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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday May 8, 2017

Your Excellency:

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

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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Key presidential candidates stage last minute efforts to woo support!

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What’s ticking in Korea today? Here is a quick roundup of important news stories from the major Korean news media today:

The Korea Post media (www.koreapost.com) in English, (www.koreapsot.co.kr) in Korean.

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

Presidential Candidates Rally for Support

Major presidential candidates are stumping across the country on Saturday, with just three days until the presidential election. Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party(DP) plans to hold a “free hug” event in the Hongdae area in Seoul on Saturday evening, fulfilling a pledge to give out free hugs if early voting turnout reached 25 percent. Conservative Hong Joon-pyo of the former ruling Liberty Korea Party(LKP) held a news conference at his party headquarters in Seoul to appeal for conservative voters. He then headed out to Gyeonggi Province and Incheon before visiting Gongju, South Chungcheong Province.

US, N. Korea Ready Set for Track 2 Meetings in Europe

A Japanese media outlet has said the U.S. and North Korea will sit down for secret bilateral talks in Europe amid escalated tensions surrounding the North’s nuclear and missile issues. TV Asahi said that North Korea's U.S. Affairs Director Choe Son-hui left for Europe on Sunday via Beijing. TV Asahi said her U.S. counterparts at the meeting will be experts in the private sector, who formerly worked as senior officials in Washington, but did not provide detailed information of their identities. The Japanese TV station added that the two sides will discuss future bilateral relationships as well as the North’s nuclear and missile issues.

N. Korea Detains Another Korean American

North Korea said on Sunday that it has detained another Korean American for attempting hostile activities against the North. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported that Kim Hak-song, an official of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was arrested on Saturday. The KCNA said the related authorities are conducting detailed investigation into his alleged crimes. Kim’s arrest came after Kim Sang-deok, a Korean American who was invited to teach accounting at the same Pyongyang university, was detained on April 22nd for hostile attempts to overturn the regime.


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

S. Korean Kim Sei-young wins LPGA match play event

South Korean Kim Sei-young has collected her sixth career LPGA victory at a match play event in Mexico. Kim defeated Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up to take the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City on Sunday (local time). It was Kim's first win of 2017. The 24-year-old won three times as a rookie in 2015 and added two more wins in 2016. She's also the sixth different South Korean to win on the tour this year in 10 tournaments. The world No. 12 edged out fellow South Korean Hur Mi-jung in the semifinals at Club de Golf Mexico, and then beat the world No. 3 from Thailand for the win.

U.S. should press China to take 'very tough steps' against N. Korea

The United States should say clearly to China that it should press North Korea hard enough to even cause the regime to collapse or see the U.S. take those measures, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. Rice said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the North has made big strides in its pursuit of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S., and that the key to the problem lies with China. "In order to deal with that, you have to change the Chinese calculus, and I think that's what the administration's trying to do. They've worried most about the collapse of the regime, and their long border and instability on their border, Rice said.

State Department aware of reports of N. Korea's latest detention of U.S. citizen

The State Department said Sunday it is aware of reports that yet another American citizen has been detained in North Korea. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said earlier Sunday that the country has detained a Korean-American man, identified as Kim Hak-song, on suspicions of unspecified "hostile acts." His detention raised the number of U.S. citizens held in the reclusive state to four. "We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea," a State Department spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency.


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

Candidates enter final hours of campaigning

Candidates for the South Korean presidency are to blitz through key battleground regions Monday as the race enters its final hours before the crucial vote Tuesday. While front-runner Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea is trying to seal his lead at the polls, others are striving to turn the tables around. A conservative rival even claimed a “golden cross.” Moon, who consistently topped polls with some 35-40 percent in support, is scheduled to visit the southern city of Busan -- Korea’s second-biggest and his stomping grounds -- and then Daegu before reaching his final destination, Gwanghwamun Square in the center of Seoul to wrap up his campaign there.

Centrist Macron becomes France's youngest president

French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union. A crowd of Macron supporters roared with delight at the news, jubilantly waving red, white and blue tricolor flags at a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris.

State Department aware of reports of N. Korea's latest detention of U.S. citizen

The State Department said Sunday it is aware of reports that yet another American citizen has been detained in North Korea. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said earlier Sunday that the country has detained a Korean-American man, identified as Kim Hak-song, on suspicions of unspecified "hostile acts." His detention raised the number of U.S. citizens held in the reclusive state to four. "We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea," a State Department spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea detains another US citizen

North Korea announced Sunday it had detained a US citizen for "hostile acts" -- its second arrest in a fortnight of an American as tensions rise between Pyongyang and Washington. Kim Hak-song was detained on Saturday, the state news agency KCNA reported. "A relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes," it added. It said Kim had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), as had the US citizen detained last month.


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

Candidates go all out for final stretch

Presidential candidates went all out to woo voters in their final campaigning over the weekend. With the election only two days away, they crisscrossed the country to meet as many voters as they could. On Sunday, four of the five main candidates rushed to Gangneung, Gangwon Province, where a large forest fire had broken out, to look into the victims' losses and inspect disaster prevention systems. Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party, Yoo Seong-min of the Bareun Party and Sim Sang-jung of the Justice Party made the trip.

Firefighters still battling Samcheok blaze after Gangneung fire put out

Firefighters and soldiers are still trying to extinguish a forest fire near the city of Samcheok, with only 30 percent of the blaze brought under control. Two houses have been destroyed and about 80 hectares burned. Nearby villagers have been evacuated. The KFS deployed 22 helicopters and 2,200 ground personnel to fight the blaze and another near Gangneung. The fire near Gangneung, 170 kilometers east of Seoul, were put out at 10:36 a.m. Sunday, according to the Korea Forest Service.

Moon assassination threat 'online flop'

An anonymous online threat to assassinate a leading presidential candidate turned out to be a nonsensical flop. An unidentified man, 26, turned himself in to Goseong-gun police in South Gyeongsang Province on Friday evening, confessing that hours earlier he had threatened online to assassinate Moon Jae-in the next day while he was giving free hugs to citizens in Hongdae district in western Seoul.

The unemployed college graduate told police he posted the threat as a joke to see how people would react.


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

U.S. Forces Korea set to establish ‘Humint’ for gathering N.K. intelligence

The U.S. Forces stationed in South Korea is preparing to establish a unit specializing in human intelligence (Humint), it was confirmed on Sunday. The move is aimed at further increasing the accuracy of information on North Korea by adding "information acquired by humans" to their intelligence. According to the U.S. Forces Korea, the 524th Military Intelligence Battalion, whose main mission is to collect and analyze human intelligence, will be established under the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade of the U.S. Eighth Army in October this year.

LG smartphones take up 20% of US market in Q1

LG Electronics recorded the highest market share by selling 7.3 million units of smartphones at the U.S. market over the first quarter of this year. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics (SA) on Sunday, LGE enjoyed a 20 percent of U.S. market share in the first quarter, up by 2.9 percentage points year-on-year. LG came third after the first Apple (34.5 percent) and Samsung Electronics (24.6 percent). Chinese firms ZTE (6.9 percent) and TCL-Alcatel (4.5 percent) took the fourth and fifth positions, but were still far behind to catch up with LG.

Hacking attack against presidential candidate in France followed by the U.S.

As the French presidential election results will be announced in two days, a final twist came when personal emails of Emmanuel Macron, presidential candidate of a new moderate party En Marche, and financial files of the party amounting to about 9GB were hacked and revealed. Macron led in the election poll. The hacked documents with the hashtag #MacronLeaks started trending worldwide via social networking sites hours before Saturday midnight when official election campaigning ends, and the hashtag was shared 47,000 times in three and a half hours. It is assumed that the attack was planned in advance considering that candidates cannot explain for days starting from Saturday until the election is over.

Green industrial complex to be built in Bucheon City

Bucheon City in Gyeonggi Province is announcing on Monday “Revision on 2030 Basic Plan for Bucheon City,” which has reflected the lifting of the restriction on 1.94 million-square-meter development restriction zone or green belt and building a green industrial complex. The revised plan has been approved by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and Gyeonggi Province, and it includes the development of previously-restricted areas into multisite of 1.358 million square meters and industrial site of 582,000 square meters.


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

Parents, Young Adults Disagree on Filial Duty

Parents feel that filial duty should consist mostly of emotional support, while their young adult children believe it means financial support and taking care of unwell parents. Prof. Yoo Gye-sook at Kyunghee University polled 210 college students and 198 parents and asked them to rate five factors -- physical support, emotional support, caregiving for sick parents, economic support, and dutiful behavior like regular visit. Yoo's team asked them to rate these factors on a scale of one to four and found that parents put the highest value or 3.14 on emotional support and the lowest of 2.56 on economic support.

Population Drain Spreads to Bigger Towns

Larger Korean towns are starting to suffer from the same kind of population drain that has afflicted rural villages for some time. The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements in a recent report said the population of 20 out of 77 provincial cities decreased, resulting in more and more empty homes. The researchers surveyed outflow or influx of residents and focused on cities whose population dwindled by more than 25 percent over the last 40 years. The biggest population drain was in North Gyeongsang Province, where seven big towns lost a lot of inhabitants -- Gyeongju, Gimcheon, Andong, Yeongju, Yeongcheon, Sangju and Moongyeong.

Most Apartments Nationwide More Than 10 Years Old

Three quarters of the apartments across the country are more than 10 years old. As of April, 74.8 percent or 7.18 million apartments of Korea's 9.61 million apartments were more than 10 years old, property information service Real Estate 114 said Wednesday. The biggest proportions were in Gyeonggi Province, with Pocheon and Ansan at 95.8 percent and 92 percent.


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

“Strangers” where they came from, and “foreigners” South Korea

Article 2 of the Enforcement Decree for the Overseas Korean Act defines two categories of overseas Koreans. The first includes those who previously possessed South Korean citizenship and direct descendents who have acquired citizenship in another country. The category also includes those who migrated overseas before the Republic of Korea government was established on Aug. 15, 1948. The second category includes individuals with citizenship in another country who have at least one parent or grandparent who possessed South Korean citizenship. Broken down, this means that the category of overseas Korean applies up to the third generation. So what about the fourth generation?

Minjoo and Justice Party candidates support law to assist ethnic Koreans from former Soviet Union

In connection with Hankyoreh reporting about the need to support and provide safe residence in their homeland for ethnic Koreans from the former Soviet Union, referred to using the Russian word Kareisky, the Minjoo Party and the Justice Party have announced policies to improve the related laws. The next question is whether Kareisky will be better treated under the new South Korean administration. At the National Assembly on May 2 at 11:30 am, representatives of the National Committee of Kareisky’s Forced Migration, which operates to guarantee and improve the rights of ethnic Koreans who have returned to Korea from the former Soviet Union, met with Minjoo Party Election Headquarters co-chief Kim Sang-gon and others to present a proposal which cited the problem of deportation of fourth-generation ethnic Koreans from former Soviet states under the provisions of the poorly formulated Law on Overseas Koreans and the Special Law on Ethnic Koreans from the Former Soviet Union.

When North Korean threat becomes tool for taking political advantage in Japan

For more than month after coming to Japan as the Hankyorehs Tokyo correspondent, the word that saw or heard the most in the Japanese news was probably Kitachosen (北朝鮮), which is Japanese for North Korea. For a month, there was an unending stream of news articles with headlines like “tension in North Korea” and “how to save Japanese in South Korea if the US attacks North Korea.” Perhaps such headlines could be overlooked, since it’s true that the Japanese are worried, but it was aggravating to see the titles of numerous articles in newspapers like the Evening Fuji (affiliated with the right-wing Sankei Shimbun) with hardly any evidence to back up their claims, such as one that predicted there would be one million refugees in the event of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Court rules that Kaesong Complex company not responsible for damages to client

According to a recent court ruling, if a company was forced to shut down its factories due to the closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, it does not need to take on the burden of responsibility for damages to the company it supplied to. The Seoul Central District Court Civil Division No. 15 announced on May 5 that in a lawsuit filed by two companies, including company “K,” against two companies, including company “J,” which had a factory in the Kaesong Industrial Complex, demanding payment for the price of materials, the court ruled in favor of J, finding that J was not obligated to pay.


JoongAngIlbo (http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/)

Record fine dust levels harm consumption

The country’s series of holidays in early May were expected to boost sales at shopping malls and entertainment facilities, but the record high of fine dust levels proved to be a major obstacle. Major regions in Korea such as Seoul, North Chungcheong and Gyeonggi saw the highest concentration this year for PM10, or particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter, on Saturday, prompting regional governments and the Ministry of Environment to issue alerts. The warning advised people going outdoors to wear masks. Lotte Department Store said its sales dropped 5 percent on Saturday compared to the previous Saturday.

Over 500 people evacuated due to wildfires, one killed

The wildfires that swept through roughly 130 hectares of forest in Gangneung and Samcheok, Gangwon, from Saturday burned down about 30 homes and at least 311 people were evacuated. There were no deaths or injuries reported. Another fire broke out in Sangju, North Gyeongsang, on Saturday, and was put out by Sunday morning. It burned down about 13 hectares of forests, killing one hiker and injuring two more. About 215 residents in the city were evacuated to a community center on Saturday.

North calls Trump policy ‘empty’ and ‘ineffective’

North Korea has released what appears to be its first-ever statement on the Donald Trump administration’s policy toward the country, in a review published on the state-run Rodong Sinmun on Saturday that criticizes Trump’s “maximum pressure and engagement” policy as being one of “strategic impatience.” The Trump administration is following in the footsteps of the Barack Obama administration, which pursued the failed ‘strategic patience’ policy,” said the review, written by an individual named Ri Kyong Su. “Trump’s ‘maximum pressure and engagement’ policy is in fact a ‘strategic impatience’ policy.”


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

Moon Jae-in Heading Straight for the Goal?

With the nineteenth presidential election just five days ahead, all attention is on whether Moon Jae-in will be able to maintain his position as "the trend" and expand his support; on who will win the battle for second place, Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party or Hong Jun-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party; and on whether Sim Sang-jeung of the Justice Party will be able to secure a double-digit proportion of the votes.

These issues are directly linked to the influence these candidates will have in the nation's political environment after the presidential election, not to mention the outcome of the election.

The Flood of Citizens' Support for the Bareun Party and What That Means

Support and donations for the Bareun Party have soared after the party’s lawmakers collectively turned their backs on the party. The number of applications for party members rose by 50-fold just a day after the lawmakers declared their departure from the party and donations have increased by 20-fold. This has led lawmaker Hwang Young-cheul to return to the party and has stopped lawmaker Jeong Woon-chun, who had been considering the option, from leaving. In a press conference commemorating one hundred days since the party's establishment yesterday, the party's secretary-general Kim Se-yeon said, "Unlimited support from the people, incomparable to the lawmakers' departure, has gathered around the Bareun Party." The Bareun Party and their candidate Yoo Seong-min have paradoxically come across an opportunity at a dead end when the party was practically cut in half.

The U.S. Mentioned the Cost of THAAD Only as an Attempt to Raise South Korea's Contribution in Defense Spending

The U.S. announced that it would adhere to the existing agreement and cover the costs for placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula. Instead, they also said that they would renegotiate issues concerning defense and the THAAD missiles. They made it clear that the reason the U.S. recently pressured South Korea with the THAAD system was not to have South Korea shoulder the costs for placing the interceptors, but to have South Korea, which relies entirely on the U.S. for its national defense, pay a reasonable price for defense.


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

Mutual Aid Associations Set to Be under Gov't Supervision

The balance of assets under management run by the Korea Teachers' Credit Union is in excess of 30 trillion won (US$26.4 billion) while that for the Military Mutual Aid Association reaches more than 9 trillion won ($7.9 billion). The Financial Services Commission believes that the system risk of the nation's mutual aid financial institutions is rising fast as their size gets bigger every year. For this reason, the regulator advocates that the mutual aid organizations be under regulatory supervision.

LG's Share in U.S. Smartphone Market Hit Record High

LG Electronics is making great strides in the U.S. smartphone market. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics on May 7, LG Electronics sold 7.3 million smartphones in the U.S. market in the first quarter of this year, gaining a share of 20.0 percent, up about 3 percentage points from 17.1 percent a year ago. This figure represents the largest market share that LG achieved in the U.S. smartphone market. The share was achieved even before LG released its brand-new flagship model G6.

Average Size of Smartphone Screen Forecast to Get Bigger by 0.1 Inch Per Year

When the iPhone was released first in 2007, the size of its screen was merely 3.5 inches. The size of smartphone screen, however, has increased thereafter and is forecast to get bigger by 0.1 inch per year, reaching 5.5 inches on average by 2019. According to market research firm IHS Markit on May 7, the average size of smartphone panels, which stood at 5.1 inches in 2015 and 5.2 inches in 2016, is forecast to reach 5.3 inches this year, 5.4 inches next year, and 5.5 inches in 2019.


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

Top presidential candidate Moon pledges regular visit to theater or concert

Moon Jae-in, favored to become South Korea's next president, promised to watch a movie or a concert once a month if he wins next week's election, envisaging his image of loving popular arts and culture.

The regular presence of a national leader mingling with citizens in theaters and concert halls will contribute much to the development of popular arts and culture, Moon said during his visit to a music town run by South Korea's leading talent agency SM Entertainment.

Father and Daughter found Guilty Killing Neighbor over Football

Kelly Machin, 34, of Leicester, United Kingdom, was brutally attacked on August 23, 2016, by her neighbor Natalie Bollen, 28, and her dad, William Jelly, 48, for bursting a football that flew into her backyard. Machin had been fed up with Bollen's kids constantly kicking balls over the fence into her backyard for months. She then finally punctured one football that flew in on August 23. Soon after, Bollen came over to Machin's home with a group of women to threaten her. They were overheard yelling, "Come out Kelly", and Bollen shouting, "You might not come out now Kelly, but I'm gonna kill ya."

United Airlines Passenger accidently sent to San Francisco instead of Paris

United Airlines did it again. This time, fortunately, was not a physical brawl, a verbal insult, or getting a passenger forcibly dragged off of a plane. A French passenger named Lucie Bahetoukilae boarded a plane in Newark, New Jersey, to head back to Paris. She went to the gate that was marked on her boarding pass, but unbeknownst her United changed the assigned gate at the last minute and did not send a notification via email.


Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Total 25,447 companies newly established in Korea in Q1, 2017

The number of newly established businesses in South Korea reached 25,447 in the first quarter this year with 59.6 percent or 15,174 set up in the Seoul metropolitan area. According to data compiled by Maeil Business Newspaper on Sunday, the number of corporations founded between January and March this year amounted to 25,447, the highest quarterly figure over the last three years. Among them, 31.2 percent or 7,944 was set up in Seoul, followed by Gyeonggi Province with 24.4 percent or 6,197 entities, the southern port city Busan with 5.2 percent or 1,319 and the western port city Incheon with 4.1 percent or 1,033 entities.

POSCO, Doosan Group join AMCHAM

South Korean companies who have high interests in deals with the United States are increasingly joining the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM). According to sources from the business circle on Sunday, the nation’s largest steelmaker POSCO has recently joined the American business interest group. “We decided to join the AMCHAM to deal with the Trump administration’s trade protectionism more effectively and strengthen business networks in the U.S.,” said an official from the company.

Hyundai and Kia’s Apr shipments to China hit 8-year low

South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller sibling company Kia Motors Corp. saw their combined China sales tumble 65.1 percent on year to reach 8-year low in April hit by recent diplomatic row with China over Korea’s deployment of the U.S. antimissile system. According to multiple industry sources Friday, the two carmakers sold a combined 51,059 units in China last month, down 65.1 percent from 146,378 units tallied a year earlier. It marks the second straight monthly drop there and also the lowest level since February 2009 when demand for automobiles took a beating in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.


What’s ticking around the world at this second?

See what the world media around the world have to report:

USA Today www.usatoday.com aallman@gannett.com

The New York Times www.nytimes.com inytletters@nytimes.com

Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com support@wsj.com, service@wsj-asia.com

Financial Times www.ft.com ean@ft.com

The Times www.thetimes.co.uk help@timesplus.co.uk

The Sun www.thesun.co.uk talkback@the-sun.co.uk

Chinese People's Daily www.people.com.cn kf@people.cn

China Daily www.chinadaily.com.cn circulation@chinadaily.com.cn

Gwangmyeong Daily www.gmw.cn webmaster@gmw.cn

Japan's Yomiuri www.yomiuri.co.jp japannews@yomiuri.com

Asahi www.asahi.com customer-support@asahi.com

Mainichi www.mainichi.jp

Le Monde www.ilemonde.com

Italy La Repubblica www.quotidiano.repubblica.it vittorio.zucconi@gmail.com

Germany Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung www.faz.net anzeigen.ausland@faz.de

Süddeutsche Zeitung www.sueddeutsche.de forum@sueddeutsche.de

Australia Brisbane Times www.brisbanetimes.com.au syndication@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au

Colombia Reports http://colombiareports.com

Bogota Free Planet http://bogotafreeplanet.combfp@bogotafreeplanet.com

El Universal http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english

Andes http://www.andes.info.ec/en

Ecuador Times http://www.ecuadortimes.net

The Jordan Times https://www.jordantimes.com

LSM.lv http://www.lsm.lv/en

The Baltic Times http://www.baltictimes.com lithuania@baltictimes.com, estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com

El Pais http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html

Philippine Daily Inquirer https://www.inquirer.net

Daily News Hungary http://dailynewshungary.com

Budapest Times http://budapesttimes.hu


Lee Kyung-sik  edt@koreapost.com

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