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Dec. 21, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

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

Lee Kyung-sik


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At press conference at National Assembly this morning

Ahn pledges all efforts for the transfer of control of government

By Kim Hyung-dae

Rep. AhnCheol-soodeclared that he will do everything he can in his power to achieve the transfer of the control of government. Speaking at a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul on Dec. 21, 2015, Ahnpledged that he will fight for the people who are discriminated against in society where the rich become richer and the poor poorer. Excerpts from the remarks of Ahn follow:

Rep. AhnCheol-soo (second from left) pledges all efforts to effect change of government

for the sake of honest, hard-working majority. (The Korea Post photo)

The new party we are going to form has two main objectives:

The first aim is that we will achieve the takeover of the control of government at all cost. The government of President Lee Myung-bak promised ‘An Era of Success for the People’ but it never came about. The Park Geun-hye government has promised ‘An Era of People’s Happiness.’ Has she kept this promise? No.

The big businesses and the wealthy people have become wealthier and happier.

In contrast, the majority of people greatly suffered during the two administrations. Most of the people in all strata of society and in all age groups have suffered more than before.
The new party we are going to form will fight for the benefit of all the common people. We will fight for the sake of the young generation who are angry with the present state of their country. We will fight for a society where the people will no longer be angry. We will carry out the transfer of the control of government at all cost.
Secondly, we will try to effect the transfer of government that the people want. We will carry out the transfer of the control of government for the future of the Republic of Korea. We will do so to change the politics in Korea. We will change the government so that all the talented people in Korea will take part in the administration of the affairs of the country. We need all the people even though they may have a different view.

We should change the government so that we can find solutions to the problems instead of just talking about them.

I promise that we will form a party where we will not collaborate with those whom we should shun. We will form a party that will take a resolution action against corruption. We will form a party where talented people will gather and join. We will keep our door wide open to the young generation. We will form a party that will talk with all the peopleswho may have a different view from ours.

However, I will not work with any people whom we must shun as they do not think of the interests of the people first.


A round-up of the latest news published by the Korean media:


Trade Ministry: FTAs with China, Vietnam, New Zealand to Boost GDP

The government expects free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Vietnam and New Zealand to boost the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) by one percent over the next ten years.

Average Household Debt Tops W60 Mln for 1st Time

Rep. AhnCheol-soo Vows to Launch New Party before Lunar New Year

Presidential Office Calls for Passage of Structural Reform Bills

Rival Parties Fail to Agree on Contentious Bills

Average Household Debt Tops W60 Mln for 1st Time

KOSPI on Track to Record 1st Net Foreign Selling in 4 Years

Finance Minister Calls on Parliament to Pass Structural Reform Bills

Japan’s Sexual Slavery to be Taught in California Schools

Gov't to Consider Global Concern in Dealing with Geumgang Tours

US Ambassador LippertRevists Site of Attack

Another S. Korean Killed in Philippines

S. Korea's T-50 Crashes in Indonesia, Killing 2 Pilots

Asiana Airlines Takeoff Delayed due to Bird Strike

S. Korean Police to Investigate Murder in Philippines

Endangered Wild Goats Released in Songnisan National Park

Former JCS Chief Indicted for Bribery Charges

Law Schools Likely to Introduce Night Classes

College Graduates Face Increasing Difficulty Finding Jobs

Teachers Protest State-authored History Textbooks


Yonhap (

Moody's rating upgrade to better cushion S. Korea from U.S. rate woes

Moody's Investor Service's latest upgrade of South Korea's credit rating is expected to better insulate the country from a recent U.S. interest rate hike and other external uncertainties, Seoul's top economic policymaker said Sunday.

Hyundai Motor to jack up stake in auto financing JV this week: sources

South Korea's carmaking giant Hyundai Motor Group will take over a 23 percent stake in its auto financing joint venture from its U.S. partner this week, industry sources said Monday.

T-50 trainer jet crashes at Indonesian air show, killing 2 pilots

A T-50 trainer jet fighter crashed during an air show in Indonesia on Sunday, killing two pilots aboard, local media reported.

U.S. approval of IMF reforms to expand S. Korea's global role

A U.S. move to approve reforming the International Monetary Fund (IMF) opens the door for South Korea and large emerging economies to play a greater role in global economic affairs, sources said Sunday.

2015/12/20 16:46

WTO members to end all farm export subsidies by 2023

All members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) must halt farm export subsidies by 2023 as part of an ongoing effort to lower trade barriers and increase cross-border commerce, the government said Sunday.


The Korea Herald (

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Kazakhstan, Korea deepen partnership

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The Korea Times (

Ahn says he will found new party in Feb.

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Bidding for Daewoo Securities ends 

Four entities have placed bids to buy the country's second-largest brokerage house Daewoo Securities Co. in a deal that could be a possible game changer for a...

Four major chaebol have varied focus for 2016 

The overseas business environment for next year is uncertain at best, darkened by the slowdown of China and other emerging economies, the U.S. monetary squeez...

Korea cautiously welcomes Moody's upgrade 

The upgrade of Korea’s sovereign credit rating by Moody’s Investor Service Saturday to Aa2, the highest ever for the nation, was good news from abroad. Howeve... 

Image of Korea in trouble abroad 

President Park Geun-hye recently said she has been spending sleepless nights due to wo... 

Rival parties fail again on electoral map 

The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) failed... 

Korean society 'chaotic' in 2015 

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DongAIlbo (

Moody`s gives Korea `Aa2` for the first time

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AhnCheol-soo officially declares to form a new party on Monday

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Golden Culture of Shilla’ exhibition opens in Chuncheon

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Ambassador Lippert attends KCRC event to keep promise

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Breach of trust is more dangerous than anthrax spores

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ChosunIlbo (

S.Koreans Live 12 Years Longer Than N.Koreans

South Koreans live about 12 years longer than their compatriots in North Korea, recent figures show. The life expectancy of South Koreans is 78.2 years for men and 85 for women this year, but in North Korea it is 66 years for men and 72.7 for women. >> Full Text

Moody's Raises Korea's Credit Rating

Moody's on Friday raised Korea's sovereign credit rating by a notch from Aa3 to Aa2. The credit rating firm classifies ratings into 21 categories, and Aa2 is the third-highest. This is the highest rating Korea has ever received from any of the three global rating firms. >> Full Text

Safe Ways to Keep Your Home Warm, Moist in Winter

Use of heating appliances increases in winter. Electric blankets, hot water mattresses, hot packs and hot water bottles are all useful for keeping warm. However, it is important to be aware of the risk of low-temperature burns. >> Full Text

UN Condemns N.Korea's Human Rights Abuses

Samsung Reaps Fraction of Apple's Phone Profits


HankyorehShinmoon (

Police charge union leader with sedition, first such charge in 29 years

Civic groups and labor unions planning another large-scale rally in locations around the country, where protestors will wear “loud” masks

Police have asked prosecutors to charge Han Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), with sedition, an additional charge. The decision to charge leaders of the KCTU with sedition

AhnCheol-soo’s defection dividing the ruling party and the opposition

AhnCheol-soo’s defection from the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is having an unintended consequence: Instead of just triggering the expected divisions in the opposition, it appears to be dividing the ruling Saenuri Party (NFP) as well.Many are now watching to see if the lawmaker and software mogul’s defection will usher in the arrival of a new “third way” moderate party to challenge the deeply rooted two-party political terrain. .

Ruling party leader tells African student he “the same color as coal”

Saenuri Party leader Kim Moo-sung was seen by several people on Dec. 18 telling a black exchange student carrying charcoal briquettes as part of a volunteer activity that the student’s face “is the same color as that coal.”The comment toward the African student was made around noon during a “caring coal delivery” service activity organized by the party’s youth committee in the Samseong neighborhood of Seoul’s Gwanak district that day. .

Speaker of the House has harsh words for Blue House bullying

The speaker of the National Assembly delivered a harsh criticism of the Blue House’s repeated efforts to pressure him into ex officio proposals of contentious legislation, which he described as “undermining parliamentary democracy and the separation of powers.”Meanwhile, President Park Geun-hye continued her demands for the National Assembly to pass her pet legislation, including five labor-related bills.


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

Another rep defects from NPAD to join Ahn

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MaeilKyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (

Moody’s upgrades S. Korea’s ratings to Aa2

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The KyunghyangShinmoon(

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[U.S. Raises Base Rate: Impact on South Korean Economy] If Interest Rate Rises and Housing Prices Fall, It Can Impact Household Debt of 1.2 Qn Won

The U.S. has ended the "zero interest rate" era after seven years, and the South Korean economy now faces a new change. The base rate hike was pretty much alr···

No Special Treatment for Chaebol This Time Despite Plea for Mercy Due to Health Issues and Contribution to the Economy

On December 15, the Seoul High Court sentenced Chairman Lee Jay-hyun (55) of CJ Group to two years and six months in prison in a case that was remanded by the S···

Reality in the Labor Market Where 23-Year-Olds Are Pressured to Resign

Doosan Infracore, a key affiliate of the Doosan Group, asked its employees to consider a voluntary resignation, and in the process plainly revealed the "two fa···

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[Editorial] Cheong WaDae Threatens the Chairman of the National Assembly to Follow President's Orders

Cheong WaDae publicly demanded Chung Ui-hwa, chairman of the National Assembly to bring up controversial bills including the five labor-related bills, e···


The Korea Economic Daily(

Samsung Group Breaks Ground for 850 Bil. Won Biosimilar Plant in Songdo

Samsung Group will build the world's largest biosimilar plant in Incheon's Songdo at the cost of 850 billion won. With this investment, it is likely that Samsung Biologics will become the world's No. 1 contract manufacturing organization for drugs. Samsung Biologics held a groundbreaking ceremony on...

Household Debt Balance Rises 2.1% to 61.81 Mil. Won

A survey said the average balance of household debt is continuously on the rise. According to a survey conducted jointly by the National Statistical Office, the Bank of Korea, and the Financial Supervisory Service, as much as 25 percent of disposable income is used to pay for principal and interest ...

National Pension Fund to Increase Its Alternative Investment Share to 35% by 2020

In order to improve the rate of return of the National Pension Fund whose balance has increased over 500 trillion won (US$423 billion), the government will allow the fund to invest more in overseas assets and alternative investment assets such as infrastructures, hedge funds, and private equity fund...

Hanwha Techwin Signs $3.8 Bil. Engine Parts Supply Deal with Pratt & Whitney

Hanwha Techwin said on December 21 in a regulatory filing that it signed a risk and revenue sharing program deal with America's Pratt & Whitney to jointly develop the Geared Turbofan (PW1000G) engines. Under the RSP arrangement, the two companies will share risk and revenue from the development stag...

China's Hua'an Group to Invest $18 Build Koreatown in Yantai

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AJU Business Daily(

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LG Chemicals Once Again Postpones Its Plan of Extending LCD Glass Substrate Factories

LG Chemicals is postponing its plan of extending LCD glass substrate factories due to global economy and worsened LCD market conditions. This is the second time it is putting off its plan of extension after it did so in 2014, and possibilities of withdrawal are also being brought up. According to industries on the 20th, LG Chemicals is temporarily postponing ...


Special Notices:

Photo shows President Soon-Heung Chang of Handong Global University (fifth from left, front row) with ambassadors and other visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC), including Ambassador MmeNatalliaZhylevich of Belraus (dean of the visiting members of the SDC), fourth from left the same row With Ambassador and Mrs. SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d’ Ivoire (third and second from left, front row).

And Ambassador Roballo of Argentina (sixth from left, same row) and Ambassadors Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya (on the right of the rear row).


“Why not try to change the world?”

Ambassadors, senior diplomats visit Handong Global University in Pohang

Ambassadors NatalliaZhylevich of Belarus, Kouassi Bile of Cote d’Ivoire, Jorge Roballo of Argentina and Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya and 20 other senior diplomats, including the charges d’affaires, visited Handong Global University in Pohang City on the Southeast Coast of Korea on Nov. 12, 2015 at the invitation of President Soon-Heung Chang of the University.

The tour, organized by The Korea Post, included also a visit to POSCO and a cruise ride around the harbor of the Pohang City.

The Korea Post has been organizing tours for the ambassadors and other senior members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps for the past 30 years, but it must be said that the one hosted by Handong Global University is one of the most impressive in terms of the interest on the part of the host who met the guests with a true heart and warm welcome.

President Soon-Heung Chang of the University made such an excellent arrangement out of respect and special regard for the distinguished international guests by asking his Vice President Simon Kang(Administrative Affairs) and Professor JinwonAhn (School of Management and Economics) to come all the way from Pohang to Seoul to welcome and escort the ambassadors and other senior diplomats to comfortably visit his University.

The tour of the Handong Global University was a truly memorable one where many outstanding features of the University continuously surprised the visiting ambassadors and the other senior diplomats. For further details, visit:



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