Headlines, February 18, 2021
Headlines, February 18, 2021
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Thursday, February 18, 2021


Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today

The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)

Amorepacific ‘Sulhwasoo’ makes a successful entry into India

Amorepacific Group entered India with its representative cosmetics brand "Sulwhasoo” in July 2020. Amorepacific introduced its flagship Sulwhasoo products through its online channel called 'Nykaa', which is the No. 1 beauty distributor in India. 

KTO's "100 untact tourist destinations program" wins award at FITUR

The "Untact Tourist Spots Top 100 Program," introduced by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) last year, was recently selected as an Active Tourism Competition winner at the FITUR, a tourism fair in Madrid, Spain.

Uzbek people receive tax breaks, deferred loan repayment, financial assistance

On Dec. 29, 2020, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a message to the Oliy Majlis. The head of state summed up the results of the work done, determined the priorities of domestic and foreign policy.


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

US Indicts 3 N. Korean Hackers in Cryptocurrency Theft

The U.S. Department of Justice says it has indicted three North Korean hackers for cyberattacks. The department said in a press release on its website on Wednesday that the three were members of units of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a military intelligence agency of North Korea.

Arrest Warrant Issued for SK Networks Chief over Alleged Slush Fund

A local court has issued an arrest warrant for the chairman of SK Networks, a trading company, over an alleged slush fund. The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday issued the warrant for Choi Shin-won on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust related to the alleged illicit fund.

US Review of N. Korea Policy Will Take into Account Cyber Threats

The U.S. State Department says that the ongoing review of U.S. policy toward North Korea will also take into account cyber threats posed by the country. 
Department spokesperson Ned Price made the remarks on Wednesday in a press briefing when asked about the U.S.' indictment of three North Korean hackers for alleged criminal activities.


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

New virus cases most since early January, post-holiday resurgence looming

South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases increased by the most in more than a month to over 600 on Wednesday, prompting concerns over a virus resurgence after the Lunar New Year holiday amid eased social distancing rules.

N. Korea expands missile facilities, but no unusual signs at nuclear sites: defense ministry

North Korea has been expanding missile development facilities, but has shown no unusual signs at its demolished nuclear testing site or its long-suspended plutonium-producing reactor, the defense ministry said Wednesday.

Police opt for murder charge against couple who allegedly abused niece to death

Police have brought murder and child abuse charges against a couple who allegedly assaulted their 10-year-old live-in niece and forcibly immersed her in a bathtub, causing her death, officials said Wednesday.


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

Korea’s fourth, possibly worst wave yet of COVID-19 is advancing fast

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in South Korea after a brief respite from the winter resurgence, and experts warn that the country may be heading toward what may be its largest wave yet of the pandemic -- and sooner than anticipated.

Big Hit, Universal Music Group to launch new global boy band in US

Big Hit Ent. and UMG announced details to their strategic partnership on Thursday. According to the announcement, a new joint Los Angeles-based venture between UMG’s Geffen Records and Big Hit Ent. will be created for the launch of a brand new global boy group.

Stellar rise of NK leader’s close aide

Jo Yong-won, newly appointed secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in North Korea, was in the spotlight during the latest key party meeting, which ended last week.


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

Activists call for other countries' support for sex slavery victims

Activists working on Japan's sexual slavery have noted that the issue is not just a diplomatic matter between Korea and Japan but an issue of human rights in which other countries including the U.S. and other Asian countries should become actively engaged to find a solution.

Coupang IPO could test Wall Street's appetite for profits

Coupang's looming initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) could offer a chance to test investors' appetite for a promising but risky business.

Military slammed for failing again to detect border crossing by North Korean

The military finds itself in the hot seat again following the capture of a North Korean, Tuesday, who swam across the eastern maritime border undetected.
Making the situation worse for military authorities, the latest border crossing took place in the jurisdiction of the same front-line Army unit that has failed to detect two previous infiltrations.


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

“Comfort woman” survivor wants ICJ ruling  

At 11 am on Feb. 16, over 100 reporters from South Korea and Japan packed the 20th floor of Seoul’s Korea Press Center for a press conference calling for referral of the Japanese military “comfort women” issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Jun Ji-hyun, Song Hye-kyo and other celebs to return to small screen this year

“Stars are coming!” The line is a parody of “Tiger Is Coming,” the song by Leenalchi that became a viral hit online.
The line is also a prophecy, and one that fans of Korean drama are likely to hum throughout the year. In fact, quite a few movie stars are coming to television screens.

Employment restriction to be in effect for a five-year period once Lee Jae-yong is released

South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ) notified Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong that he will be subject to employment restrictions following his two-year, six-month prison sentence in connection with a government influence-peddling scandal, the Hankyoreh has learned.


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

Estate Agents Proliferate as Home Prices Soar

Estate agents are proliferating as housing prices reach record highs. According to the National Tax Service, the number of real estate agencies across the nation stood at 131,919 last November, up nearly 20,000 from April 2017.

Flight Simulations Divert Grounded Koreans

Flight simulations are enjoying runaway popularity since international travel came to a standstill in the coronavirus pandemic. Flight simulator Flight With Us saw membership almost double to 3,106 last year, and membership of the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network (VATSIM), a nonprofit organization that operates online simulations, increased 50 percent to 674.

Lockdown Boosts Fried-Chicken Deliveries

Sales of fried chicken has soared thanks to deliveries in lockdown.
Korea's three biggest fried-chicken franchises posted record earnings last year. Kyochon and bhc on Tuesday said their sales exceeded the W400 billion milestone for the first time (US$1=W1,103).


The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

Conditions of OPCON transfer to be met in 2025 at the soonest, US says

It was reported that the Biden administration believes the key conditions of operational control (OPCON) transfer will be met in 2025 at the soonest and some of the essential conditions, such as response capabilities to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles, will be satisfied by 2028. This is the first time that a specific judgment of the U.S.’

National health record app to be launched next week

A mobile application that allows users to check all health information stored in public institutions, such as National Health Insurance Service and Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, will be launched within February.

Ramseyer’s argument can be used to justify sexual slavery, scholars claim

A group of 1,129 professors and researchers across the world studying Japan’s wartime sexual slavery issued a statement criticizing Harvard Law School Japanese legal studies professor J. Mark Ramseyer, who recently claimed that that “comfort women” were not sex slaves, but prostitutes.


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

“I Want to Finally Resolve the Comfort Women Issue”

Lee Yong-soo (93), an elderly victim forced to serve as a comfort woman in the Japanese military, sat for an interview at the Kyunghyang Shinmun office in Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul on February 16 and said, “If the elderly Kim Hak-soon (Hak-sun) first raised the issue (of the comfort women), Lee Yong-soo wants to be the one to finally resolve it.

Justice Ministry Restricts the Employment of Lee Jae-yong: Lee Cannot Work at Samsung for 5 Years

The Ministry of Justice notified Lee Jae-yong (pictured), vice chairman of Samsung Electronics who was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for his involvement in the abuse of state authority, of employment restrictions. Lee will not be able to work at Samsung Electronics for five years from July 2022, when his prison sentence ends.

Paek Ki-wan and His Unwavering March Toward Democracy and Unification: The Mission He Left Behind

The collection of essays, Holding a Purple Breast-Tie in Your Mouth and Waving a Jade Green Skirt, published by Paek Ki-wan in his forties, was a wake up call to the young adults and college students living under a military regime in the early 1980s.


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

Coupang to raise $1 bn in loans aside from $1 bn offering of Class A stock

South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang Inc. prepping $1 billion Class A stock offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as early as next month is working on raising another $1 billion in unsecured loans from foreign lenders to shore up ammunitions to the full as it goes public.

Korean e-commerce majors gain new limelight due to Coupang’s IPO plan

Shares of red-hot Korean e-commerce majors gained more steam as the value of leader in the pack Coupang is projected to exceed $50 billion after its New York Stock Exchange IPO.

Family feud may weigh over flying Kumho Petrochemical stock

Family feud could weigh over shares of Kumho Petrochemical Co., South Korean manufacturer of synthetic rubbers and resins, that have been flying high after its operating income doubled last year.


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.cn kf@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 Herald www.smh.com.au
Colombia Reports www.colombiareports.com
Bogota Free Planet www.bogotafreeplanet.com bfp@bogotafreeplanet.com
El Universal www.eluniversal.com.mx/english
Andes www.redaktionstest.net/andes-info-ec/
Ecuador Times www.ecuadortimes.net/
The Jordan Times www.jordantimes.com/
LSM.lv www.lsm.lv/
The Baltic Times www.baltictimes.com lithuania@baltictimes.com, estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com
El Pais https://english.elpais.com/
Philippine Daily Inquirer www.inquirer.net/
Daily News Hungary https://dailynewshungary.com/
Budapest Times www.budapesttimes.hu/
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Sri Lanka: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s
Morocco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE
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