The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Korean Air heiress returns home amid probe into violent tantrum

Ms. Cho Hyun-min, the controversial second daughter of chairman of Korean Air

The second daughter of the chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. returned home from an overseas trip on Sunday amid controversy over claims that she hurled water into the face of an advertising firm employee last month.

Police launched a preliminary inquiry into Cho Hyun-min, a senior executive at the country's largest air carrier, on Friday after media reports that she yelled and threw water at a manager of the company's advertising agency during a business meeting in her office in Seoul on March 16.

Cho is the sister of Cho Hyun-ah, who was jailed in 2014 in the so-called nut rage scandal, in which she ordered her flight back to an airport gate in New York because she was upset about the way her nuts were served on the plane.

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Opposition parties call for special investigation into opinion rigging scandal

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Tuesday called for an independent counsel investigation into suspicions that pro-government supporters with membership of the ruling Democratic Party attempted to rig online public opinions.Three suspects have been detained for allegedly using a computer program to jack up the number of "like" or "feel the same way" clicks for comments critical of the government on news stories carried by the online portal Naver.They reportedly told police earlier that they obtained a rigging program and wanted to make it look like conservatives manipulated online opinions as they tried to test the program. The leader is a blogger, surnamed Kim, who goes by the alias "Druking."

S. Korean businesses voice concerns in U.S. over steel exports

The head of a South Korean traders association met with deputy U.S. trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish and conveyed industrywide concerns over steel import restrictions, the organization said Tuesday.Kim Young-ju, CEO of Korea International Trade Association (KITA), said the South Korean steel industry is relieved by Washington's move to exempt its companies from the list of countries subject to steel tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.Still, the South Korean steel industry has lingering concerns because a U.S. guideline on setting a quota for steel imports has not been set.The KITA chief also called on the United States to come up with reasonable guidelines to ensure that U.S. companies that need South Korean steel products are not affected.South Korea shipped 3.6 million tons of steel products to the U.S. last year, making it the No. 3 steel exporter after Canada and Brazil, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

‘Laos has 18 important programs in ‘the 2018 Visit Laos Year!’

Ambassador Khamsouay Keodalavong of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic said, “As you may be aware, this year is the ‘Visit Laos Year 2018’ and the Lao Government has set up and proceeds 18 main

activities in every province across the country such as Lao water festival, Thatluang festival, and Xayabouly elephant festival etc.”Speaking at the Lao New Year celebration at the Korean Ministry of Defense Convention Hall at Samgakchi, Seoul on April 13, 2018, Ambassador Keodalabeong, then stated, “Some activities abroad in order to propagate and promote its tourism and culture, and to attract foreign tourists to visit Laos, the Lao Government and people expect to welcome 5.3 million foreign tourists, including over two hundred thousand Koreans, to visit Laos.”



FSS Chief Steps Down after Two Weeks in Office

The head of the Financial Supervisory Service(FSS) has offered to resign shortly after the election watchdog concluded that his past behavior and donations violated the law.According to the national financial watchdog, FSS Governor Kim Ki-sik offered his resignation following the National Election Commission's(NEC) conclusion on Monday.The presidential office said that it respects the NEC's assessment, adding that it will accept Kim's resignation. President Moon Jae-in said last week that he would dismiss Kim if there was an objective finding that any one of his activities conducted while he was a lawmaker was illegal.

Korean Air Suspends Owner's Daughter over Power Abuse Scandal

Korean Air has temporarily suspended the youngest daughter of the company's chairman from her official duties over allegations she abused her power by throwing water at an advertising agency employee.The nation's largest air carrier said in a press release on Monday that Senior Vice President Cho Hyun-min will be on administrative leave until police announce the result of their ongoing investigation into the case. The 35-year-old, who handled the company’s advertising projects, came under fire after an audio file was released earlier this month in which a woman, presumed to be Cho, is heard yelling at an executive-level official. It was also found that previously Cho illegally served as an executive for Korean Air’s budget carrier, Jin Air, for six years. A Jin Air official said she stepped down from the post in 2016 over concerns it could create controversy.

PM: Gov't Will Always Remember Sewol, Find out the Truth

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon says the government will learn from the deadly sinking of the Sewol ferry to create a safer country. Lee made the vow on Monday in a speech at the government’s joint memorial ceremony for the victims of the country's biggest maritime disaster that took place exactly four years ago. The prime minister said the Moon Jae-in administration will always remember the tragic incident and find the truth behind what went wrong. Lee said the incident has exposed “embarrassing elements” of the nation, including how society as a whole is insensitive to the lives of people and safety. He said it taught that an irresponsible and incapable government can cause immense misfortune to the people and that distortion of truth can be a cruel crime.


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Police seek travel ban for Korean Air heiress over alleged assault

Police said Tuesday they are seeking a travel ban on a senior executive of Korean Air Lines Co. as part of an investigation into allegations that she insulted an advertising firm official over a business meeting.

The Seoul Gangseo Police Station said it has booked Cho Hyun-min, younger daughter of the airline chief, as a suspect and also requested the justice ministry to ban her from leaving the country. Police said the preliminary investigation against Cho has now become a formal criminal case. Cho is accused of yelling at the ad firm manager and throwing a cup of water in his face at a business meeting last month. Police launched a preliminary investigation last week to decide whether to formally pursue the case. Police questioned officials of the ad firm as reference witnesses Monday to cross-check arguments from both sides.

Opposition parties call for special investigation into opinion rigging scandal

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Tuesday called for an independent counsel investigation into suspicions that pro-government supporters with membership of the ruling Democratic Party attempted to rig online public opinions.Three suspects have been detained for allegedly using a computer program to jack up the number of "like" or "feel the same way" clicks for comments critical of the government on news stories carried by the online portal Naver.They reportedly told police earlier that they obtained a rigging program and wanted to make it look like conservatives manipulated online opinions as they tried to test the program. The leader is a blogger, surnamed Kim, who goes by the alias "Druking."The scandal has hit the ruling camp hard, especially in the wake of revelations that Rep. Kim Koung-soo of the ruling Democratic Party, considered one of the closest people to President Moon Jae-in, has known and communicated with Druking since 2016.

S. Korea to join U.S.-led Air Force engineer exercise

South Korea's Air Force said Tuesday it will take part in a multinational civil engineer training hosted by the U.S. Pacific Air Forces.The Silver Flag drill is scheduled to open on Wednesday for an 11-day run at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.The annual practice is aimed at strengthening partnerships and promoting interoperability among civil engineers across the region in dealing with various contingency situations.South Korea's Air Force service members plan to participate in eight programs -- command control, runway damage recovery, emergency force support, engineering technology, fire fight and rescue, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) operations, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and the construction of alternative facilities.


The Korea Herald (

Feud-ridden FSS chief offers to resign

The Financial Supervisory Service Gov. Kim Ki-sik on Monday offered to resign, shortly after the election watchdog concluded that his past behavior as a lawmaker violated laws."I have offered my resignation (to the presidential office)," the FSS quoted Kim as saying.The National Election Commission, after an hours-long meeting, said that Kim's donation of 50 million won ($46,577) to a group of former and incumbent lawmakers of his home Democratic Party breached the Public Official Election Act.The NEC also found fault with his overseas business trips which were sponsored by financial institutions, saying that they could be in violation of the Political Funds Act, depending on the details of each occasion.

After four years, Korean government holds first memorial for Sewol ferry disaster

Some 5,000 Koreans gathered in the city of Ansan for the government’s first memorial remembering victims of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster on Monday, which marked the fourth anniversary of one of the country’s worst maritime disasters that claimed the lives of more than 300 people. Ansan in Gyeonggi Province is where the vast majority of the victims -- high school students who were on a school trip to Jeju Island -- lived. Most of them were second-year students at Danwon High School located in the city. “Many say time will make things better, but I feel like such sayings are all lies. (Four years have gone by and) I‘m still not okay. I’m still not ready to let you go,” Nam Seo-hyeon, an older sister of the late Nam Ji-hyeon, one of the many Danwon High School students who lost their lives in the disaster, said in her open letter to her sister.

NK leader says Chinese artists' visit will help strengthen ties

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that a Chinese art troupe's visit to the North will significantly help consolidate ties between Pyongyang and Beijing, state media reported Tuesday.The North's leader and his wife Ri Sol-ju on Monday watched a ballet choreodrama of "Red Women Company" by the Chinese art troupe, which is visiting the North to take part in an art festival as part of cultural exchange programs, the Korean Central News Agency said. The trip came in a thawing sign of the two countries' strained ties after Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing last month and met Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of his planned summits with South Korea and the United States.


The Korea Times (

China releases 30 North Korean defectors: report

China has released 30 North Korean defectors who some feared would be forcibly sent back to the reclusive state, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday, citing a defector who has taken asylum in South Korea.The defector told the U.S.-funded broadcaster the previous day that the Chinese government freed them as it is concerned about criticism in the international community that Beijing deports North Korean defectors back to their home country, where they face severe punishment.He alleged that Chinese authorities last month caught many defectors who had long stayed in China but did not have an identification card when strengthening security and inspection around a March 25-28 visit to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

S. Korea qualify for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

South Korea have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup after they finished fifth at a continental football tournament. South Korea, 16th in the FIFA rankings, routed 72th-ranked Philippines 5-0 in the fifth-place match at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup at Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan, on Monday (local time). The AFC Women's Asian Cup, which features eight teams, doubles as the final Asian qualifier for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, with the top five nations qualifying for the showpiece event in women's football.The top two teams from the two groups that reached the semifinals were awarded the World Cup spots, while the third-place teams from each group had to square off in the fifth-place match to earn the last ticket to the World Cup.

Foreigners with voting rights being ignored

In 2005, South Korea gave foreign permanent residents with F-5 visas the right to vote in local elections. The upcoming June 13 local elections will be the fourth time for these people to exercise their voting rights since the law revision.However, the government and the National Election Commission (NEC) are still failing to provide candidate information in other languages, virtually violating the voting rights of foreigners who cannot speak Korean, multiple sources claimed Monday.Amid the growing influx of foreign workers and permanent residents in Korea, their rights have been expanded in recent years. However, they still have limited access to information about elections. Currently, Korean language proficiency is needed to get information about candidates and go through the voting process.


Chosun Ilbo (

Park Abandons Appeal

Ex-President Park Geun-hye has given up on appealing against her 24-year jail sentence for corruption and abuse of power, the Seoul Central District Court said Monday.Park missed the deadline for her appeal last Friday and submitted a waiver to the court on Monday to override an appeal filed by her younger sister last week.Prosecutors have launched their own appeal because they consider the sentence too lenient.

Park's decision means she will probably boycott the proceedings just as she boycotted the last few months of her trial and it will go ahead without her.

Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

The former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, has predicted Pyongyang will drag out talks about its nuclear program as long as possible while extracting concessions.Thae Yong-ho was quoted on Monday as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will drag on for two to three years" without dismantling his nuclear weapons "while waiting for the U.S. president to be replaced."

GM in Tense Standoff with Korean Labor Union

GM is locked in a tense standoff with its Korean labor union as an April 20 negotiating deadline set by the U.S. automaker approaches. If the two sides fail to narrow differences over wages cuts and other cost-saving measures, GM Korea faces court receivership, which could cost more than 150,000 assembly line workers their jobs.GM headquarters in Detroit has issued an ultimatum warning unionized workers that they have until this Friday to agree to cost-cutting measures or risk bankruptcy for GM Korea. GM withdrew a request for a short-term loan to finance operations and told state-run Korea Development Bank, GM Korea's second-largest shareholder, to show up for negotiations.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

White House remains committed to US-North Korea summit

The White House announced that while a place and date for a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been decided, it remains unchanged in its plans to hold the meeting in “May or early June.”A senior US government official declined to give details when asked about the meeting’s place and schedule during an Apr. 13 briefing on a US-Japan summit scheduled for Apr. 17–18, but said Trump’s public remarks about the summit being held in May or early June were still valid. With a decision on the summit’s venue required for security and protocol issues to be discussed, observers are predicting Pyongyang and Washington will not be able to put the matter off much longer.The official also responded to reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to request discussions during the North Korea-US summit on eliminating missiles within firing range of Japan, stressing that Trump was “always keeping careful consideration of the interests of our allies and our alliances as well as the interests of securing the American people here at home.”

Blue House entering final stages of preparation for inter-Korean summit

Twelve days before the inter-Korean summit on Apr. 27, the Blue House has entered the final stages of coordination. Amid a flurry of working-level and high-level meetings about communications, protocol, security and reporting, the Blue House is working to set the mood by unveiling a platform for communicating with the public about the summit.Over this weekend, President Moon Jae-in cleared his schedule and remained in his residence as he continued planning for the summit. He is reportedly focusing on a way to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a permanent peace treaty, which South Korea regards as the main agenda items, and on a strategy facilitate results in the subsequent North Korea-US summit.

North Korea increases diplomatic efforts with China, Russia, and Mongolia ahead of spring summits

Pyongyang appears to be increasing its diplomatic efforts with friendly nations ahead of its summit with Seoul and Washington. Analysts see North Korea as attempting to firm up its own position and expand the playing field for dialogue by establishing even closer ties with friendly nations such as China, Russia, and Mongolia.The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, printed a front-page article and photograph on Apr. 15 on leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting the day before with Chinese Communist Party International Liaison Department director Song Tao, who was visiting North Korea with a group of Chinese artists. According to the piece, Kim “expressed satisfaction with the recent development of relations between the two parties and countries [North Korea and China], announcing plans to continue strengthening party relations with exchanges of high-level delegations between the two sides and actively promoting cooperation and associations among various areas and fields to actively carry on and develop the traditional friendly relations between North Korea and China to a new stage of development to meet new historical demands.”


JoongAng Ilbo (

Kim resigns from FSS post after NEC ruling

Kim Ki-sik, the head of Korea’s financial watchdog, resigned after the National Election Commission (NEC) determined on Monday that he violated laws related to political contributions by rushing to donate his money to a think tank months before his term ended as a lawmaker.The Blue House said it would accept his resignation.After a meeting that lasted over four hours, the NEC concluded that Kim, who took over as governor of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) at the start of this month, had given about 50 million won ($46,500) from his political coffers to a think tank called “A Better Future” that comprised first- and second-term lawmakers in the Democratic Party, including himself.

Opinion manipulation linked to DP lawmaker

Police are looking into whether expelled members of the ruling Democratic Party ran a systematic online opinion manipulation campaign to tilt the race in favor of Moon Jae-in’s candidacy in last year’s presidential election, a probe that could prove to be embarrassing for the Blue House and ruling party ahead of the June 13 local elections.

Household debt risks are new focus of government

With household debt in Korea growing at a slower pace, the government is now trying to address the related risks. Measures to accomplish this include reducing loans made by a state-run provider and increasing the share of fixed-rate loans, which are considered less vulnerable to rising interest rates than variable-rate loans.In a press briefing Monday, Choi Jong-ku, chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the country’s financial regulator, said the government will reduce the amount of mortgages known as conforming loans by as much as 1 trillion won ($930.7 million).A conforming loan refers to the mortgage provided by the Korea Housing-Finance Corporation, a state-run housing loan provider. It is a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage and local banks issue the loans on behalf of the Korea Housing-Finance Corporation.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Cultural Festival, Yellow Ribbons, and a Shamanistic Ritual for the Dead, "We Won't Forget"

Events commemorating the victims and calling for the disclosure of the truth were held nationwide ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Sewol disaster. On April 15 at Mokpo New Port, where the Sewol is located, a cultural festival remembering the four years after the Sewol accident was held. Over seventy of the bereaved families of the victims attended this day's event. Citizens also visited in memory of that day. Choi Sang-yeol (51), from Dongnae-gu, Busan, said, "Everything that the people want to know, such as why the ferry sank, has to be clearly disclosed."

D-ruking, a Pro-Moon “Power Blogger,” Demanded the Consul-General Position in Osaka

On April 15, it was confirmed that Kim (48), who was arrested for manipulating online public opinion criticizing the Moon Jae-in government, asked a Democratic Party of Korea lawmaker for the consul general position in Osaka after the presidential election. Kim is a famous critic who has been active online under the name, D-ruking, and had shown a pro-Moon Jae-in tendency. This incident triggered controversy after it was revealed that Kim was a member of the party and that he had secretly been in contact with Kim Kyoung-soo, a Democratic Party lawmaker, via the messenger, Telegram.

More Voices Call for Kim Ki-sik to Step Down: Cheong Wa Dae Facing the Opposition Head on

Public opinion calling for Kim Ki-sik, chairman of the Financial Supervisory Service to step down is growing louder. Kim is at the center of controversy for allegedly enjoying overseas business trips costing tens of millions of won paid by institutions under his supervision. The Liberty Korea Party raised additional allegations against Kim and all four opposition parties including the Justice Party are calling for Kim to step down.However, on April 12, Cheong Wa Dae consulted the National Election Commission on its interpretation of Kim's actions to determine whether they were legitimate and maintained its position against Kim's resignation. This is fueling political conflicts concerning the future status of Kim.


AJU Business Daily (

KT head faces police interrogation over illegal political donations

Hwang Chang-gyu, the chairman of South Korea's top telecom company KT Corp., will be questioned this week over illegal political donations by company executives to lawmakers.Police said Hwang has been asked to appear for questioning on Tuesday. He was appointed as KT's chief in 2014 and his second three-year term began in March last year.KT executives are suspected of purchasing gift vouchers with company funds and cashing them out for private political donations to lawmakers on committees related to KT's business between 2014 and 2017. Company donations to lawmakers are banned and individuals are not allowed to donate more than five million won (4,673 US dollars) a year.

Police question KT chief in probe into illegal political donations

Police quizzed KT Corp. chairman Hwang Chang-gyu Tuesday in an investigation into allegations that company executives have made illegal political donations to lawmakers for the smooth operation of South Korea's largest telecom company.Hwang was appointed as KT's chief in 2014 and his second three-year term began in March last year. KT executives are suspected of purchasing gift vouchers with company funds and cashing them out for private political donations to lawmakers on committees related to KT's business between 2014 and 2017.In South Korea, company donations to lawmakers are banned and individuals are not allowed to donate more than five million won (4,673 US dollars) a year.

S. Korean consumers express curiosity toward autonomous shopping cart

South Korean consumers expressed curiosity, amazement and apprehension at "eli", an autonomous smart shopping cart which was showcased Tuesday at a warehouse store. It follows shoppers like a faithful puppy and helps them browse items and pay up with credit cards or a built-in mobile payment system.The cart developed under a pet project by Chung Yong-jin, the de facto head of the country's retail conglomerate Shinsegae, was put to a four-day test run at the E-mart warehouse store located in Seoul's southern satellite city of Hanam.eli was introduced first by Chung, known as a tech-savvy early adopter, last month in a video uploaded onto his Instagram. The group's vice chairman said the cart was fitted with sensors which can recognize shoppers and calculate the total weight of products it is carrying.


Maeil Business News Korea (

U.S. presses Korea to disclose FX operation, keeps it on watch list

Washington kept Seoul on the watch list for its alleged interventions in the currency market and pressured it to disclose details of its currency operations. No countries including China were labeled as a currency manipulator in the U.S. Treasury Department’s biannual currency exchange report released Friday, which tracks the foreign exchange movements of major trade partners. It releases a review every six months in April and October. India was newly blacklisted for “close attention” to join South Korea, China, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland.

S. Korea’s Coinone launches crypto exchange in Indonesia

South Korea’s major cryptocurrency exchange Coinone has opened a trading platform in Jakarta, Indonesia, becoming the first Korean virtual currency exchange to advance into an overseas market. According to the Korean platform provider, it has established Coinone Indonesia and began receiving month-long registration from users who would like to trade cryptocurrencies. The company aims to launch official service on May 24. Coinone Indonesia will offer trading service for six virtual currencies - bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ethereum classic, light coin, and quantum.

Hyundai Electric buys U.S. transformer plant at $28.8 mn

South Korea’s Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co. has agreed to buy a full stake in a U.S. transformer plant under its sister company Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. that is expected to help it enhance its competition in the North American market amid rising trade barriers. Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems said on Sunday it has purchased a 100 percent stake in Hyundai Power Transformers USA in Alabama, the U.S. at 30.9 billion won ($28.8 million). The Alabama plant, established by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2010, has an annual capacity of 14,000 megavolt-amperes, capable to churn out 80 units of transformers.


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