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April. 8, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notices, humor from a generous former Asian ambassador and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

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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The Korea Post notices:

Invitation to the world’s largest Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival

Your Excellecency:

Finally, it is the day after tomorrow! The opening day of the world’s largest tug-of-war event, the Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival, on Friday 10th April 2015. As an invitation letter has already been sent to each Excellency, Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City of Chungcheongnam-do Province cordially invites Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadors and Madams, to the Opening Ceremony of the Festival and a tour of the Cultural Assets of the Dangjin City and a Hands-on Experience in various folk events plus a tour of the Hyundai Steel Mill.

Please visit: /news/view.html?section=165&category=192&no=879

Most comfortable Deluxe 28-seat Limousine Buses have been reserved for the Excellencies and Madams for a comfortable traveling. Please scroll down to the bottom for further details and an invitation letter.

Partly cloudy skies are forecast for the area on that day (April 10) with a high of 17 degrees centigrade and a low of 4 degrees.

If the Invitation has failed to reach Your Excellency, please advise us at 010-5201-1740 or email edt@koreapost.com or korpost@chol.com.

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Attention the Embassy Education Officers, Community Relations Officers!

The presidents, vice presidents, secretary generals and other leading members of the Student Associations of different countries are taking part in the World’s largest Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival on Sunday 12th April 2015, which is two days after the Excelleencies’ attendance at the Festival earlier on Friday 10th April 2015. The student leaders of the different countries will be wearing their colorful traditional costumes representing each country.

The Education Officers, Community Relations Officers are cordially invited by Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City to witness the students’ excellent representation of their country in color national costumes of their country. The time is 0820 hours and the day Sunday 12 April 2015 and the meeting place is the Water Fountain site of Grand Hyatt Seoul. For inquires, please call David at 010 3481-1101 or Chairman Lee at 010-5201-1740.

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Today’s humor:

Humor from a generous former Asian ambassador

Murder Prescription

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, 'I would like to buy some cyanide.'

The pharmacist asked, 'Why in the world do you need cyanide?'

The lady replied, 'I need it to poison my husband.'

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, 'Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband. That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!'

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, 'Well now, that's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription.'

Editor’s note: Thank you, Excellency. Your are doing a great deal of favor to your former and incumbent colleagues in Korea and around the world.

Koreans have an old-saying, Ilso Ilso Ilno Ilno (一笑 一少 一怒 一老), literally meaning “One Laughter One Youngness, One Anger One Oldness.” So make love, not war--for youthfulness.

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Top headlines of major news media of Korea this morning:

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

Gov't Denounces Japan's Bluebook Claims to Dokdo

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Japan Repeats Claim to Dokdo in Diplomatic Bluebook

S. Korea Denounces Japan's Dokdo Claims in Textbooks

N. Korea Gives Positive Response to Call for Efforts on Wage Issue

Audit Agency to Dispatch Investigators for Energy Projects Probe

Park Calls for Local Assemblies' Cooperation on Regulatory Reform, Safety

KOSPI Ends Slightly Higher

National Debt Topped 1.2 Quadrillion Won in 2014

Auto Production, Exports Down in March

N. Korea: Dresden Initiative is Declaration of Confrontation

Gaeseong Heads Visit N. Korea to Address Wage Hike Demand

N. Korea Declares No-sail Zone in East Sea

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan says Abe Should Address Historical Issues

VOA: N. Korean Diplomat Caught Selling Liquor in Pakistan

Japan Repeats Claim to Dokdo in Diplomatic Bluebook

Anti-Hacking Competition Codegate 2015 Opens in Seoul

Civil Servants' Labor Union to Launch General Strike on April 24

State Health Insurer Presents Records of 3,400 Patients for Tobacco Lawsuit

Composer of "Our Wish" Dies at 89

Biographical Dictionary of Independence

Spring Flower Festival to Open in Yeouido

S. Korean Scientists Develop World's Best Thermoelectric Alloy

Gov't to Develop ActiveX Alternatives by 2017

S. Korean Scientists Develop Prognostic Assessment Technology for Leukemia

S. Korea Defeats Russia in Women's Football Friendly

Bild: Son Heung-min Most Expensive Player on Bayer Leverkusen

Lydia Ko Ties LPGA Record of 29 Straight Rounds Under Par

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

Samsung beats Apple in brand loyalty: poll

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N.K. believed to be capable of firing nuclear missile at U.S. mainland: U.S. northern commander

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Senior U.S. official calls THAAD 'critical' in defending against N.K. threats

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Prosecutors seek death sentence in appeals trial for Sewol captain

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N.K. believed to be capable of firing nuclear missile at U..

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China, Russia to closely cooperate on N. Korea nucl..

Iran nuclear deal good example for N. Korea: Christopher H..

Chinese ambassador to N. Korea pays tribute to son of late..

Samsung expands R&D spending: data

Samsung beats Apple in brand loyalty: poll

Seongnam FC remains on course for knockout stage at AFC Ch..

Top baseball league toughens doping penalties

Quiet start for S. Koreans in 2015 MLB season

PyeongChang finalizes names for 2018 Winter Olympic venues

Pirates' Kang Jung-ho watches opener from bench

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

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POSCO contractor under probe 

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Torso murder victim is Korean Chinese woman 

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Gov't promotes foreign investment in Saemangeum project 

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DongA Ilbo (http://english.donga.com)

Japan dismisses Korea’s protest over history textbook

Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Apr. 7, “We cannot accept their protest,” dismissing Korea’s outcry over Japanese middle school textbook that asserts Japanese territorial ownership of Dokdo,... 

LG G4 teaser touts world`s first F1.8 camera

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Only 14% of lawmakers reply to survey on N. Korean human rights act

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K-pop star turns into advocate for young part time workers

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17-year-old Lee Seung-woo listed among 500 most important footballers

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94 movie films of the 1950s, 1960s rediscovered

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Controversies over N. Korean leader’s call for ‘highest-level’ talks 

Ki Sung-yueng, Son Heung-min as promising Korean soccer players 

New year’s wishes change over time 

Samsung’s mobile phone beats Apple to top ACSI 

Actor Lee Jung-jae reported to be in a relationship with Daesang heiress 

N. Korean leader shows willingness to hold inter-Korean summit 

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Japanese police on 14-year manhunt for cruel murderer

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

Ferry Much Harder to Raise Than Navy Corvette

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Increased Risk of Heart Disease Linked to Losing a Spouse

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More Japanese Textbooks Push Dokdo Land Grab

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Choi Kyung-ju to Miss Master's for 1st Time in 13 Years

Buddy Film Pulls 2 Million Viewers in 2 Weeks

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Hankyoreh Shinmoon (http://english.hani.co.kr)

More Japanese textbooks to refer to Dokdo as Japanese territory

Increase in textbook claims is Tokyo’s latest regressive move on historical issues, that is likely to hinder rapprochement with Seoul

There has been a significant deterioration in the way Dokdo (called Takeshima in Japan) is introduced in the textbooks that will be taught in Japanese middle schools starting next year. Among a total of 18 textbooks in the three subjects that fall under the rubric of social studies - civics, geography, and history - the number of textbooks that refer to Dokdo as the “sovereign territory” of Japan will increase from nine to 15, while the number of textbooks that claim that South Korea is “illegally occupying the island jumped more than 200% from four to 13.

Vietnam veterans force cancellation of victims event in Seoul

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University founding new republic of students hungry for alternatives

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Comfort women and Vietnam War survivors pledge to fight together for justice

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[Reporter’s notebook] SK chairman: convicted of embezzlement, and still employed?

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Resource diplomacy ‘investments’ turn $30 billion into just $4.2 billion

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Resource diplomacy ‘investments’ turn $30 billion into just $4.2 billion

Nearly US$30 billion in overseas resource development project investments by the South Korean government generated a return of just US$4.2 billion, according to a Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) report released on Apr. 3.The numbers mark the first official confirmation by a government agency of the “report card” for overseas development efforts under the Lee Myung-bak administration (2008-13), during which 27 trillion won (US$24.9 billion) was invested. During a briefing on Apr. 3 .

Dispute over wage issue brewing at Kaesong Complex

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JoongAng Ilbo (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)

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Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)

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Samsung’ Q1 profit forecast beats expectations

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The Kyunghyang Shinmoon (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

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Invitation to Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Festival

Your Excellency:

I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City of Chungcheongnam-do Province, 87.5 miles (1 1/2 hours run) southwest of Seoul, cordially invites Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadors and Madams, to the Opening Ceremony of the Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival on Friday April 10, 2015 and a tour of the Cultural Assets of the Dangjin City, Hands-on Experience in various folk events plus a tour of the Hyundai Steel Mill.

Please visit: /news/view.html?section=165&category=192&no=879

Two Deluxe 28-seat Limousine Buses have been reserved for the Excellencies and Madams for comfortable traveling. Here is schedule:

0820 hours Friday April 10, 2015: Meet at Grand Hyatt Hotel (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 hosted by Mayor and Mrs. Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City.

1400-1420 hours: Wear traditional Korean costumes of the King, General and Court ladies.

1430-1630 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 Hyatt 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).

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Details of the Tug-of-War Culture Festival:

With citizens’ hope for registration as UNESCO heritage

Dangjin hosts 2015 Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival April 9-12

Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City the Chungcheongnam-do Province, some 87 miles southwest of Seoul, is hosting the 2015 Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Culture Festival for a four-day run on 9-12, 2015.

Designated by the Central Government as Important Cultural Asset No. 75, the Dangjin Gijisi Tug-of-War Game is becoming increasingly popular among the foreign residents in Korea and visitors as well as the Korean people.

Mayor Kim invites ambassadors and their families to attend the Festival on April 10, 2015 for the promotion of understanding and friendship between the Korean people and the members of the Diplomatic Corps.

This year, Mayor Kim has an expanded plan in terms of promotion of the image of the Festival and city to the outside world and for this purpose he plans to also invite foreign students in Korea two days later on April 12.

Dangjin Gijisi Juldarigi was designated also as a promising festival by the Central Government in 2013 for many interesting features, including the fact that the rope used is 200 meters long, 1 meter thick, and weighs 40 tons.

 It is the largest rope in the whole world and it takes 30 technicians full 60 days non-stop to make it.

The number of individuals participating in a single game is 300,000 persons who pull the rope in opposite directions at the same time. This makes it the largest folk festival on the planet.

Gijisi Juldarigi (tug of war) contains a variety of cultural significances including, but not limited to, teamwork for harmony and unity, efforts to overcome natural disasters in an agrarian society and the shamanistic beliefs that pray for abundance and prosperity.

Nearly 200,000 citizens of the Dangjin City are known to have applied for registration of this treasure as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity so that more and more people may watch and enjoy this cultural heritage, to which end the citizens of Dangjin are striving.

Elected to the Dangjin City in June last year, Mayor Kim has a strong pride of the Dangjin Region. He says, “We are a central city in the Pan Yellow Sea region. We will relive the hey-day of Dangjin, which was a port city that traded with the Tang Dynasty of China. As a harbor city with an ideal environment for the agricultural, industrial and maritime trade sectors, Dangjin is quickly developing into the hub of Korean-Chinese trade in the Pan Yellow Sea region.”

Then he said that Dangjin is a city where culture and arts are flourishing, whereas the city attracts a stream of visitors annually with its rich culture and fascinating arts and related events.

“We host the Gijisi Tug of War Festival celebrating the 500-year-old game that was played to pray for fecundity and good harvest and to build solidarity and a sense of community among the residents,” Mayor Kim accents the popularity of the representative festival of the city. The Dangjin Gijisi Juldarigi (tug of war) has a history of 500 years.

He says, “There also are a number of historical sites such as the Solmoe Sacred Site, where the first priest of Korea and martyr, Andrew Kim Taegon, was born, as well as the Silli Sacred Site that is considered the cradle of Korean Catholicism.”

Dangjin City is the considered the most vigorously developing area in the Republic of Korea and is as competitive as any city in Korea with unlimited growth potential.

Dangjin has three Industrial complexes, namely, Godae, Bugok and Seokmun, with a Steel Industrial Complex developed near Hyundai Steel Co., Ltd. Dangjin has one port and two highways, giving it excellent conditions for logistics. Quite a few foreign companies prefer to invest here and we would greatly appreciate your keen attention and promotion as well.

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