡®Dol Baram¡?, which was developed with SouthKorean technologies, is competing against human. 9 dan ...

SouthKorean Artificial Intelligence Go System to Compete against Human

AI (ArtificialIntelligence) Go system called ¡®Dol Baram¡?, which was developed with SouthKorean technologies, is competing against human. 9 dan ...

G2touchto Supply Touch IC to BOE for Laptops

South Korea¡?sventure company is supplying touch IC to BOE, which is a Chinese displaymanufacturers. Touch IC is a semiconductor chip that makes touch inp...


Maeil BusinessNews Korea ( )

KiaMotors’ Niro hits record high in monthly sales

South Korea’sautomaker Kia Motors Corp. hit a record high in monthly sales with itsenvironment-friendly Niro, a compact hybrid sport utility vehicle (SUV), in thelocal green car ...

SPCopens its first U.S. franchise Paris Baguette Hostetter

South Korea’sSPC Co., the parent company of leading bakery and patisserie brand ParisBaguette, announced on Sunday that it ...

S.Korean institutional investors expand investment in infrastructure in

South Korea’slarge institutional players have moved to make investments in infrastructure inadvanced countries including the ...


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Humor from a kind-hearted formerCentral Asian ambassador:

Who is poor?

A wealthy woman goes toa saree store and tells the boy at the counter, "Bhaiya, show me somecheap sarees. It is my son's marriage and I have to give to my maid."

After sometime, the maidcomes to the saree shop and tells the boy at the counter, "Bhaiya, show mesome expensive sarees. I want to gift my Mistress on her son's marriage."

Poverty is in the mindor in the purse?

Who is rich?

Once, a lady with herfamily was staying in a 3-star hotel for a picnic. She was the mother of a 6-month-oldbaby.

"Can I get 1 cup ofmilk?" asked the lady to the 3-star hotel manager.

"Yes, madam,"he replied.

"But it will cost100 bucks."

"No problem,"said the lady.

While driving back fromhotel, the child was hungry again.

They stopped at a roadside tea stall and took milk from the tea vendor

"How much?” sheasked the tea vendor.

"Madam, we don'tcharge money for kid's milk," the old man said with a smile.

"Let me know if youneed more for the journey."

The lady took one morecup and left.

She wondered,"Who’s richer? The hotel manager or the old tea vendor?”

Sometimes, in the racefor more money, we forget that we are all humans.

Let's help someone inneed, without expecting something in return.

It will make us feelbetter than what money can.

Coffee never knew thatit would taste so nice and sweet, before it met milk and sugar.

We are good asindividuals but become better when we meet and blend with the right people...

Stay connected.

"The world is fullof nice people... If you can't find one... Be one.

(Editor’s note: Contributethe humor of your country or region and help your incumbent and formercolleagues in Korea chuckle and remember you. Send the traditional and/or currenthumor of you country or region to or to be shared with your colleagues and Korean friends.)


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