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March 21, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Pundits see Saenuri winning 50%, Minjoo 32%, People’s Party 12%, Justice Party 6%

Who’ll win in the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 13?

By Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher, The Korea Post

The National Assembly general elections are only a little over three weeks away and Korea Gallup has recently disclosed an opinion survey on the prospects of the winning parties on the decisive day of April 13, 2016.

The results of the polls taken on March 15-17 showed the ruling Saenuri Party leading witha 41% victory followed by the Minjoo (Democratic) Party with 20%, the People’s Party with 8% and the Justice Party with 7%. Other surveys also show similar results with slight differences. They roughly average 40% for Saenuri, 25% for Minjoo, 10% for the People’s Party and 5% for the Justice Party. The remaining 20% indicate that they areundecided.

President Park Geun-hye’spopularity rating is not very high these days. However, it is higher than that of  many of her predecessors in the latter half of their tenure of office.

Beginning on March 31, the ruling and opposition political parties start their election campaign.With the undecided 20% hypothetically included in the total number of voters, Saenuri might win 50%, Minjoo32%, People’s Party 12% and Justice Party 6%.

Considering the total 300 seats of the National Assembly, including the comparative representatives of the different parties, the final tally of the assemblymen by the competing parties would be Saenuri 150 seats, Minjoo 96, People’s Party 36 and Justice Party 18.

Both the ruling and opposition political parties are experiencing severe internal strive of the nomination of the candidates for the elections, which would seriously affect the actual results of the elections.

Main opposition Minjoo Party Chairman Kim Jong-in.

He recently got a ‘free-ride ticket #2’ of the Party to enter the National Assembly as a proportional representative member.

President Park Geun-hye is known to be trying to see her ‘own people’ to win the Saenuri Party nomination to run in the elections?as did most of her predecessors, especially former President Lee Myung-bak,who had his ‘own people’ nominated in the past election at the expense of the candidates of the then ruling Hannara Party.

In the latest Saenuri Party nomination for the upcoming elections, former President Lee Myung-bak’srighthand man, Rep. Lee Jae-oh, was dropped from the list of the Saenuri Party candidates.

The main opposition Minjoo Party is also in a similar situation. Many of the influential members of the party, the incumbent Assemblymen, were dropped from the list of the nominees to run in the race and some of them have declared that they would run in their capacity as independent candidates.

Chairman AhnCheol-soo of the second opposition People’s Party. Will he secure 20 seats? That is the ‘big’ question.

The second opposition People’s Party is relatively free from internal strife over the candidate nomination and this poses a measure of obstacle in the prediction of the winning parties in the elections.

So, what would be the actual results of the elections?in spite of the odds?

The decisive battle would be in Seoul and the surrounding areas of the capital zone where there are a total of 122 seats to be shared by the ruling and opposition parties. Traditionally, Seoul and the surrounding zone are the power-seat region of the opposition camp as the more educated population is there and is normally opposition-oriented politically. However, in the upcoming competition, the opposition camp is not necessarily in a very advantageous situation as it is split between the Minjoo Party of Moon Jae-in (now represented by Kim Jong-in), the People’s Party of AhnCheol-soo and the Justice Party of the progressive lady opposition leader Shim Sang-jeong.

Chairperson Shim Sang-jeong of the progressive Justice Party. The party’s chances of winning the Assembly seats are estimated at six to ten.

With the exception of Jeolla provinces, the provincial regions are normally pro-ruling camp, especially the power-seat southeastern region of the Gyeongsang provinces that have a total of 65 seats. The traditionally conservative inland Chungcheong provinces, also friendly with the ruling camp, have a total of 27 seats and the similarly pro-Saenuri northeastern province of Gangwon has a total of eight seats.

The opposition-strong southwestern Jeolla provinces have a total of only 28 seats that have to be shared by the opposition parties of Moon and Ahn.

Exerting a considerable extent of influence on the result of the elections is the people’s support rating of President Park Geun-hye. Recent surveys show that she has 40% supporting her and 45% against, which is pretty high in her favor in view of her predecessors. Perhaps this is why the main opposition party levels its point of attack on the poor economic policies of the Park government instead of downright ‘Change the Government!’ tactics.

Former Chairman Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Minjoo Party. Many Koreans think that he is

still the ‘real’ boss the main opposition party.

Another important factor exerting a great extent of influence on the elections is the voter turnout.

It was 54.2% in the last (19th) National Assembly while it was 46.1% for the preceding 18th-term parliamentary elections. Normally, if the voting rate is high, it favorably affects the opposition camp. This is because the conservative-oriented voters in the 50s and older favor the ruling camp while those in the 20s and 30s support the oppositioncandidates. The old people tend to go to the polls while the young ones would rather go on picnic than to the polling stations.

Rep. Lee Jae-Oh of the ruling Saenuri Party. A prominent pro-Lee Myung-bak conservative statesman, Lee JO was dropped from the list of official Saenuri nominees to run in the upcoming National Assembly elections.

The Saenuri party leaders want to secure a total of 180 seats while the main opposition Minjoo Party insists on winning at least more than 100 seats.

Ahn’s People’s Party must win at least 20 seats to form a parliamentary negotiating body, which, however, does not look very easy at this time.

This is because the 20 seats would entitlethe People’s Party to the 8.5 billion won state subsidy. Otherwise, Ahn would have to be satisfied with only 2.5 billion won given to the parties with less seats.

Former President Lee Myung-bak. His followers in the ruling camp were substantially dropped from the list of nominees for the 20th-erm National Assembly elections. Reports say he did the same to the then main  conservative party leader Park Geun-hye in the previous general elections.


Humor from former Ambassadors in Korea:

The following humor was contributed by a kind-hearted and generous-minded former ambassador to Korea from a Central Asian country:

An article from readers digest

Last night I was sitting in the living room, talking 2 my wife about life.. In-between, we talked about the idea of living or dying. I told her: 'Never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the connections that are keeping me alive, I'd much rather die.'

My wife got up from the sofa with this real look of admiration towards me proceeded to disconnect the Cable tv, DVD, then the Computer, the Cell Phone, the iPod, and the Xbox, and then went to the bar and threw away all my whisky, rum, Gin, Vodka the Beer from the fridge...

I almost died!!

Moral: Think before you speak. The female brain works on a different wavelength!


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Invitation to the DagjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNSESCO Cultural Heritage)

Your Excellency:

I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangin City cordinally invites Your Excellency and Madam to the DangjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNESCO Cultural Heritagte) on Friday April 8, 2016. The Korea Post organizes the tour at the invitation of Mayor Kim, which also includes a visit to the famed Hyundai Steel Mill.


Schedule follows:

0820 hours Friday April 8, 2016: Meet at Grqand Hyatt Seoul(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 Major and Mrs. Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City.

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

1430-1640 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 Hayatt Seoul by 6:30 p.m.

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


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A quick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:


Minjoo Chief's No.2 Nomination Causes Controversy

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Rep. Chin Blames Saenuri as He Joins MPK

Saenuri Supreme Council Members Nominated

MPK Nominates Ex-Saeuri Chin to Seoul District

Seoul: Pyongyang’s Missile Tests Danger Int’l Travel

Study: S. Korea May Suffer Labor Shortage of 9 Million in 2060

Rep. Chin Blames Saenuri as He Joins MPK

Seoul: Pyongyang’s Missile Tests Danger Int’l Travel

Saenuri Supreme Council Members Nominated

Study: S. Korea May Suffer Labor Shortage of 9 Million in 2060

Outlook on S. Korean Economy Falling Amid Gloomy Forecasts on Global Economy

No. of Japanese Tourists to S. Korea Up for First Time Since 2012

RFA: State Security Department Growing Powerful in N. Korea

'N. Korea Requests UNSC Discuss S. Korea-US Drills'

N. Korea Threatens Preemptive Attack at Slightest Sign of Military Action

S. Korea's Household Debts Grows 2nd Fastest Next to China

Obama's New Executive Order Against N. Korea Numbered 13722

4 N. Korean Female Defectors Testify in New York


Yonhap (

400 U.S. troops to deploy to S. Korea as part of force rotation

About 400 U.S. troops will deploy to South Korea later this summer to help deter North Korean aggression, the Department of the Army announced Sunday.

The troops with the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division will make a rotational deployment to the Asian ally, the department said in a statement.

Number of full-time housewives falls, more elderly women join workforce

The number of full-time housewives is on the decline, notably as women in their 50s and 60s join the workforce to help with household income, state statistics showed Monday.

Actor Song Joong-ki thanks fans on Instagram

Actor Song Joong-ki of the popular KBS 2TV series "Descendants of the Sun" on Monday expressed his gratitude for his fans on Instagram.

Son Yeon-jae marks career-high scores in Portugal

South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae achieved career-high scores in ball and clubs Sunday en route to winning three medals at an International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) competition in Portugal.

Rival parties' approval ratings mixed

The ruling party's approval rating has edged down due to a factional battle over the nominations for next month's parliamentary elections, while the main opposition party gained some support, a poll showed Monday.


The Korea Herald (

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Landmarks go dark for 10th Earth Hour

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The Korea Times (

Muslim-friendly policies to boost tourism face Christian backlash

Conservative Christians have stepped up their movement against the government’s Muslim-friendly policies to attract more tourists. About a hundred protesters rallied near Seoul Station, Saturday, with no violence reported.

Las Vegas Sands bets $10,000,000,000 on Korea 

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Police confirm fifth child killed by parents in three months 

Education and law enforcement authorities faced mounting calls, Saturday, to strengthen monitoring... 

Responding to 'Hell Joseon' 

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90% of SMEs oppose foreign worker levy 

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Lawmaker sues journalist over college admission accusations

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DongAIlbo (

Cognac costs $743 at N. K. hotel due to sanctions banning luxury goods export

High-end spirits, which are luxury goods in North Korea, are found to be priced at high levels due to effect of sanctions against…

Korean rice and samgyetang might enter Chinese market next month

Korean rice will be served on tables in Chinese homes in the beginning of next month at the earliest as Chinese customs authority…

New domestic record set at 2016 Seoul International Marathon

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Han Kang makes Man Booker Prize list with 'The Vegetarian'

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ChosunIlbo (

N.Korea 'Ready for Another Nuke Test'

North Korea is clearing up and repairing a remote nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, which seems capable of supporting another nuclear test "at any time," according to the website 38 North. Activity has been spotted near the north entrance of the test site, where the last test was carried out. >> Full Text

Passive Smoking Still a Real and Present Danger

More than 600,000 people die each year from various diseases caused by second-hand cigarette smoke. The government has banned smoking in all public facilities, but damage from passive smoking continues. >> Full Text

Young Koreans Change Names to Land Jobs

A growing number of young people are changing their name in a bid to land scarce jobs in a tough employment market. The aim is to make themselves sound more familiar and approachable. >> Full Text

Up to 100,000 N.Koreans Labor Abroad

U.S. Slaps Stringent Sanctions on N.Korea

Korea Ranks a Gloomy 58th on Happiness Index


HankyorehShinmoon (

Temp agencies abuse the law while workers suffer

Several industries now rely on cycle of low-paid workers on short term contracts, with no hope of stability

Seemingly every other building at the intersection in front of Dongam Subway Station in Incheon has at least one temp agency. One ten-story building right next to the station has three. In all, some thirty to forty agencies can be found within a distance of 200 or so meters, their windows and walls plastered with advertisements about “24-hour job-seeker counseling,” “male/female production positions available,” and “semiconductor line assembly work.”

New Platforms and new sources for new Korean cinema : IPTV

For some time, the ancillary market was a declining industry compared to the considerable scale of the Korean film exhibition market and its average of four admissions per person. However, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) not only revived the almost dead ancillary market, but also presented the Korean film industry with a new source of revenue, in addition to what it’s earning from ticket sales in theaters. If the previous ancillary revenue stream relied on theatrical release-to-video/DVD releases, this role has now been taken over by IPTV.

New platforms and new sources for new Korean cinema : web dramas and web movies

Films and TV dramas are reducing their size in order to enter the Internet. Web dramas or web movies are not just a service to offer films and TV dramas through the Internet, but media products specifically made for mobile devices, especially smartphones. Web dramas offered on online mobile platforms such as portal sites, YouTube and various social networks, spread their content into 10-minute episodes, to fit the environment and attention span of mobile users.

New platforms and new sources for new Korean cinema : webtoons

Among the most popular genres in the Korean content market is the webtoon, for which readers scroll down on their monitors or phone screens instead of turning paper pages. Its copyright market is currently very active, and becoming an important source for film content. However, this popular genre was not so successful when it began.


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

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