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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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

/s/

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

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Time is running out, and there are less than 3 weeks away to the Lotte Tower tour.

Has Your Excellency made reservation yet—for the Ambassador Tour of the Lotte World Tower on Friday 19, January 2018?

As we have already informed the Excellencies, the Host (President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company) has included in the list of ‘What to See’ that day the treasured Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France (1808-1873).

Lotte World recently won a bidding for it for nearly 2.6 billion Won, and puts it on display for the Ambassadors

To see on Friday 19 January 2018!

President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company cordially invite Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadadors and Madams, to a Special VVIP Tour of the famed Lotte World Tower on the morning of Friday 19 January 2018.

The exhibits on that day include the Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France. Please visit: http://www.koreapost.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=5725

The Tour is orgaized by The Korea Post media at invitation of President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company.

The tour schedule is as follows:

09:30 hours Friday 19 January 2018: Meet at the Cartier of the Avenuel Hall on the 1st Floor of the Lotte World Jamsil builing. (Cars may be parked at the Parking Lot of the Lotte World Tower Building.)

09:40-10:10 hours: Vivit the Public Information Center, view video presentations.

10:20-11:00 hours: Tour the Lotte World Tower Observation hall.

11:00-12:00 hours: Vivist the 123 Lounge and attend a snack-beverage meeting hosted by President Park and the other leaders of the Lotte World Tower.

12:00 hours: Leave the Lotte World Tower.

Note: The Visitor's Car may be parked at the Parking Lot of the Lotte World.

To make reservation, please call Ms. Kim Jung-mi at 010-3388-1682 or Ms. Shin Eugene at 010-6589-4378.

Very Resepctfully Yours

/s/

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

The Korea Post media

Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France

Scary? Yes, right down below your feet sprawl the downtown Seoul as you stand on the

Observation Tower on the 123rd floor of the Lotte Tower.

Picturesque garden and surrounding areas of the Lotte Tower Building.

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Round-up of important news stories from major Korean dailies today:

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

N.K. open to sending delegation to PyeongChang Olympics: leader

North Korea could send a delegation to the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics to be held in South Korea and is open to talks with Seoul over it, the North's leader said in his New Year's speech Monday.

PyeongChang Olympics' top organizer welcomes N. Korean interest in participation

The top organizer for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Monday welcomed North Korea's expression of interest in participation in the games, saying the gesture was akin to "a gift on New Year's Day."

Ex-president denies alleged dual contract with UAE

Former President Lee Myung-bak on Monday denied allegations that his government had signed a dual contract with the United Arab Emirates in relation to South Korea's exports of nuclear reactors to the Middle East nation while showing a cynical attitude toward the incumbent government.

Air passenger traffic in S. Korea up 9 pct in Nov.

South Korea's air passenger traffic rose in November on strong demand for outbound trips, government data showed Monday. A total of 9.07 million passengers used international and domestic flights in November, up 9 percent from a year ago, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation said.

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

S. Korea Welcomes Kim Jong-un's Dialogue Proposal

South Korea has welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's speech where he proposed to open inter-Korean talks and hinted at sending a delegation to the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Trump Says 'We'll See' about Kim Jong-un's Nuclear Claim

U.S. President Donald Trump has avoided commenting on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's speech where he warned that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened.

Korea Hosts Olympics for First Time in 30 Years

Two-thousand and eighteen has many major sporting events in store, starting with the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. South Korea is hosting the event for the first time in 30 years since the 1988 summer Olympics and aims to finish in the top four.

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

Seoul needs to respond with principle to U.S. FTA renegotiation pressure: KITA chief

South Korea must respond to the United States' unprecedented trade pressure with unwavering principle, the chief of the country's leading international traders organization said Tuesday.

President Moon marks start of new year with visit to National Cemetery

President Moon Jae-in made a customary visit to the National Cemetery on Tuesday that also marked the first day of his official duty in new year. The president was accompanied by a number of top government officials and other political leaders, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok.

Ministry to build memorial for colonial-era 'provisional government'

South Korea's veterans ministry announced a plan Tuesday to build a memorial for the nation's "provisional government," which was based in China during Japan's colonial rule of Korea.

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

Challenges await South Korea in 2018

For South Korea, 2017 was full of upheavals, including the ouster and imprisonment of a scandal-ridden former president and the dramatic rise of a new progressive government.

The real challenges, however, seem to lie ahead in 2018 as the nation faces a number of events that will test the capacity of the administration and the people.

Kim says N.Korea could participate in South's Winter Olympics

Kim Jong-un on Monday gave the first indication that North Korea could participate in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, despite tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Korean Peninsula at crossroads in 2018

Around this time last year, speculation was rampant that 2017 would be the most tumultuous year in decades amid growing uncertainties over the decadeslong nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States.

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

Kim Jong-un says willing to send delegation to PyeongChang

North Korea is willing to send its delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 9 to 25, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's address, Monday.

At the start of the year, most everything becomes news

As soon as 2018 began, everything seems to have become a newsfeed ― from who was born first to who visited or left the country first, which celebrities became embroiled in the first scandal, who died in the first car accident.

Two faces of dead girl's father

The parents of missing girl Ko Jun-hee, who found dead last week, had been getting along with neighbors and had a good reputation in the neighborhood, reports said Monday.

Some neighbors called the five-year-old's father a "superman."

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Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

How Social Media Are Changing Korean Society

Social media are changing the ways Koreans interact, leading to ever fewer face-to-face encounters. But that extra distance also means that many have become more open about sharing slices of their private lives.

Almost Half of High-Income Couples Have No Kids

Income growth in the top bracket has not translated into rising birthrates in Korea, which is suffering a heavy slowdown in population growth.

The number of salaried workers earning more than W100 million a year surpassed 600,000 as of last year (US$1=W1,068).

Hangover Prevention Best Taken 30 Minutes Before Drinking

The festive season is a time for heavy drinking, and hangover preventions can really help make the morning after easier. Doctors recommend taking them half an hour before drinking alcohol.

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HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)

Anglican minister awarded Order of Civil Merit for service to migrant workers

I hope this will be an occasion for recognizing migrants as part of South Korean society,” says Father Lee Jeong-ho. When newly ordained Anglican minister Lee Jeong-ho, now 60, first crossed Machi Ridge in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, and entered the village of Maseok in June 1990, it was still a place for people with Hansen’s disease.

South Korean Constitutional Court takes up the question of NIS “packet interception”

Arguments begin on the constitutionality of intercepting data from the internet and social media. Packet interception is a method that intercepts all data traveling over online circuits, providing images of what a user sees on his or her internet or social media. But is it allowed under the South Korean Constitution?

Rise of Bitcoin causing a reexamination of basic questions about finance and currency

The price of the virtual currency has risen 1,500% in 2017. The still pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto published the first paper about Bitcoin (“Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”) in October 2008. For several years after that, the virtual currency remained on the margins of the vast financial market, little more than a low buzz on the fringe.

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JoongAng Ilbo (http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/)

Kim’s New Year’s address strikes a conciliatory note

Kim Jong-un said he is willing to send a North Korean delegation to the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in a New Year’s address Monday, adding both Koreas “could urgently meet” to discuss the matter.

Exports hit record in 2017 of $573.9 billion

Korea’s exports hit record high in 2017, rising by nearly 16 percent over the previous year. Outbound shipments from Korea in 2017 totaled $573.9 billion, up 15.8 percent from 2016, an all-time high since the government began tracking the data in 1956, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

FTC permits restaurants to charge no-shows

The country’s antitrust watchdog has come up with tighter rules against no-shows and cancellations at restaurants after the owners of food and beverage stores raised the issue of guests failing to show up.

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The KyungHyang Shinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

"Important Problems Concerning the Comfort Women Agreement... Seek Follow-up Measures"

On December 28, President Moon Jae-in spoke on the comfort women agreement with Japan and said, "Despite that this is an official promise between governments ratified by the heads of the two states, I, as the president, along with the people clearly state once again that the comfort women issue cannot be solved with this agreement."

Real-Name Trading of Virtual Currency and a Possible Shut Down of the Exchange

Starting January next year, South Korea will introduce a real-name trading system for virtual currency. The opening of virtual accounts without verification of the user's real name will be suspended immediately.

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

[AJU VIDEO] Happy New Year!!

New Year greeting from AJU Business Daily staff. Happy New Year! Hope 2018 will be full of laughter and love. Thank you for being our loyal readers.

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

Mega IPOs to hit S. Korean stock market in 2018

The South Korean stock market is bracing up for blockbuster arrivals as companies with an estimated market cap around 1 trillion won ($936 million) are expected to go public this year.

LG Display unveils 88-inch 8K OLED display

LG Display Co., South Korea’s top display manufacturer, said Monday that it developed the world’s first 8K, 88-inch organic light emitting diodes (OLED) display. Its latest display offers a 7680×4320 resolution, 16 times higher compared to full HD (1920×1080) and four times more than UHD (3840×2160), the company claimed.

More than half of Kospi-listed shares end 2017 lower despite stock market bull run

Although South Korea’s stock market enjoyed an unprecedented bull run this year, gains were limited to only a few and left more than half of stocks listed on the main Kospi end 2017 lower than the previous year, data showed.

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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.cnkf@people.cn

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

GwangmyeongDaily 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 LaRepubblica www.quotidiano.repubblica.it vittorio.zucconi@gmail.com

Germany Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung www.faz.net anzeigen.ausland@faz.de

SüddeutscheZeitung www.sueddeutsche.de forum@sueddeutsche.de

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

Sydney Morning Heraldwww.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.comlithuania@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

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The Korea Post is running video clips from the different embassies.

Azerbaijan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8CBpcQ4WM

Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s

Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE

And many other countries.

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TO ERR ON THE SAFER SIDE!

I trust that Your Excellency may be aware that we are ready to fully meet ALL the information dissemination-acquisition requirements of the Embassies—free of charge.

Please visit the following URLs and order us:

Real time-updated Korean Internet news http://www.koreapost.co.kr/

Real time-updated English Internet news http://www.koreapost.com/

20-page Korean-language newspaper http://www.koreapost.co.kr/pdf/list.php

English E-daily http://www.koreapost.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=5504

English monthly magazine The Korea Post http://www.koreapost.com/cover/coverList.html

To satisfy your information dissemination-acquisition requirements, please drop a line at edt@koreapost.com, pub@koreapost.com or yeskoreapost@gmail.com

The publisher-chairman of The Korea Post media is serving the Diplomatic Community for more than 40 years, 32 years with The Korea Post and 10 years with The Korea Herald as the Cultural Editor who covered the Diplomatic Community.

For quick response, call Chairman Lee directly at 010-5201-1740 or reporters at 010-3388-1682 or 010-7584-5873.

Lee Kyung-sik  edt@koeapost.com

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