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K-Pop superstar Jonghyun of SHINee dies; investigators look into possible depression
샤이니 종현 사망상태로 발견돼, 경찰 자살로 추정 Behind the glitz, glamour and seemingly endless well of positivity and energy lies a darker side of stardom. Many celebrities suffer from depression... and that may haven been the cause of the latest passing of a young K-pop superstar. Jonghyun, a member of boyband SHINee... died in an apparent suicide. For details we turn to our Lee Jeong-yeon. A young star has fallen this week... Kim Jonghyun, member of K-pop boy band SHINee, said his last goodbye to the world on Monday... leaving family, friends, and fans across the world mourning his death. The four other members of SHINee have registered to be chief mourners at his funeral, which takes place on Thursday, to say their last goodbyes. Many other celebrities from SM Entertainment, such as BoA, Girls' Generation, and EXO, as well as BTS, have paid their respects at the wake. Devastated fans filled up the lobby of Asan Medical Center, where the wake has held, to pay their respects. The 27-year-old was found unconscious in an apartment in Cheongdam-dong, filled with toxic smoke from lit coal briquettes. He was moved to Konguk University Hospital, but passed away shortly after at around 6:32 p.m. The search for the idol group member began when the police got a phone call at 4:42 p.m. from his sister who had received foreboding messages from the singer with phrases such as, "let me go," and "this is my last farewell." His family members have decided not to carry out an autopsy according to the Gangnam Police Department on Tuesday. Jonghyun shot to fame as the lead singer of the group SHINee, who released their debut mini-album in 2008, and have since gathered fans all across the world. In Japan, they sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome, and in the UK, Odeon's website crashed a minute after ticketing opened for their appearance at the Korean Film Festival in London. They also did their first North American tour earlier this year. After Jonghyun's death, fans have been paying tribute both online and offline all across the world, with Jonghyun and SHINee trending on Twitter even in the United States as fans expressed their grief. Lee Jeong-yeon, Arirang News Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld
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Korean thriller 'Train to Busan' brings in $2.5 mil. from advance sales around the world
한국영화 '부산행', 해외 156개국 선판매…30억원 확보 If you're a fan of zombie thrillers and Korean cinema, "Train to Busan" is everything you could hope for. After receiving rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May... it raked in over two-and-a-half million dollars in global presales. Lee Un-shin gives us a sneak peak. Korean thriller 'Train to Busan' has been successfuly presold in a hundred-56 countries around the globe. Since its midnight screening at the 69th Cannes Film Festival back in May, film investors from countries including the U.S., Canada, France, and China...have been reaching out, to purchase theatrical rights for the film. Global presales of the movie have so far grossed over 2 and a half million U.S. dollars. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho....'Train to Busan' portrays passengers' horrifying train ride with a group of living dead zombies that carry a deadly virus. Through their desperate struggle to survive, and to prevent the spread of the virus....the film is meant to convey a thought-provoking social message for the viewers. So far, the thriller has received very positive reviews from critics and movie-enthusiasts including a rating of 7.1 out of 10 on the IMDB website. "Train to Busan...it's a clever, well-put together film. And I think it's not as violent as some people might expect from a Zombie film. Strong genre titles, apealing elements...it's poised to do well at the local box office as well as in a limited way, getting some penetration into foreign markets. " Local movie investors added the movie will bring in additional profit from theatrical releases around the world. The movie will be available at local theaters on the 20th of July. It will also be released in the U.S. in July and in France in August. Lee Un-shin, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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North Korea soldier makes daring defection to South Korea across JSA
판문점 JSA초소서 북한군1명 귀순…北총격 받고 긴급후송 A North Korean soldier defects to the South in the most unexpected way: Crossing the border at the heavily guarded Joint Security Area. As troops stationed in the frontline are believed to be chosen for their loyalty, this could severely bruise the regime's military pride. He was shot at by men from his side, but was picked up by South Korean soldiers and was taken to the hospital. For details on the daring escape, we turn to our Kwon Jang-ho The Joint Security Area -- located on the border between the two Koreas and the only place where soldiers from the two sides stand face-to-face. And at three-thirty-one PM on Monda, a lone North Korean soldier ran from a guard post on the northern side, and crossed over the Military Demarcation Line into South Korean territory. The soldier suffered from gunshot wounds to his shoulder and elbow from North Korean forces while defecting. Upon hearing the shots, South Korean soldiers raised the alarm, but the defector was not discovered until 25 minutes later, collapsed on the ground, 50-meters from the border and bleeding from his wounds. (Korean) Our soldiers safely retrieved the defector, and urgently evacuated him to hospital to treat his injuries. He was airlifted by a United Nations Command helicopter to Ajou University Medical Center in Suwon, just south of Seoul, where he underwent surgery. The defector is thought to be in his twenties or thirties, and wore a uniform of low rank. Defecting through the JSA is extremely rare, with only two previous instances in 1998 and 2007. South Korean authorities have reassured that there was no altercation between South and North Korean soldiers, but added that Seoul will remain alert to any possible provocations. It's been almost two months since North Korea last carried out a ballistic missile test, or any other provocation, and many have hoped that this signalled an easing of tensions on the peninsula. It's currently unclear what response Pyongyang will give to Monday's incident. Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld
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'Descendants of the Sun' stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are getting married
송중기 송혜교 Two of Korea's best-loved stars have announced they're tying the knot. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo acted together last year in the blockbuster Korean drama "Descendants of the Sun." Millions of fans are thrilled, of course, and dreams dashed perhaps for many others. Park Hee-jun has this story. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, the so-called 'Song-Song' couple, stunned fans around the world with their wedding announcement. Their respective agencies, Blossom Entertainment and United Artist Agency said in a joint statement early Wednesday...that they will hold their wedding ceremony on the last day of October. In the 2016 smash-hit KBS drama 'Descendants of the Sun' the two starred as a soldier-doctor couple. Ever since the series aired early last year, rumors have swirled that the two were secretly dating, but they always denied being in a relationship. It's unclear when the couple's romance blossomed, but just last month there was speculation the two were enjoying a vacation together in Bali. According to reports, Song Joong-ki stayed on the resort island from June 7th to the 13th, while Song Hye-kyo was there from the 4th to the 15th. With the surprise announcement, the two parties explained that they were careful to reveal the news as it's a private matter between their two families. The wedding is set for October 31st, but no other details, such as the venue, have been released. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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More than 600,000 students sitting Korea's college entrance exam
오늘 대학수학능력시험... 60만명 수험생 응시 After countless hours of homework... and years of study focused on this moment,... the day has finally arrived... The national college entrance exam, held just once a year, got underway around three-and-a-half hours ago,... and will continue until just before six p.m. this evening. Nervous families and friends gathered around test centers to show support for the test-takers. Our Oh Jung-hee takes us to the scene. It's early in the morning,... looking tense but determined,... students file into the test center to take the College Scholastic Ability Test... or Suneung as it's called in Korean. It's the most dreaded exam for high school students... as the results of five to six tests determine which universities they get into... and the course their lives could take. Slightly over 600-thousand students across the country are taking this year's exam. "These junior students were here from before the crack of dawn to get the best spots to greet and cheer on their seniors. They've been chanting and holding signs of encouragement. The weather's cold, but their enthusiasm is warming up the entrance of this test center." "We came at 6:30 a.m. We hope our seniors ace the exam and make it into their favored universities." Sending off their children, parents can't bring themselves to leave the test site. They exchange warm hugs... and pray their kids do their best. "My daughter studied hard and poured all her effort into preparing for this exam, so I have no doubt she'll do well. I hope other test-takers get good results too." "I'm a bit nervous. I just hope my daughter does as well on this exam as she has in the past. I'm so proud of her." To ease the morning rush hour on Thursday, many people started work an hour later than usual. Extra buses and subway trains were put into service and police cars provided special escorts for students running late. Flights are also banned from taking off or landing between 1:05 to 1:40 p.m. to ensure the students are not disturbed during the English listening comprehension part of the test. The exam will end at 5:40 p.m. Students are tested on Korean language, mathematics, English language, Korean history,... and subjects of their preference in social or natural science. Some choose to take English and another foreign language as well. It's a long and draining day for these students,... tackling a series of exams that could shape their lives forever. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Notoriously tough college entrance exams take place in Korea 

수능 전국 1천212개 시험장서
It was the moment of truth for over 630-thousand students in Korea as they took this year′s college entrance exam. Known as suneung in Korean, the exam is one of the most important,... not ot mention stressful, events in a high school student′s life here in the country. And as the suneung is notoriously tough, everything feasible was done to make things easier for the young exam takers. Kwon Jang-Ho brings us this report. It was the annual college exam day in Korea. In the early morning, students arrived nervously at their designated test sites. They were cheered on by their schoolmates and given words of encouragement by their teachers, while parents watched anxiously as their children went in to face one of the most important moments of their lives. The public was also involved in making things easier for the exam takers. To ease the morning rush hour traffic, companies started work an hour late, including banks and the stock market. Additional buses, subway trains and taxis were put in service,... and even planes were grounded for 35 minutes during the listening comprehension portion of the exam. The police also helped out, providing emergency rides for students who found themselves running late. Younger students were doing their part as well. It has become a tradition for students to cheer on their upperclassmen on exam day. Such was the case of this group that waited since 9 p.m. of the previous day. We wanted to save the best spot from where we could cheer them. I′ve been up all night and of course I′m tired, but if it′s for our seniors, then I am always ready and willing. Many students study day in and night out for months and even years for this exam, leading to criticism that the exam puts too much burden on students. I am jealous of students in other countries. They don′t go through the same hardships as we do. They may take exams but they′re not as extreme as ours...I wish I could go to those countries. And after all that studying, it all comes down to just one single day. ″The whole of a student′s life hangs in the balance of how you feel on one day...I hope a better system can be introduced in the future.″ The Korean and Math sections are said to have been difficult this year, while the English portion was a bit more forgiving. But it will be a few weeks before the students find out the results. The exam results will be released on December 2nd. Until then, the students will have a long nervous wait, but for now at least it’s over. Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News.
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The fourth industrial revolution and the future of jobs
4차 산업혁명 - 미래일자리 As evidenced by drastic developments in AI... change is underway. "A perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labor markets." That is what's expected in the near future... according to the World Economic Forum's report on the future of jobs. How so and what needs to be done to better prepare ourselves for this rapid change? Our News Feature tonight... with Kwon Jang-ho. "SIRI, remind me to pick up my dry cleaning after work today. SIRI can be a useful tool, though it's not really ready to replace the role of a human personal assistant yet. But that's where the technology is heading." At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Stuart Russell, a leading expert in computer science, suggested that in the future, artificial intelligence would become the ideal personal assistant, perform better than humans, and be available to all. "We're talking about a system which is there on your shoulder and can provide advice, and can help you navigate the complicated world." But perhaps that future is already here. A study last year found that between 2001 and 2013, personal assistant jobs in the U.K. had fallen by 45-percent. Other occupations such as library assistants and travel agents also saw huge declines. The report concluded that the losses were mainly among jobs where productivity had been greatly improved by technology. "Jobs which are standardized, repetitive, and involve patterns, are jobs that will be taken over by artificial intelligence and robots. For instance, in the U.S., 75-percent of Wall Street trading is being made by computers. Even in journalism, sports and finance news reports can be produced by AI autonomously." Researchers at the University of Oxford in 2013 said that 47-percent of jobs in the U.S. could potentially be done solely by machines within 10-20 years. The study also said that any job that involves little social intelligence, creativity, and perception is at risk. Further studies showed that Korea is at a higher risk of losing jobs, as it has been estimated that 63-percent of the country's workforce could be computerized. "Our research found that it is a very risky situation, far more so than that in the U.S. and other developed countries. The reason is because the ratio of Korean jobs that involve simple manual skills or office administration work is higher than other places." But the research paper offers hope in that new fields will open up, especially in IT and software development. The social business networking site LinkedIn put together a list of the top 10 job-titles that barely existed before 2008. 8 out of 10 were from digital industries, with IOS and Android software developers coming out on top. Academics and business leaders agree that the changing nature of the job market in general cannot be stopped and that the next task in hand is for society to adapt to such changes. [14:50] "Those already working will need to go through a re-education. Moreover, they need to study new fields in order to survive, and for that, universities and the government need to provide related courses or financial support." "I think re-training is the responsibility for the corporation. If we know the future, and I think we are almost crystal clear that we know the future, that's what we're talking about, then we have to start retraining the people. And also we have to work with the government to really create the future talent to be more adaptive to the future trend." "The fourth industrial revolution is coming. It should make life a little easier, better, more productive. But for some of us, that might not happen if jobs and our livelihoods become collateral damage. To prepare for it, more steps need to be taken by governments, businesses and, of course, ourselves. Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News." Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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New technology to minimize air pollution developed by government institute
Air pollution has been increasingly posing a threat to public health in Korea. It's prompted the nation to take steps on the various levels to come up with practical measures to minimize the damage. Among such efforts, a device to reduce the pollution from car exhaust has been developed by a government-funded research institution. Lee Un-shin, has the details. Diesel vehicles are one of the main culprits of air pollution..., and the government-funded Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a new device that helps tackle emissions from such vehicles. The device is called the Plasma burner, which is a diesel particulate filter. According to the institute, the device removes up to 95 percent of dust and nitrogen oxide from diesel engine-emitted exhaust gas. The device allows for the temperature to rise up to 600 degrees Celsius, effectively burning pollution particles. "The plasma in the burner, keeps the temperature of the device high. This is what's significantly different about this new technology compared to standard filters that couldn't effectively maintain their temperatures high enough to burn off particulate matter. The portable size of this device also makes it ideal for any type of vehicle." The institute is currently working on getting the environment ministry's official approval certification. Once it is approved, it can be applied to any diesel vehicles as soon as next year. Meanwhile, the government of Seoul announced on Thursday its list of ideas to raise awareness of the on-going air pollution issue. The list introduces recommendations such as utilizing bikes or public transportation instead of driving, as well as avoiding outdoor activities when there's a fine dust alert in place. Along with the government's measures proposed last week, the recommendations aim to improve the air quality of the nation as well as to decrease related health problems caused by air pollution. Lee Un-shin, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Bangladesh withdraws bid for UNSC seat as Japan promises massive investment 

And in international news... Bangladesh has withdrawn its bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council... and thrown its support behind Japan. The announcement comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised a massive investment in the country. Hwang Ji-hye has the details. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh announced on Saturday... that it will withdraw from the race for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The country had been competing against Japan for the seat, ahead of the UNSC election slated for next fall. "It is my pleasure to declare that Bangladesh will support Japan′s candidacy from the Asia Pacific Group for a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council." Her comments came after a pledge by Japan to invest 6-hundred billion yen,... or roughly 5-point-7 billion U.S. dollars, in Bangladesh over the next four to five years. The funds will be put toward infrastructure development, including the construction of roads and harbors. For Japan, the move is more of a gamble than a guarantee. It still has to win more than two-thirds of the vote in order to gain the non-permanent seat. Earlier in the day, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Bangladesh on what was the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the country in 14 years. His trip, which also includes a stop in Sri Lanka,... is aimed at boosting economic and security ties with the two countries. The two nations also agreed to strengthen cooperation in preventing natural disasters and nuclear energy development. Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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Minimum wage set at 6,470 won for 2017
내년 최저임금 시간당 6천470원... 7.3% 올라 The minimum wage for next year here in Korea has been finalized. It's up more than seven percent from this year... but experts note that doesn't necessarily mean better living standards for wage workers. Kim Min-ji reports. Six-thousand-four-hundred-70 won -- or roughly five U.S. dollars and 80 cents. That's the minimum wage in Korea starting next year. It means workers will earn about 46 dollars a day,... or 12-hundred dollars a month,... if they work eight hours daily. Since President Park Geun-hye took office in 2013,... the minimum wage has been on a steady rise,... but next year's figure slowed from the eight percent hike for this year. Despite an uptick,... Korea's minimum wage level sits in the lower end of the ladder. Korea's minimum wage stood at 5 dollars and 40 cents for 2015,... while the OECD average was 6 dollars and 60 cents. The highest was Luxembourg,... followed by Australia and France. Still, Korea's hike in minimum wage has been one of the fastest growing. Neighboring Japan, for one, recently decided on a hike of three percent. However, the increase hasn't necessarily translated into better living conditions for Korean wage earners. "The minimum wage is supposed to equal the minimum amount of money required to make ends meet. However, the set wage for Korea is not enough. On top of that, the government's social wages is not even a third of the OECD average. That's why companies have to push up the wages -- resulting in bigger hikes than other countries." But this, at the same time, is a double edged sword. Sharp increases puts more burden on smaller firms and self-employed business people -- as they would face higher labor costs that could lead to hiring fewer new employees. Experts say the government needs to step up welfare expenses,... and come up with a system of different wages that matches the characteristics of each region and type of job. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Low-ranking N. Korean soldier defects to S. Korea via DMZ, several gunshots heard at border
북한군 1명 중서부 전선 GP 전방 너머로 귀순 This morning, a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea via the inter-Korean land border... just five weeks after the dramatic defection at the Joint Security Area. And there were several gunshots heard at the inter-Korean border. For more, we have our Oh Jung-hee on the phone from the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul. Jung-hee, what's the latest? Mark, this happened just four hours ago,... a low-ranking North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the Demilitarized Zone. He appeared in front of a guard post on the mid-western front at just past eight this morning,... and South Korean guards and surveillance equipment identified him. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said... after checking his intent to defect, the military carried out 'appropriate actions'. He was safely secured... and the related institutions will investigate why and how the soldier defected. But unlike earlier reports, it turns out that there were several gunshots at the border. At around 9:24, the South Korean military found several North Korean soldiers approaching the Military Demarcation Line while searching for the soldier who defected. At 9:30, the South's military turned on warning broadcasts and fired 20 rounds of a K-3 machine gun. No more soldiers approached the border afterwards,... but the military heard gunshots coming from the North at 10:13 and 10:16... which left no bullets or damage on the South Korean side. Now that makes a total of four North Korean soldiers who've defected to South Korea this year. And the incident this morning comes only a month after a North Korean soldier defected to the South... via the truce village of Panmunjeom. He first drove a jeep to get near to the border and then ran south across the military demarcation line,... and in that process, he was shot multiple times by several North Korean soldiers. Other than the soldier this morning,... two North Korean civilians aboard a fishing boat defected to South Korea last night. South Korea's naval patrol plane found their vessel in the East Sea,... and the North Koreans expressed their intent to defect to the South. Back to you, Mark. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld
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Putin orders food import ban in retaliation against western sanctions
Time now for a look through some of the other international headlines we're following this Thursday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. It looks like the Ukraine crisis could now affect farmers in the West... as Russia is poised to close its market to countries that imposed sanctions on it? That's right. And it could have substantial impact on European farmers in particular, as Moscow is the biggest buyer of their fruits and vegetables. Our Kwon Soa has the details. Responding to the tougher economic sanctions recently imposed on Russia by the EU and the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a one-year ban of agricultural produce, food and vegetable imports on nations that have imposed sanctions against Russia. The government has been ordered to come up with a specific list of goods. Russia's move will have a big impact on Western exporters, as Russia imports nearly a third of its fruit products from the EU, and the U.S. is its second biggest poultry importer. In an attempt to lessen the impact on domestic consumers, Russian authorities say they are looking for alternative partners. Talks with Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil are already scheduled for this week. Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reportedly said Moscow was considering banning European airlines from flying to Asia over Siberia. The sanctions against Russia began with Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, but were strengthened last week, now targeting Russia's defense, financial, and oil sectors. This came in response to Russia's continuous support for pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine. "We don't know yet whether sanctions are working, sanctions are working as intended in putting enormous pressure and strain on the Russian economy.... if you look at projections for Russian growth what you are seeing is that the economy has grown to a halt." Meanwhile, there are concerns Russia could be planning an invasion... as Moscow is believed to have massed some 20-thousand combat-ready troops at its border with Ukraine. NATO says Moscow could go in on the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission... as Kiev gains ground on separatist-held territory. Kwon Soa, Arirang News.
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S. Korea, U.S., Britain conduct first joint air defense exercise
한미영 공군 최초 연합 훈련 실시 Amid growing threats from North Korea, the air forces of South Korea, the U.S. and the UK conducted their first combined air exercise dubbed "Invincible Shield." Our National Defense correspondent Kim Hyun-bin reports. South Korea's air force detects a large number of enemy aircraft moving south. Soon after, fighter jets from South Korea, the U.S., and the United Kingdom are deployed to the area, shooting down all enemy craft in sight. This is part of an exercise dubbed "Invincible Shield," in which the South Korean, U.S. and U.K. air forces are conducting combined air maneuvers for the first time on the Korean peninsula. "This is the first time the three countries have conducted a combined exercise to maintain peace and security on the peninsula as well as to enhance defense cooperation with the U.K. Air Force." Speaking to reporters, a U.S. Air Force Commander condemned Pyongyang's provocations and stressed that the allies will counter any type of threat from the North. "North Korea's provocative actions and threats to regional stability will not be tolerated. Our ironclad bond with the R.O.K will not be shaken and will grow stronger every day. The 7th Air Force is ready to fight tonight and if called upon we will defeat the enemy." The Royal Air Force has deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, a Voyager tanker aircraft along with 200 military personnel. The U.S. has deployed its F-16s while the South Korean Air Force deployed F-15K and KF-16s for the exercise, which runs through Thursday. "The three allies have vowed to further enhance their cooperation to better secure the peninsula and the region." Kim Hyun-bin Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Korean children′s academic stress levels among world′s highest 

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Korea′s zeal for education is known around the world, but that exuberance has put a tremendous amount of pressure on kids here. Despite this,... many Korean kids say they feel physically healthy. But experts worry about long-term consequences. Connie Kim reports. Korea is well known for its high education fever, but its schoolchildren feel highly pressured to succeed in the academic world. A report by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs measuring Korean children′s academic stress... shows more than 50 percent of children in a 2013 survey scored a 3 or higher out of 4 on the academic stress index... higher than the global average. The index accounts for elements such as children′s preschool enrollment and academic achievements. While stress typically takes a toll on a person′s health, the report says this isn′t the case for Korean children. When asked about their health, an overwhelming 97-percent of the children surveyed said they believe they are in good or average physical health. The research conductor says these seemingly contradictory results reflect the unique Korean characteristic of enduring hardship and the high priority on education. "In Korea, admission to a prestigious university is considered an important milestone. I believe this widespread perception partly shapes students′ ability to endure stress and feel physically fine." Psychologists, however, worry that children do not feel the need to relieve stress. That, if left unchecked, could lead to various side effects such as violent behavior or addiction. "There are generally two ways of relieving stress calming yourself down or letting it out. For children, it′s important that parents acknowledge their stress levels and help them let it out." Writing in a journal or taking the time to enjoy a hobby are recommended outlets, but psychologists say these are just a band-aid on the problem. What′s more important, they say, is for Korean society to reflect on its values whether that′s loading kids with homework for academic success or raising kids that are both physically and mentally healthy. Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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Korea's gamble on fuel cell energy
수소연료전지 - 한국 신재생에너지 기대 The landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change came into effect last month, with almost two-hundred countries promising to battle global warming. That means renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are increasingly coming to the fore. But for Korea, one of the fastest growing renewables is hydrogen fuel cell technology. Korea produces almost half of the world's fuel cell power and is banking on its breakthrough to help it reach its emissions targets. Betting on fuel cell: our news feature tonight with Kwon JAngho. The fight against climate change is on. With the Paris accord now in effect, Korea has pledged to do its part, by reducing its carbon emissions by 37-percent by 2030, and more than doubling the country's energy dependency on renewable sources to 11-percent. One of the key sources for Korea is hydrogen fuel cell power. "I've come to Gyeonggi Green Energy Park, the largest fuel cell park in the world. Even so, the whole complex is only about 20-thousand square meters, or the size of about three football pitches. But as we're about to find out, size isn't everything." Built in 2013, this park produces 59-megawatts of energy. That's enough to power 140-thousand homes in nearby Hwaseong city. To get the equivalent power from a solar plant, it would require a plot of land that's 75 times bigger. Wind farms would be up to 100 times bigger. "Another advantage is that, unlike solar or wind energy, we don't rely on nature, so we can keep producing energy over 90-percent of the time." The principle behind fuel cell technology is this: you take hydrogen as the main fuel source and create a chemical reaction with the oxygen in the air. This reaction causes electrical energy and heat. The only by-product is H-2-O, or water. Hydrogen is available from various sources, most notably from water, but the process of extracting the hydrogen is inefficient and costly. Currently the easiest way to get hydrogen is from natural gas, so most fuel cells use natural gas to extract hydrogen to make electricity. This *does also produce a by-product of carbon dioxide, but at a much lower level than other fossil fuels. It also produces very low levels of nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide. "It's not complicated to produce hydrogen, but the difficulty is in getting it cheaply and getting it in mass quantities. Fuel cell technology, compared to other energy sources, is still at a very early stage of development. That means it's still very expensive and difficult for expansion." Korea's moderate climate and limited land mass means it's not well suited for solar or wind energy. That's made Korea the fourth highest nuclear power dependent nation, and 82nd for renewable energy dependency. So the government has decided that fuel cell power could provide the solution. "Fuel cell energy produces 9-and-a-half percent of the country's renewable energy, but that's set to increase to 15-percent by 2029. Korea currently generates about half the world's fuel cell energy power, so we're really leading the field." Hydrogen fuel cells can also be scaled down, and their best known application in this realm is for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. But that's not all. "Inside here we can find a fuel cell generator for home use. It uses the same principle as the fuel cell park we saw earlier. Liquid natural gas and air goes in, to produce electricity." This generator provides energy for the home of Rah Tae-sang. It produces enough electricity for everyday use, including TV time and vacuuming, and even hot water. Although Rah is still connected to the national grid, his electricity bills have fallen significantly. "Especially in winter, when we use heaters and electric blankets, we normally use a lot of electricity, but that is now covered by the fuel cell generator, and so we only pay the minimum basic fee for our electricity." But like the fuel cell plant, the generator still uses natural gas as its hydrogen fuel source, which critics argue doesn't solve the fundamental problem of reliance on fossil fuels. However, experts say it's only a matter of time before the technology advances enough to produce hydrogen more cheaply and efficiently, which would minimize the need for natural gas and reduce CO2 output. And the current push for fuel cells in Korea could eventually provide the solution. "If Korea can develop the technology that everyone is seeking, not only will it help solve the country's energy and emissions problems, it will also create new economic and business opportunities around the world." Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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U.S. special forces ready to neutralize North Korean nuclear facilities
美통합특수전사령관 "한반도 유사시 北핵시설 타격 준비, 美, 서해안서 일주일새 두차례 ICBM 발사실험..北 위협용? The commander of U.S. Special Operations forces says his troops are ready to strike North Korea's key weapons facilities if a crisis breaks out on the Korean peninsula. Kim Jung-soo has more on the comments made following Washington's second successful ICBM test in a week. U.S. Army General Raymond Thomas, commander of the U.S. Special Command, said that American special operations forces are fully prepared to conduct an "entire range of contingency operations" against North Korea in a conflict situation. General Thomas was testifying before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday, but did not give details about the kinds of operations he was referring to. According to American online news site Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday, the troops would be responsible for locating and destroying North Korean nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems, such as mobile missile launchers. According to the Beacon, there are over 8-thousand U.S. special operations forces members stationed in nearly 80 countries worldwide. The last rotational deployment of the special operations forces to South Korea occurred back in February,... when parts of the 1st Special Forces Group and the 75th Ranger Regiment participated in training drills with their South Korean counterparts. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force has confirmed that it conducted a successful test of a land-based intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, just one week after a previous test on April 26th. The missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Like the previous test, this one involved the Minuteman III, a solid-fuel powered ICBM that can cover a maximum distance of 13-thousand kilometers and can reach Pyongyang in just 30 minutes. The missile was equipped with a dummy warhead, just as in the previous test, and flew some six-thousand kilometers before hitting its target in the Pacific Ocean. Despite speculation that the recent tests were intended as a warning to Pyongyang, the U.S. military maintains that the tests are routine... and designed to test the effectiveness of the weapon. Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.
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THAAD deployment in South Korea, a new paradigm for Korean defense system
한반도 사드 배치 결정, 한국 무기체계 새로운 패러다임 Seoul and Washington have confimed that a decision regarding THAAD deployment has been made . This means there will be some major security changes for the peninsula. Our Hwang Ho-jun explains Korea's current missile defense situation and paints a clearer picture of how THAAD could possibly bring a new paradigm in the nation's defense system. Ever since North Korea launched the Unha-3 rocket in 2012, South Korea has been aiming to develop its own indigenous missile defense system -- the Korea Air Missile Defense system -- by mid 2020s. This should be a system designed to intercept low-altitude missiles. Seoul is also developing a long range surface area missile or L-SAM that can hit targets at an altitude of 60 kilometers. Currently in use for South Korea's missile defense is the PAC-2 missiles. The PATRIOT PAC-2 missile defense system is a mobile, low-tier, land-based missile interceptor system, designed to target incoming tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, or aircraft by using a blast-fragmentation warhead that sends debris. The PATRIOT PAC-3, which the U.S. forces are currently using in South Korea, is a "guided missile system," a "hit-to-kill" interceptor that destroys incoming ballistic and cruise missiles by direct impact from a medium to high-altitude altitude of 30 kilometers. Now, THAAD, is capable of intercepting incoming missiles at high-altitudes of up to 150 kilometers. So in a scenario where North Korea does in fact launches a missile towards South Korea, under the most ideal layered defense system, THAAD will be able to intercept enemy rockets even at altitudes of up 150 kilometers. If the interception fails, the L-SAM missiles will follow at a maximum altitude of 60 kilometers. And if that fails again, the PAC-3 system will be launched to intercept missiles at the maximum altitude of 30 kilometers. Experts are saying that such multi-layer defense system would be critical when dealing with missile threats from North Korea. Take a listen. "When using both the existing Patriot missiles and THAAD that will be newly deployed, we can effectively defend South Korea against the North's ballistic missiles. In other words, the synergy between THAAD and the KAMD can definitely consolidate South Korea's missile defense system." However, China strongly opposes to the THAAD deployment, mainly because of the system's powerful RADAR,... as it can cover not only North Korean territory, but also Chinese and Russian strategic locations, including Beijing. Hwang Hojun, Arirang News Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Fourth Industrial Revolution opens new era of AI-based healthcare
4차 산업혁명과 인공지능... 의료에 변화온다 Artificial intelligence is a fourth industrial revolution technology that's helping to lessen the burden on doctors. The data-driven technology helps securing the most up-to-date medical data,... and increases accuracy and efficiency in diagnosing and curing patients. Our news feature tonight with Oh Jung-hee. The AI-healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing branches of the fourth industrial revolution. It's expected to expand by more than ten times through 2020, as IT companies jump on the bandwagon to connect technology and healthcare. One of the innovations that's attracting attention is the Watson for Oncology system, developed by IBM and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This cognitive computing system helps doctors diagnose and treat cancer patients. It uses machine learning algorithms... to analyze patients' medical records... and identify treatment options for doctors and patients. Korea's Gachon University Gil Medical Center in Incheon decided to join medical centers in the U.S., Thailand and India in implementing the technology, and it will start using it in December. "Medical knowledge nearly doubles every year. And it's difficult for clinicians to keep up with a large volume of research that's constantly being updated and recommend the best practices for patients. The roles have to be divided, and artificial intelligence can do that better than humans." Vuno-med, recently developed by a Korean start-up, created to help doctors diagnose Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease by using deep learning algorithms. It identifies different types of lung tissue damage using colors instead of the grayscale used in CT scans. The shades of gray in the scans didn't always provide doctors with clear visualization of lung tissue damage,... sometimes leading them to make an incorrect diagnosis. Vuno-med was created to correct the problem, and it taught itself how to do it... by analyzing diagnostic information and patient data from Asan Medical Center. "In this case, doctors thought that there was mostly this type of damage, seen here in red. But our program discovered other types of tissue damage as well, based on what it learned through doctors' diagnoses." The company's business developer says that when various algorithms are integrated, the program could help provide an accurate diagnosis of almost any disease. "If Vuno-med is upgraded to simultaneously analyze various sorts of data by collecting a number of algorithms,... we will be able to diagnose any disease a patient has,... going much further than just confirming whether it's a certain disease." Considering the technology's potential, many are predicting that it will only be a matter of time before AI systems start substituting a doctor's role in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Experts say, however, that it's unlikely AI will ever replace doctors completely. "Individual devices, pieces of data and algorithms... will all be organized into one system that's optimized for patients. This will, in turn, assist humans and increase their capabilities, not replace them. Then, the human doctor -- who has a full understanding of each technology -- can act like an orchestra conductor. He or she makes the final decision." As the technology becomes more widespread, there will be more opportunities for patients to receive equally good medical care, regardless of where they are. "People won't necessarily have to visit well-known hospitals far away in the capital of Seoul. They will be offered a similar level of treatment at their local hospitals. In general, this will lower the barriers to high-quality treatment for people in desperate situations." The key will be for doctors to have a full grasp of the technology so they can make the most of the tools at their disposal... and lead the way into a future where everyone enjoys an equally accurate, safe and high-quality standard of care. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Tump wins American election by sweeping swing states
미 대선 결과 America has chosen its next leader... and it is... Donald J. Trump. In one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton. Polls were wrong, surveys, reports were all misleading. How did Donald Trump strip down Clinton's blue wall? Let's go to our Lee Unshin at Arirang's election center: Unshin, what happened? How did pollsters get it so wrong? Connyoung, your guess is as good as mine. But, the bottom line is... with at least 278 electoral votes... Donald Trump is set to become America's next leader. And it wasn't even close -- Hillary Clinton's numbers were at 218. As you've said, almost all the projections we have been following turned out to be wrong, so let's take a look at the comprehensive breakdown of what happened on November 8th. To begin with, many states tend to be solidly red or blue, such as Texas and California... and these big states with big numbers of Electoral votes were a given for both candidates from the start. So it really all came down to the 11 so-called swing states, where both candidates made their final efforts into campaigning 'til the very end. Trump and Clinton were neck-and-neck until late at night on Tuesday, but as the results came in from those battleground states, the advantage for Trump became clear. Around 11 p.m. local time, the biggest bombshells of the night came in, as media outlets called three states for Trump: Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Together, they ended up giving 62 electoral votes to Trump, and leading to some early celebrations for Republicans who started to smell victory. It was a close race in Florida, 49 to 47-point-7 percent... a big disappointment for Democrats, as they were really counting on the state where President Obama won in the last two elections... just like the state of Ohio. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Trump reached 244 votes, and Clinton had just 215 -- and remember those INCLUDE the 55 she got from California -- so at that point Trump's victory became almost certain. Clinton claimed Virginia, Colorado and Nevada, but Trump carried on to sweep more purple states, sealing his victory in Pennsylvania, another big loss of 20 votes for Clinton -- and an unexpected one. Pennsylvania had gone blue for the last 6 consecutive elections, including those of Bill Clinton. What put Trump over the magic number of 270 votes was Alaska and Wisconsin, leaving Clinton far behind, allowing us to go ahead and announce him as the new President-Elect of the United States. Connyoung. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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N. Korea to respond to mass defection by closing down overseas restaurants
北, 해외식당 대대적 정리 움직임…한국인 접촉 금지령도 The North Korean regime seems rattled, after 13 North Korean restaurant workers defected to South Korea last week. Various reports - although not confirmed by Arirang news - indicate the North Korean regime is reacting to the latest mass defection by shutting down half of its overseas restaurants. This comes as more details emerge... about their escape unseen in recent decades. Risky journey South... Kwon Jang-ho has more. North Korea is responding to last week's mass defection of 13 people from a restaurant in China, by planning to shut down many of its state-run restaurants around the world. According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency via a source close to the regime, more than half the restaurants in China are in the process of closing its doors. There are believed to be 130 or so restuarants in 12 countries, mostly in China and Southeast Asia. They are estimated to earn the regime about 10 million U.S. dollars a year, but recent sanctions imposed by the U.N. and South Korea are said to have drastically reduced the number of customers, putting pressure on the staff to make up for lost revenue themselves. The defectors reportedly left a restaurant in Ningbo, China,... then flew to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur, where they received assistance from the South Korean government. They dressed up as South Korean tourists to try and avoid attention. Due to diplomatic issues, and the risk of having the identities of the defectors revealed to the North Korean government, South Korea's unificiation ministry has refused to corroborate the details of their escape, and stressed the defectors initiated the escape themselves. Chinese authorities also confirmed for the first time on Monday that the defectors were able to leave China using North Korean passports. Overseas restaurant jobs are legal work for elite women in North Korea, and the workers are provided with the rare passports. They are normally kept under strict control by a minder, but it seems this time the minder defected with them. Most of the tens of thousands of North Korean workers in China are illegal and usually attempt much more difficult and dangerous escapes. Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Korean scientists develop manufacturing technology for eco-friendly algae bioplastics
미역이 고성능 플라스틱으로…친환경 제작 기술 개발 A Korean research team has developed the technology to manufacture eco-friendly bioplastics using seaweed. Not only is seaweed naturally derived and inexpensive, the new material reduces the amount of harmful byproducts emitted during the manufacturing process. Park Se-young has more. High-performance plastics are found in cars, airplanes and smartphones and demand for them is growing. The global market for the material is estimated to grow from around 15 billion U.S. dollars this year... to over 35 billion by 2026. On the downside, the material is manufactured at high temperatures using toxic materials, emitting lots of environmental pollutants in the process. But that could soon change... if the work of a local research team proves successful. They've developed the technology to produce eco-friendly bioplastics using seaweed. This technique is the first of its kind to use lipids from algae. "The existing process requires high temperatures and pressure and uses strong oxidizers, but we've reduced the level of energy consumption and formation of environmental pollutants." The new production process happens at room temperature and doesn't require any exceptional pressure conditions, reducing the amount of harmful byproducts. To do it, the researchers extracted fat and fatty acid from dried green algae. Then, an enzyme reaction of the fats created carboxylic acid, a material used to manufacture high-performance plastic. Going forward, the research team plans to develop the technology for mass production of the material and take its invention to the market. Park Se-young, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Job-seekers flock for a shot at working for Samsung Group
Want a job at Samsung? Prepare to get run through the ringers. It all starts with an aptitude test, which about 100-thousand people have already taken... this year alone. It underscores the appeal of working for Korea's largest conglomerate, but also... that the nation's economy could be in trouble if Samsung hits hard times. Kim Ji-yeon reports. On an early Sunday morning, this large group of people is heading towards a local school ground. They're not adolescents looking for extra credit, they're job applicants to Korea's largest company: Samsung. Working for the conglomerate is considered a dream job, as it offers stability, benefits and good pay. So what does it take to get hired? The first hurdle applicants must clear is the Samsung Aptitude Test. If they want an interview, they have to pass the standardized test first. It evaluates a person's abilities in a wide range of subjects including linguistics, math and logic. There's heated competition among job applicants each and every year, and this year is no exception. "I could have graduated college late last year but postponed it to study for the Samsung Aptitude Test. I even took classes to get a good score on the test." Since the beginning of the year, more than 100-thousand people have applied for employment at Samsung, but just around 4-thousand are expected to land a regular paying job. That means that only one out of 20 people will get in. "Reflecting this fervor to get a job at Samsung,... you can see there's a variety of workbooks on every subject for the Samsung Aptitude Test... illustrating just how much influence the conglomerate has on the Korean economy and society." Samsung Group's total market value was more than 286 billion U.S. dollars in 2012... comprising nearly 26 percent of all listed companies in Korea. At the same time, combined operating profits of Samsung and its affiliates were nearly 16 percent of the listed companies in 2012... at around 29 billion U.S. dollars. Market researcher CEO Score suggests a need to find ways for other Korean companies to boost their revenues as well... highlighting the risks to the Korean economy if Samsung has to face unfair value of the currency or a global financial crisis that may hamper profits. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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Korean researchers develop highly efficient transparent solar cells
국내에서 개발한 최고 효율의 투명 태양전지 Better ways to harness the power of the sun. That's among the hottest green energy research that's ongoing around the world. A team in Korea has developed a breakthrough technology Lee Ji-won introduces to us what could be the next level in solar energy. When people think of solar panels... what might come to mind is a dark, inflexible object installed on a roof. But the solar panels of today are more transparent with more applications than ever. Now, a Korean team of researchers says it's developed new solar cells that are more transparent and efficient than their predecessors, potentially allowing households to save energy and money. They could even be used to charge your phone. The team was aiming to narrow the gap between transparency and efficiency, while also addressing a major obstacle -- uneven application of the material used to coat the cells. Their method of coating the cells allows for even application, resulting in greater transparency, better conductivity and longer life. "By coating a piece of glass or transparent plastic with nickel oxide and zinc oxide, we found a way for the solar cell to efficiently absorb and convert UV rays into solar energy while letting the visible light pass through." The panels they developed are over 80-percent transparent and convert 8-percent of the light they take in, which is extremely high compared to existing solar cells that are either 20-percent transparent or are much less efficient. "The transparent solar cell is also two-sided, meaning that light can enter from both sides... so when it's attached to a window, it will generate energy from the sunlight in the morning.. and from the artificial light inside the room at night. The team is now working to vary the cell's shape, thickness and flexibility... so it can be attached to any object, including cars, phones and windows... and still function when needed. With the global transparent solar cell market expected to grow over 17-billion U.S. dollars by 2020, the team says its goal is to commercialize the solar cell in two years,... offering consumers an environmentally and economically friendly energy source... as well as a convenient way to charge everyday devices. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Japanese cell biologist awarded Nobel Prize for work on autophagy
Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won this year's Nobel prize in medicine for his work on 'self-eating' cells. He figured out how cells degrade and essentially take out the trash. Barry Welsh reports. The Japanese cell biologist received the award for his research on how cells operate to "detoxify" themselves. Yoshinori Ohsumi's work on cell breakdown, a field known as autophagy, is important because it can help explain what goes wrong in a variety of diseases. Autophagy, derived from Greek words that basically mean "self-eating" is how the body recycles unwanted or unneeded cells. These unneeded cells are located in the body and their useful elements are recycled to generate energy or create new cells. It's a very important process that prevents cancerous growths from forming, maintains a healthy metabolism and can also protect against diabetes. Ohsumi's research concerns how cells break down and recycle their content. And disruptions in this recycling process have been linked to diseases like cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes. "The discoveries made by Yoshinori Ohsumi have been instrumental in revealing the mechanism and significance of a fundamental physiological process and there is growing hope that this knowledge will lead to the development of new strategies for the treatment of many human diseases." Ohsumi was awarded a prize of 8 million Swedish crowns, or roughly 933,000 US dollars, and he told Japanese media that he was extremely honored. "In recent years I've unexpectedly received many awards, but the weight of the Nobel prize is on another level." The Japanese cell biologist was born in 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan, and has been a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2009. The prize for Physiology or Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year. Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel. Barry Welsh, Arirang news.
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Why would defectors want to go back to North Korea?
재월북하는 북한이탈주민, 이유는? A reclusive state under a leadership that deprives its citizens of basic needs and rights, which continues to isolate itself from the rest of the world. It seems only natural to want to escape from North Korea. However, among those who risk their lives to cross the border to freedom and democracy... there are those who opt to return to the hermit kingdom. For our news features tonight, Kim Hyesung takes a closer look at why some choose to make the intriguing choice. Lim Ji-hyun, a North Korean defector who fled to the South in 2014 and became a TV personality, disappeared in China in April. Then in early July, Lim appeared in a North Korean video, tearfully saying her life in the capitalist South was like hell. "There was only physical and psychological pain." As of this year, more than 30-thousand North Korean defectors have re-settled in the South. Now she's one of around 25 North Korean defectors who re-defected to the North in the last five years. "Behind me is North Korea, one of the most reclusive states in the world. Many North Korean defectors risk their lives, crossing the river border with China, then making the long trek through third countries like Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand to reach the South. So why would anyone want to leave the bustling, wealthy South Korea to return to a life of repression in the North?" Lee Ju-song, a North Korean defector who came to the South ten years ago says adjusting to life here wasn't easy. "When I first came to Seoul, I was shocked that even the language we use is different. South Koreans use a lot of words combined with English, like hana-mart, making day to day communication difficult." Upon arrival, North Korean defectors go through extensive debriefing, and months of the Hanawon resettlement program, where they learn about the differences between the North and South. After the program, each defector receives a rental apartment, and government subsidies. But for many defectors, not all that money goes into their pockets. "Since 2012, Kim Jong-un has tightened border security. Broker fees have soared, now it's around 14,000 U.S. dollars. Not many North Koreans can afford that, so most are in debt upon arrival in the South and need to pay money back to smugglers in China." Economic hardship is one difficulty, with the unemployment rate three times higher for North Koreans than South Koreans, but family separation and discrimination is a bigger problem for those resettling in the South. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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China will overtake most of Korea′s strong industries by 2018 study 

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Korea is currently one of the strongest competitors in the global shipbuilding and display industries,... but a new report shows... China is not very far behind. Park Ji-won reports on the forecasts for key Korean industries.... four years in the future. Will Korea maintain its global competitiveness in its strongest industries down the road? The country currently holds the top position in the global shipbuilding, communication device and display sectors. Automobiles and semiconductors are also key for Korea. But a new study predicts that China will overtake most of these industries in just four years. The Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade says that although Korea currently faces the toughest competition from Japan, the U.S. and European countries, China will be Korea′s biggest competitor in nine key industries by 2018. After that, only Korea′s automobile sector,... which is now the world′s fifth largest,... will maintain its global competitiveness. Korea′s general machinery and semiconductor sectors will also see fierce competition from China in the coming four years. The forecast is also gloomy for Korea′s shipbuilding, communication device and display sectors, which are currently number one in the world. The institute adds, China will be especially strong in IT sectors like smartphones and LCDs,... which are Korea′s main exports at present. PARK Ji-won, Arirang News.
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Korean scientists develop way to correct hemophilia-causing gene 

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People born with genetic diseases often have to endure the conditions their entire life without much hope of getting any better. One of those diseases is hemophilia. But Korean scientists may have found a way to fix the disorder by ′correcting′ the gene causing it in the first place. Song Ji-sun fills us in on this breakthrough. Hemophilia is a genetic disease that causes patients to bleed uncontrollably as their blood lacks coagulating agents that regulate blood clotting. Over 400-thousand people suffer from this disease in the world... and there′s currently NO cure for the disorder. Hemophilia A is the most common form of the disease. It′s caused when an inversion of a particular gene occurs at birth. However,... in a possible breakthrough,... Korean researchers have found a way to fix this irregularity. Using a type of ″genetic scissors″, scientists cut the inverted gene... and correct it so it takes the right position. They then transplant the gene into cultivated stem cells. Tested on mice, those given the fixed gene lived twice as long as those that weren′t. ″Nearly half of all hemophilia patients suffer from severe symptoms... and half of them have the disease because this gene is inverted. We believe this technique could be applied to other forms of the disease that are derived from a similar mutation.″ While many more studies need to be done,... clinical research on humans could begin within the next ten years. The gene correction procedure could replace the medication-based treatment for hemophiliacs which requires regular injections throughout a patient′s lifetime. The research was published in the July online edition of Cell Stem Cell. Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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A part of France in Korea
한불 수교 130주년을 맞이해서 돌아보는 한국안에 녹아든 프랑스 The fruits of Korea and France's strong relationship is evident throughout the streets of Seoul... and in one neighborhood in particular. Our Lee Ji-won takes a look at the "little France" of Korea. Korea and France have shared many economic and cultural exchanges over the past 130 years. Business people and expatriates have been welcomed in both countries... and today, more than 4-thousand French people live in Korea. "And as more French people came to live in Korea, they formed their own community. There's even a French village in a plush residential area of southern Seoul, called Seorae Village." About 300 French nationals live in Seorae Village, also known as 'Little France in Seoul', an area filled with various French institutes and stores. Even the road signs are written in French. One of the main reasons French people gather in the village is because the French School of Seoul is located here. Since the school moved from Itaewon in 1985, more French families have settled in this neighborhood. With about 450 students from kindergarteners to highschoolers, the school uses a French curriculum to help students adapt to any French school in the world. But there's one special requirement in the curriculum. "The strong requirements of our network is to make sure we integrate the local culture and language in our curriculum. For instance, they study the Korean holiday of 'Chuseok,' various traditions of Korea, and from the age of 8, they study the Korean language." And to assist foreigners living in Korea, Global Learning Centers were established in 2008. The centers are open to all, but the programs and staff at this center in Seorae Village are mainly French. "We help them with whatever small or big questions they have on living in Korea. As centers need to reflect the foreign population in the area... all of our staff speak French and we hold more programs regarding the French culture." The center provides various assistance ranging from dealing with small language barriers to teaching Korean cultural events. "During my first week here, it was for me the first persons i met. And they explained a lot about Korea and I knew that I found a place where i can be welcomed and have all the answers to my questions." President Park's current state visit to France... will help continue the countries' rich history of cultural and business exchanges. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Donald Trump would meet with N. Korea's leader to seek end to nuclear program
트럼프 "김정은과 북핵 문제 논의 용의 있어" Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the U.S. presidential election... says he is willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to curb the reclusive state's nuclear program. That's a change in tone by the presidential candidate,... but is it something South Korea should take seriously? Kwon Soa takes a closer look. Picture Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the same room, thrashing out their differences. It might be difficult to imagine now, but it might happen if the presumptive Republican presidential nominee wins the White House in the fall. In an interview with Reuters,... Trump expressed a willingness to talk with Kim if it would help get the regime to denuclearize. Trump said "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him" -- a different tone from his previous remarks about the North Korean leader,... when he called Kim a "maniac" and "madman." It's also far from the Obama administration and South Korea's position that denuclearization must come before dialogue. So far,... no incumbent U.S. president has had a one-on-one with their North Korean counterpart. Trump refused to elaborate on his specific North Korea policies,... but said he would pressure China to help find a way to deal with the regime. Many experts say... Trump is in the middle of formulating his diplomatic policies,... which once seemed to be focused solely on America's interests. "I think his foreign policy platform, along with his policy towards the Korean peninsula has not been finalized, so I think we have to wait and see how his platform and foreign policy is finalized, and determine pretty much by the time the Democratic and the Republican Party convention is held at the end of July." "That's why experts say it's necessary to follow Trump's statements closely, but that it's not time to take him too seriously... yet. Kwon Soa, Arirang News." Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Korean researchers developed a contact lense that can treat Glaucoma
렌즈만 끼면 녹내장 악화 걱정 '뚝' Glaucoma is an eye disease linked to loss of vision. Eye-drops and surgical techniques have long been the main treatments used to slow its progress. Recently however, Korean researchers have found a more efficient solution. Kim Mok-yeon reports. The National Research Foundation of Korea announced that local researchers have developed a contact lens that can be used as an efficient treatment for Glaucoma. The research team, led by professor Kwon In-chan at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology developed a contact lens that boosts drug delivery efficiency to the eyes, by adding vitamins to soft contact lenses. Since eye-drops don't stay in the eyes and are easily washed away by tears, researchers developed this special contact lens that contains the treatment drugs for Glaucoma. The basic principle is that a soft contact lens absorbs and stores a special type of drug that cures glaucoma, and when the lens is worn, the drug is released slowly and more directly to the surface of the eyeball. The team increased the effectiveness of the lens by adding fat-soluble vitamin A and vitamin E which together form a concrete surface that can absorb and store larger amounts of glaucoma medication, making it possible for the treatment to stay in the eyes for a longer period of time. "By using vitamins to store larger amounts of drugs in the lens, we can also significantly lower the manufacturing cost." The latest technology is expected to lower the cost of glaucoma medication because inserting vitamins in the lens is much cheaper than putting in nanoparticles that can increase drug absorption. Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
Korea′s Coupang makes name for itself in e-commerce industry 

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On this edition of Industry Insight...] We take a look at a local e-commerce startup.... that has broken away from the rest... to become one of the country′s leading online retailers. It′s called Coupang [ ],... and its innovative strategies and breakneck growth have attracted investors from home and abroad. Connie Lee has more. It′s a click, click here... and a click, click there and whether it′s a box of diapers,.... a bag of coconut flakes... or a new winter jacket,... you can get the item delivered right to your door, before the end of the day. It′s all done through Coupang,... which promotes itself as the country′s leading e-commerce company. The four-year-old company has grown quickly In 2011, it went from a million subscribers... and 20-million U.S. dollars in transactions... to 25-million subscribers and more than 180-million in transactions today. Most shoppers use its mobile app... which was the number one shopping app last year, beating out competitors like WeMakePrice and TicketMonster. Coupang started out as a site offering daily deals... by Bom Kim... but is now a full-fledged e-commerce company with more than 2-thousand employees,... who enjoy an open-office space in Seoul that looks like it belongs in Silicon Valley. The Korean start-up has lured U.S. investors... and most recently raised 300-million from a group led by BlackRock. Investors point to Coupang′s same-day service model, mobile expertise and online offerings as the features that make it one to watch. Coupang says it knows how to lure in the customers, especially to its mobile app. "You may think the secret is simply behind the design and layout. But in fact, there′s a lot of technology and research that goes into this. We were able to keep up with that." The company also says there′s nothing like its "end-to-end" customer service, which involves using its own delivery personnel... including the "Coupang Man." The Coupang Man does not fly, but his services are compared to that through the company′s so-called "Rocket Delivery." This may be the key to getting repeat customers. "I went from buying necessities, and grew into buying everything." I met with one avid user "A lot of the times I′m not at home when they′re delivering something. They take a photo and then send me a text message: ′This is where we left it.′ So I′m 100-percent sure I′m going to be getting the item, which hasn′t been the case when I′ve used other services." Coupang has even given new life to businesses that have partnered with it. This online shopping mall,... which specializes in trendy, feminine pieces,... has seen its annual sales increase 20-fold after engaging Coupang to sell its items. "The marketing and promotion of my brand through Coupang was incredible... led me to sell 10-thousand items in a day. / I′ve now expanded my business and created another brand to go into malls." As
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SHINee member Jong-hyun found unconscious in Cheongdam-dong house, later died in hospital
샤이니 종현, 청담동 오피스텔서 쓰러진 채 발견…병원서 숨져 It's a sad day for Hallyu, especially for fans of K-Pop group SHINee. At around 6pm Monday local time, Jong-hyun... was found unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong. He passed after being moved to the hospital. Police began searching for the idol group member after getting a phone call at around 4:40pm from his sister... that messages from him containing phrases such as "I've been struggling till now," "let me go," and "last goodbye."... led her to fear the worst possible scenario. Police officers found him in a room, not his own, with lit coal briquettes...a common way to commit suicide in Korea. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, but for now, other details surrounding the pop idol's death are not known. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld
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New Chinese aircraft carrier 'six times more powerful' than existing Liaoning
中 토종 항모 1호 '001A형' 전력 랴오닝함의 6배…함재기 36대 China has launched its second aircraft carrier... but the first it has ever built from scratch with homegrown components. It marks the latest milestone in China's superpower ambitions to build Asia's largest naval fleet. Ro Aram has the details. The Type 001A carrier is said to have six times more military strength than China's existing Liaoning vessel, which was purchased from Ukraine and put into commission in the Chinese Navy in 2012. Development of the Type 001A carrier began in 2013 and construction two years later. It weighs about 50-thousand tons, which is 10-thousand less than its predecessor, but it's slightly longer with a wider command platform. It is powered by conventional steam turbines, which makes it slower than U.S. nuclear-powered carriers, but quicker than the Liaoning. The vessel also houses a ski jump-style deck for take offs, which experts say is cheaper to run than the catapults used by the U.S., but limits the diversity of aircraft on board to smaller fighter jets. The new carrier aims to carry 36 Shenyang J-15 multi-role fighter jets, which is 12 more than what the Liaoning can carry. After sea trials and the arrival of its full air complement, the yet-to-be-named carrier is expected to be operational by 2020. Although it still has some way to go to catch up with American carriers, the new ship is part of Beijing's bigger plan to build a navy that is unrivaled in Asia... and another carrier -- the Type 002 -- is reportedly under construction in Shanghai. However, these ambitions are rattling neighboring countries, as they see hidden motives behind China's naval expansion, which adds to already high tensions in the region, including the territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea. For its part, Beijing insists that its military maintains a purely defensive posture. Ro Aram, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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128 countries at UN condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision
트럼프 엄포에도••• 유엔총회 '예루살렘 결의' 압도적 채택 The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly backed a resolution calling for U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be withdrawn. Thursday's vote came despite warnings from the U.S. to pull funding from the world body. Ro Aram reports. Widespread defiance of President Trump's declaration on Jerusalem was already apparent at Monday's UN Security Council meeting when all other nations apart from the U.S. backed a resolution calling on Trump to rescind his move. That was eventually vetoed by America and therefore didn't get adopted. That sparked the Palestinians and their Arab and Islamic supporters to seek Thursday's General Assembly vote. Results were 128 in favor, nine against and 35 abstentions. The vote came despite warnings from the U.S. ambassador that Washington was willing to sever its hefty funding to the world body. (English) AP - 7002294 / 1 "When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What's more, that nation is asked to pay for the "privilege" of being disrespected. Haley said the U.S. will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said afterward that he totally rejects what he called the "preposterous" resolution. But, he took the time to thank nations that chose to abstain. Those who voted in favor included many U.S. aid recipients including Jordan and Egypt, as well as many American allies. President Trump's threat of cutting foreign aid had raised the stakes at Thursday's emergency meeting and triggered accusations from Muslims of U.S. bullying, blackmail and intimidation. Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations rejected his warnings and urged a "yes" vote. The non-binding resolution states that any decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem are "null and void" and must be cancelled. Ro Aram, Arirang News. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld
21st Busan International Film Festival kicks off
And some exciting news for movie lovers in Korea... This year's Busan International Film Festival,... arguably the biggest in Asia,... kicked off Thursday with an impressive lineup of world premieres and award-winning films. Our Lee Ji-won was there for the opening night,... and filed this report. Residents of Busan may still be cleaning up from the effects of Typhoon Chaba, but that hasn't put a damper on the excitement for the city's premier event. The Busan International Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, invites over 150 directors and movie stars from around the world... to share their talents -- from popular Korean actress Park So-dam... to Souleymane Cisse, a prominent African film director and a juror for one of the festival awards. The festival, which is Asia's largest, features roughly 300 films from 70 countries, including over 120 world and international premieres... and numerous award-wining films from this year's Cannes Film Festival. And to celebrate its support for Asian films and directors over the years, the festival will open and close with Asian films in the spotlight. The Iraqi film "The Dark Wind" by director Hussein Hassan will close the festival,... while a Korean film will serve as the opening act for the first time in five years. "A Quiet Dream," by Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu, is about a young woman who owns a small bar and three men who wish to win her heart. Filmed in black and white, the atmosphere retains a dream-like quality that draws the audience into the story. "The festival also features a series of public events including forums, master classes and open talks,... where the directors and actors can share their insights with audiences. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Busan. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Vietnamese culture celebration event held in Gyeongju
경주문화엑스포에서 베트남 한국 A special celebration highlighting the vibrancy of South Korea-Vietnam ties was held today in the southeastern city of Gyeongju. The event was organized to give us a sneak peak of the 'Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017' set to kick off later this year. Our Lee Unshin is there.. and files this report. This elegant dance called 'Vietnam at a Glance' is one of the Southeast Asian nation's most well-known traditional performances. The dancers, clad in eye-popping colored custom dresses, welcome visitors to a celebration of 25 years of South Korea-Vietnam ties. "I hope this event helps residents understand the essence of the upcoming Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017, and recognize the deep cultural and economic ties we have with Vietnam." Gyeongju residents got an early peak at the fashion show and musical performances that will feature at the expo in November. Upstairs from where the opening ceremony was held, there is this cultural exhibition for local visitors to get a glimpse at Vietnam. There are many custom made souvenirs for them, and over there is a food stall, where visitors can get a taste of some traditional Vietnamese dishes like Pho. "We just had a bowl of Pho together. The best way to learn about a country's culture is through its food... and it's delicious." From intricately embroidered art displays, handicrafts made from rice grains, to traditional hats called 'Non La'... a closer look at Vietnam's customs shows that, in many ways,... they are not that different to Korea's. "I bought this Vietnamese hat and it reminds me of traditional hats we have in Korea. Even the music they're playing sounds familiar. I haven't been to Vietnam but I'd imagine how people live there isn't too different from life here." The event was followed by an MOU signing ceremony with the Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province... wishing a successful hosting of the expo. The Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017 is expected to be a platform for cultural exchanges, as well as a celebration of the growing cooperation between the two nations. Lee Unshin Arirang News, Gyeongju. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Korean universities offer summer courses for int'l students
A growing number of college students are choosing to spend their summer breaks in Korea, not on vacation but to shore up their academic credentials. They're taking advantage of Korean universities that offer summer courses, and they're gaining a better understanding of Korea in the process. Shin Se-min reports. Socializing with Korean students and immersing themselves in cultural activities,... students from over a dozen different countries gather at a Korean campus. They are taking part in an international summer course program for students and professors that a growing number of private universities in Korea provide. "With nearly 100-thousand international students currently residing in the nation, more colleges are designing programs and scholarship opportunities,... in hopes of bringing the world to Korea." To differentiate their experiences while spending the summer in Korea,... universities have expanded the number of science and technology-related courses, which is something students expect due to Korea's tech-heavy reputation. Universities also send students outside the classroom... and into internships at Korean-based companies, organizations and even broadcasting stations. The opportunity to spend a summer overseas while adding college credits isn't reserved for those with money readily available. "As a non-profit organization,... we, the university have the obligation to foster young students regardless of their background. So we try to broaden our view by inviting students from developing countries,... and eventually letting 'globalization' work on our campus." "Great benefit for us, because we get to come here with scholarship so that we have a good opportunity to stay here and learn about new things on Korean culture." Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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Young entrepreneurs share stories of success
청년창업 사례자... 성공의 비결은? Korea has been active in stepping up efforts to become an innovative and entrepreneurial economy... driven by the current administration's "creative economy" initiative... which relies heavily on a vibrant startup culture in the tech industry. Nonetheless, startups and entrepreneurship are fairly new concepts in the Korean economy. But, Asia's fourth largest economy has been seeing a burgeoning corps of young entrepreneurs in recent months and years... The second installment of our special feature: Entrepreneurship, Both Job Creator and Job Alternative -- our Lee Ji-won shares with us a few success stories. Here in this small building in Seoul, two grad-school students are busy at work. A little over two years ago, the duo launched a startup based on an idea and need. "Seatbelts are designed for adults, so when used by children, the strap tends to scratch their necks. But by using our product, the angle is adjusted…alleviating physical discomfort and providing children with a positive experience with the doll." The product took first prize in their university's start-up competition and was granted the world renowned design award. However, the accolades haven't necessarily translated to economic success as of yet. "We thought as long as it was functional the product would sell. But this was very naive on our part. Consumers must be convinced that they need the product, and it's very hard to do that." But the two continue to have faith in their products. "You must be confident and believe in your product. If doubt creeps in, it can really take a toll. You need to continue to test you're product or service until you are certain it will work." Many young business people are also making their start in the local food industry. This food truck which operates in a popular university area in Seoul welcomes hordes of customers. "The patty is very juicy and the vegetables are really fresh. This burger is really delicious." "Good, it's good. Actually the size is bigger than the normal ones we eat in Hong Kong. The young CEO started this food truck six years ago to create handmade burgers that can easily be eaten without using utensils. He opened a second branch last year near Hongdae, a popular neighborhood among young people,...and so far, registered sales of about 506-thousand U.S. dollars. But like any other business, challenges remain as the industry is often at the mercy of external factors such as weather,... for example, sales may drop by half during the winter and rainy season. Despite this, the CEO expects the business to grow based on taste and the fact that his burgers are made to order. "Your product or service should not be swayed by trends. It has to be something unique and that you are good at. That is the key to sustaining success." Kim Seung-hyun is a young entrepreneur who proves that a top education isn't always necessary for success. After dropping out of high school, he worked as an apprentice under his father and learned about the printing industry. He eventually realized the potential of Korea's packaging market and started his own business in 2012. Now at 28, he is the CEO of one of the most successful packaging firms in the country, with projected sales of about 1-point-7 million dollars this year. "It wasn't easy learning about the packaging industry. There isn't much information about it on the internet. I had to actually visit factories and printing firms to learn firsthand, and people in the industry were not very willing to teach me at first." Kim says the most important factors in package design are eye-catching appearance and practicality. Keeping these fundamentals in mind, the company was able to create packaging for a variety of products including some of world's most renowned luxury goods. With his company now an established firm in the industry, Kim is helping other startups promote their products... through marketing assistance and offering discounts on packaging. He wants to share his experience and help others prosper. "The most important thing when launching a startup is to experience everything firsthand. You always have to be on your toes and be willing to take the bumps at different stages. Only then, can you truly understand your business." The entrepreneurs say that being a young CEO,... is not a disadvantage, as long as you are brave and knowledgeable about your business. Lee Ji-won Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Jobs that could be replaced by Artificial Intelligence
5년뒤 AI가 대체할 직업은?...인공지능과 협업 시대 준비 시급 Ever since the landmark match this month between Korean Baduk master Lee Se-dol and Google's DeepMind computer program AlphaGo, public interest has grown in Artificial Intelligence. Many are also wondering if these programs could eventually take over some jobs from humans. Kim Mok-yeon reports. With the continuous development of smart technology worldwide, and President Park Geun-hye's plans to boost South Korea's Artificial Intelligence Industry, people have been questioning, up to what extent could AI take over? If these robots could replace humans, which jobs would be at high risk? The Korea Employment Information Service unveiled the list of jobs in Korea that could be replaced by AI in the next five years. It mostly included jobs that involve repetitive tasks or those that require less communication. Among some 400 jobs, concrete workers topped the list followed by butchers, plastic and rubber producers, security guards and tax administrators, in that order. Delivery men, gas station workers and baby sitters were also included in the top 30 jobs that could be at risk. Among professional jobs, under-writers, general practitioners and air traffic controllers had relatively higher risks. On the other hand, occupations that require human emotions, especially in the arts and music sector, had lower possibilities of getting replaced. Artists and sculptors were the least replaceable followed by photographers, music composers, musicians and ballet dancers. Actors, designers and teaching professionals also had low possibilities of replacement. The Korea Employment Information Service said that it based its research on a model created by Oxford University's Frey and Osborne in 2013. "I think this could be a good opportunity to cooperate with these robots and improve overall outcome by allowing them to take over the simple and repetitive tasks and make humans focus on more valuable work." Experts say that it is necessary to develop a social agreement about the roles of Artificial Intelligence in our society before 2020. Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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N. Korea covers unused tunnel at nuclear test site, hinting at possible test
북, 풍계리 3번 갱도에 위장막...'핵 미사일' 연쇄도발 가능성 North Korea's nuclear test site is coming under the microscope yet again. Satellite imagery show the regime has covered an unused tunnel at the site,... suggesting Pyongyang could be readying for its third nuclear test THIS YEAR. We start with Unification Ministry correspondent, Connie Kim. North Korea may be readying for yet another nuclear test at an unused underground tunnel at its Punggye-ri test site. Multiple sources within the South Korean government said Wednesday that a cover had been set up at the site's second and third underground tunnel. The covers were set up even before the regime's fifth nuclear test on September 9th. Military and intelligence authorities are said to be keeping a close eye on any further activity that could suggest an imminent test. This month's nuclear test was conducted at the second underground tunnel, but no nuclear test has ever been conducted at the third tunnel. The U.S.-based North Korea monitoring website 38 North says the cover at the second tunnel was not removed after this month's test, but it has been revealed for the first time that a cover was set up at the unused third tunnel. With Pyongyang claiming this week that it successfully tested a rocket engine for a geo-stationary satellite,… South Korean and U.S. military and intelligence authorities are strengthening their monitoring of North Korea. Incoming U.S. Strategic Commander John E. Hyten said that,... if the North has the capability to put a satellite into orbit,... the rocket would be powerful enough to reach the continental United States. Connie Kim, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Arts & Culture: Part 1 - The National Library of Sejong City
And now it's time for our Arts & Culture segment with Lee Tae Ho, and today he has news about a new cultural landmark that is making headlines. Good afternoon, Tae Ho. Good afternoon, Conn-young. So, what is this new cultural landmark that has been so popular with the masses? Well, it's definitely not what most people have in mind when they think of cultural landmarks. And in this age of high-tech digital media, it's a facility that definitely has a modern edge. The old adage "never judge a book by its cover," definitely applies to this brand new building in the city of Sejong. What looks to be an open book -- or a row of books stacked on a shelf -- is actually the National Library of Sejong. "I've brought a lot of friends here." "And why did you bring them here?" "Because the facilities and the view are excellent " The new facility was created to provide public servants who have recently moved to the area as part of a government relocation plan... with a central location for policy data. However, it is easy to see that there are more local residents and visitors here than government workers, which is in part because of the lack of other cultural facilities in the fast developing city and the brand new books that are available. As a result, 13 percent of the library's books are checked out on a regular basis, an abnormally high rate. The high quality of the interior has also made it a popular spot for local residents to gather, in addition to attracting visitors. "There are so many books available, and the digital reference room and other resources are so modern, it makes it a great atmosphere for studying or reading." Another feature that makes the library so popular is the beautiful sky lounge on the fourth floor. Since opening in December, the library has also been extremely popular as a benchmark, which is evidenced by the number of tours taken by people who work at other libraries. "There have been many visitors from many different places. Of course, there have been visits from people who work at other public libraries and university libraries, and the number of tour requests from organizers who are planning to open similar kinds of facilities has been overwhelming." This brand new "cultural oasis" in the administrative city of Sejong is open from nine to six, with plans to extend hours until 9 p.m. currently in the works.
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Local hospital demonstrates how Google Glass can be used in medical services 

And in this next report, we see how Korea′s healthcare industry is seeking to incorporate technology into its medical services. Our Kim Min-ji takes us to a local hospital... that′s demonstrating how Google Glass can be used in the emergency room. This patient has just been hit by a car,... and is bleeding severely from his head. An ambulance worker puts on a smart, wearable device and starts recording what he sees and this can be seen from the hospital emergency room. I think the patient needs an I.V. Okay. Please give me permission to insert it. Yes, you have my permission. "In the 15 minutes it takes to get to the hospital, the paramedic follows the directions of the doctor, while hospital staff prepare the necessary medical equipment for the patient." It′s a scene that could be from a movie, but is part of a "smart" emergency medical service demonstration by Myongji Hospital in Goyang the FIRST of its kind in Korea. Using state-of-the-art-technology in this case, Google Glass, which enables real-time video communication the service aims to provide the best possible response in the shortest amount of time for patients that could be in critical condition. "Google Glass allows doctors to see the exact condition of the patient, and therefore allows for clearer and more effective treatments. The paramedic is also less burdened, as they have both hands free to use when attending to the patient." In this situation, Google Glass enables doctors to not only check the medical records of patients,... but also lets them view X-rays and CT and MRI scans... just by scanning a QR code that′s loaded with the patient′s details. Officials at Myongji Hospital hope to later adopt the technology in all areas of the hospital,... from wards and outpatient clinics to operating rooms. However, there are some obstacles they will have to clear beforehand. Not only will the system be costly to adopt,... Google Glass first needs to be authorized for medical use in Korea. Security issues are another concern,... as the device can currenly only be connected by wi-fi,... and not all of the data exchanged may be encrypted. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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South Korea's population now over 50 million, but a significant number of residents lives alone
5000만 인구 시대, 1인가구 비중 25년새 3배, 10%가 혼자살아 South Korea has released its latest census. It shows the population stands at more than 51 million people. Also,... for the first time on-record,... the number of single-person households have become the most common household type in the country. Lee Un-shin has the details. Statistics Korea's census report says on Wednesday, the total population of the country stood at 51-point-07 million in 2015,...a jump of more than one million, compared to 2010. And for the first time since records began, the number of single-person households surpassed the 5 million mark, topping any other type of multi-person households in the nation. That's more than 10 percent of the entire population. The data shows a sharp contrast from the period between 1990 and 2005 when the most common type of household in the country was that comprised of four members, also known as nuclear family. By 2010, 2-people household outnumbered the nuclear family by over 2.5-percent...and the nation started to see a notable shift in lifestyle trends,... and within 5 years, the overwhelming sum of single person households is now the largest population group. With the steady growth in single person households over the past years, an expert says last year's data indeed showed these numbers were very much expected. "Two major factors to the rising number of those who choose to live alone high unemployment rate and general lack of interest in getting married and starting a family. In particular, the current job market situation is a problem, and there needs be a profound, structural change to prevent this 'trend' from expanding." The growth of single-person households in Korea is also heavily influenced by the rising number of senior citizens in the country. The expert adds that as college graduates keep struggling to find jobs, which worsens the already financially challenging situation,....postponing the date to get married, if at all, is inevitable, and thus the number of one-person households is only bound to continue growing for the time being. Lee Un-shin, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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Israel′s startup success story 

이스라엘 스타트업 환경 성공케이스
Over the past few days,... we′ve taken a look at Korea′s startup envrionment. But today we turn our focus to Israel,... a relatively small country in terms of geography and population,... but a world leader when it comes to fostering new companies. Our Connie Kim shows us what makes business innovation there possible. Israel has over 60 IT startups listed on the NASDAQ. That is more than the combined total number of startups from Europe, China, Japan and Korea. This comes on the back of the country′s strong R&D gene. Scientists and technicians per capita in Israel are nearly double those in the U.S., helping Israel′s innovative city Tel Aviv become the second best startup ecosystem in the world after California′s Silicon Valley. Experts say the country′s unique "chutzpa" culture, or "pioneer" spirit, also plays an important role in creating venture capital buzz. But helping to weave these elements together is the government. Through seed investments, it′s been supporting the core technology of startups hard and costly to build up... but regarded as critical. "They are heavily investing in this very very risky stage where usually commercial organizations are quite averse to investing in this area." Israel′s first venture capital firm was established in the mid 1980s. By 1993, the government collaborated with the private sector to form Yozma, one of the countries largest VC funds. Luring in foreign venture capitalists by offering tax incentives and doubling investment through a government matching program, Yozma managed over 220 million U.S. dollars in its three funds. "Israel′s venture capital funds take bold steps in making risky investments. But that′s not the case in Korea, where investors have high expectations on retrieving the money they put in." Creating a favorable environment for new businesses, Yozma also helped to connect and oversee the acquisition of local startups by global corporations such as Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and Cisco. In 2013, the acquisitions and IPOs of Israeli companies far exceeded six billion dollars while startups totalled more than two billion dollars in venture funding. With the right conditions to flourish, market watchers say there′s a good chance the next Facebook or Google will emerge from Israel. Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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Fourth generation ethnic Koreans from Central Asia face deportation in Korea
"만 19세 되면 한국 떠나야"…고려인 4세의 설움 Eighty years have passed since the forced deportation of ethnic Koreans from the Russian Far East to Central Asian countries. Still today, many of them struggle to find their home, and that includes those who returned to home soil. Kim Hyesung turns the spotlight to their side of the story for our News Features tonight. Sixteen-year-old Lee Mi-yeon is studying hard with her classmates at a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul. Unlike the other students, she's a Kareisky, an ethnic Korean from Central Asia, who moved to Korea from Uzbekistan in 2011. After many ups and downs, Mi-yeon says she's finally adjusted to her life in Korea. 13 "I cried almost every day during my first year here in Korea, telling my mom I want to go back to Uzbekistan because I had no friends and everything was new. But after picking up the Korean language and slowly making more friends, I became more open personality-wise. I made more friends and have supportive teachers. I'm really grateful " Mi-yeon's parents came to Korea in 2009, two years before her, to work and settle down. They say they're glad they were able to live together again, and they're proud to see their daughter doing well in school. 39-40 "All l wish for... is to see Mi-yeon grow up, go to college, get married, have kids here in Korea and be happy. We've lived in Uzbekistan, Russia, and Korea, and have a somewhat mixed identity. Ultimately I feel like Korea is my home at heart. But because of the visa issue, I'm worried that that my wish might be impossible." "A growing number of ethnic Koreans from Central Asia have moved to South Korea over the last several years -- a total of 40-thousand as of this year. But around a thousand of them, kids like Lee Mi-yeon, the fourth generation, will eventually have to leave the country when they turn 19." The current Overseas Koreans Act defines overseas Koreans as those with citizenship in another country who have at least one parent or grandparent who possessed Korean citizenship. - "The third generation can get national health insurance and work in Korea, but the fourth generation who came with parents with H2 working visa cannot remain in the country on family-sponsored visas once they become adults." These people are the descendants of Koreans who moved to the Russian Far East during the Japanese colonial rule. Under Stalin's regime in the Soviet Union, they were forced in 1937 to relocate to Central Asian countries like Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. They've lived outside of Korea for decades. But according to Kim Young-suk, the director of a social welfare organization supporting ethnic Koreans, the Kareski still have a lot in common with Koreans here. 28 30-2930 "Many formed their own Korean communities even when in Central Asia. Kareisky still maintain a Korean lifestyle and customs, such as eating Korean food, holding ancestral rites and upholding Korean traditional virtues like filial duty." Kim says if the fourth generation are forced to leave Korea when they turn 19, it could create social problems, not to mention the separation of families. 30-31 "After having painfully adjusted to Korean society, the fourth generation will have go through a readjustment process all over again in Central Asia. They may not be able to find a job. Above all, they want to stay in Korea, but if forced to leave, it could create anti-Korean sentiment." An organization in Korea is calling for the current Overseas Koreans Act to be revised. The People’s Committee for the 80th Anniversary of the Forced Kareisky Relocation submitted a proposal to the Moon Administration on June 6th. Experts say the 1999 Act is outdated, and that the Korean government has a duty to help the Kareisky. many of whom are descendants of the Korean independence activists of the early 20th century. But there's no easy fix. 1:10 "From a common-sense standpoint, the current Act on Overseas Koreans does need changes. But if the government grants visas to all ethnic Koreans from Central Asia, they would also need to give visas to all ethnic Koreans from China. Revising the law could result in discrimination and conflict with the Chinese government. So the Moon Administration definitely needs to take a cautious and wise approach." Even after several decades, many ethnic Koreans from Central Asia are still struggling to find a place to call home. As more of them return to Korea, there'll be more in the fourth generation living in fear, not knowing how long they can stay with their family. And time to find a fair solution is running out. Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.
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100,000 foreign students changing Korean university environment 

외국인 유학생 10만명 시
There was once a time when seeing a foreign student in your class was the unimaginable for the average Korean students. Today, this country has an international student population of nearly 100-thousand - a ten fold increase from ten years ago. This may be a thumbs-up for cultural diversity and people-to-people exchange... but it′s also a source of tension in other areas. Our News Feature tonight with Kwon Jang ho. ″Here at Hanyang University, there are around 2,200 foreign students, about 10-percent of whom are from Muslim nations. And to cater to their specific needs, and to make them feel more comfortable, the school has been offering halal options since 2013.″ Not only is halal food at this cafeteria enjoyed by students of this university, but is enjoyed by students from other schools, as well. ″How′s the food?″ ″Yea, great, great. Did you have some? It′s amazing, believe me. As the guy says, the previous who studied here, they suffered a lot because they couldn′t have a lot of halal food, and stuff like that. If they want to eat some, they have to go far away.″ ″I′m here at one of Kyung Hee University dorms where over the 50% of the rooms are given out to foreign students. Kyung Hee University has over 3,000 foreign students. That′s the most among Korean universities. Not only does the school provide housing, they also offer Korean language lessons, and Korean cultural history lessons... so they can integrated to Korean life faster.″ ″Oh it′s really fun for them I think. Generally the reaction is very positive. We like to give students some more informal ways to interact with Korea culture, to learn about Korean culture, and to introduce their culture more broadly to the campus community.″ The increase in the number of international students in Korea and its impact can be seen outside the school campus, as well. This real-estate firm has a particular customer base - foreign students looking for studios in the vicinity... as it is located nearby four major universities in Seoul. The firm′s website can be found in four different languages: Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. ″The number of international students has been on the rise. The supply of housing has been growing as well as there are now more new or redeveloped apartments in the market. Landlords are also getting more used to the idea of foreign tenants which is why more international students are moving into this area.″ Looking at the demographics of international students in Korea by nationality... the largest number of students come from China... making up over 61-percent of the total. That is more than 60-thousand in number. ″Currently the demographic is skewed. But I think we need to think of this as a starting point as Korea attracts more students from abroad. Eventually, the numbers will even out between different countries.″ So, how do students feel about the changes brought about
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North Korea's attempted missile launch fails
북, 오늘 신포 일대서 미사일 발사했지만 실패 North Korea tried to launch a missile on its east coast and failed. This latest provocation comes a day after the reclusive state paraded their weapons during the grand scale celebrations of its founder's birthday. Ji Myung-kil starts us off with the expected... but ill-advised move by the regime, possibly designed to send a message to the unpredictable Donald Trump administration. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the missile launched by North Korea from its eastern port city of Sinpo... blew up almost immediately. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also said the missile is believed to have failed, adding that the type of missile was being analyzed. South Korea's foreign ministry strongly condemned the launch. "It's the fifth time this year that North Korea has fired ballistic missiles. This is another clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly condemn the launch as a threat to Korea and the international community." Cho warned that Pyongyang could face serious punitive measures if it continues to conduct nuclear tests and other strategic provocations. The head of South Korea's National Security Office, Kim Kwan-jin convened a meeting of the National Security Council, in which officials decided to respond strongly to additional North Korean provocations. U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed about the situation but has not yet commented. The Japanese government has said today's launch did not directly affect their security. Pyongyang's missile launch attempt comes amid rising tensions with the U.S., which is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula to deter potential North Korean provocations. The regime's last missile launch came less than two weeks ago on April 5th, and that was a medium-range KN-15 ballistic missile. Experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could also push the button on its sixth nuclear test at any time,... having launched more missiles compared to his father and grandfather combined. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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What we can learn from Spain's economic recovery?
재정위기 겪은 스페인, 지금은 어떠한가 When it comes to eye-watering levels of debt and general economic turmoil, Greece and Spain spring to mind as both went through a torrid time in the aftermath of the financial crisis that rocked the eurozone a few years ago. But unlike Greece, Spain appears to be on the road to recovery. How did it do it and what can we learn from the Spanish experience? Our Kim Ji-yeon files this report from Barcelona. Spain was one of the countries hardest hit by the 2008 global financial crisis. Its economy was left in tatters after the bubble burst on its housing market and national debt soared. Even some eight years later,... the eurozone's fourth largest economy is still suffering from one of the worst unemployment rates in the bloc at around 20 percent. So can it truly be said that Spain is back on its feet now? "Spain has worked hard to dig its economy out of a hole after it was forced to ask for an EU bailout in 2012. And it looks as if those efforts are paying off with its economy recovering on the back of rising domestic consumption." The Spanish government's austerity measures,... while painful,... have helped the country recover more flexibility in its labor market. However,... this came at the expense of big cuts to pensions and healthcare services. Soaring domestic consumption, industry investment and record tourism also helped the Spanish economy grow three-point-two percent in 2015,... its fastest pace since 2007. "The banks have understood that it's better at the end to restructure the debt and to get it paid later but to get it paid than don't do the restructuring and then having the company go bankrupt and lose everything. So a lot of these have already been done a lot of these renegotiations. So I think that the economy is now on a much better shape and going up reasonably." The International Monetary Fund forecasts the Spanish economy will grow two-point-seven percent this year. The professor says the recovery in Spain and some other European countries are good reference cases for a country like China that is also restructuring its economy. "Sometimes the press says the economy collapses from 7-point-zero to 6-point-9 that is not very much but if you go into depth you see okay these people who were doing quite well they do well and not so much have gone down. And people who were very poor than they go up. So at the end, it's much better this 6-point-9 than the other because this generates a lot of consumption." He says countries that depend on China for exports would also benefit as demand for their goods and services would increase. However,... the professor adds that a "Brexit" or Britain leaving the EU would severely damage the eurozone as it would lose its biggest English-speaking finance hub. Brits decide on whether they want to stay in or leave the EU in late June. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News, Barcelona. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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China narrows technology gap with Korea to 3.3 years 

중국 기술추격 가속화... 제조업 격차 3.3
The world′s second-largest economy, China, is threatening Korea with its rapidly advancing manufacturing technologies. A study done by a state-run think tank shows that Chinese companies are poised to overtake their Korean competitors ... possibly as soon as 3.3 years. Our Lee Ji-won has more. China has been increasingly showing competitive prowess in the global hard-disk drive market by aggressively investing 19 billion U.S. dollars to acquire SanDisk Corporation through Western Digital. This acquisition will make China′s Tshinghua Unigroup the major shareholder of possibly the largest digital storage company by revenue in the world... posing great threat to established market leaders, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix. But Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are not the only Korean companies facing uncertainty. According to research by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade on 708 local conglomerates and small and medium enterprises, Korea′s competitiveness in manufacturing technology will be caught up by China in 3.3 years as of 2015. The number shows a sudden narrowing in the gap as it was 3.7 years just 4 years ago. Korea′s heavy industry still has 3.5 years of advantage..., but the gap in light industry, including consumer electronics, plunged to 2.9 years from 4 years in the last research. Information and communications technologies industry... is most likely to be caught up first in 2.6 years. China′s hot pursuit poses a worrying threat to the future of Korea′s economy. ″China′s manufacturing technology will continue to grow rapidly and if it does surpass that of Korea, Korea will suffer from decrease in exports... leading to lower economic growth. Furthermore Korea will not only lose its place in the Chinese market, but in the global market as well.″ Some experts say in order for Korea to keep its lead, continuous research and development is a must on top of government support, such as regulatory reforms and budget for entrepreneurs to come up with more innovative products. They also added that cooperation among businesses can contribute to boost the country′s leading position. ″With additional threats like the sluggish global economy and China′s excessive production capacity, it is all the more urgent for Korea not to lose its technological competitiveness. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. ″
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Fukushima: Five Years On. Contaminated Land.
후쿠시마 재앙 5년 후: 현장 취재 1편 Five years ago... on March 11th... the world watched in devastation as Japan got struck by a tragic trifecta. To mark the anniversary of its worst disaster since the war, we went to Fukushima's ground zero... to find out how the people, the land, the community is dealing with the crisis... five years later. Part one of my two-part series. The hell that broke loose on March 11th, 2011 was the strongest earthquake in Japan's history. When the shaking stopped, a tsunami. Almost 20,000 people died in the flood. Those who survived would soon face a manmade disaster: The world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century. Lifeless. Decaying. Desolate. Big towns, small towns all ghost towns. We drive towards the cause of all this... towards the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. We are in the exclusion zone. These barriers mark the start of the no go zone around the crippled nuclear reactor. The visible remnants of the disaster tell only part of the story of misery wrought by nature's fury... another face of the crisis: unseeable - though measurable - radiation haunts the land. "This is Tomioka. Roughly 7 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. More than 11-thousand residents left this town on March 12th, 2011 - the day after the earthquake and tsunami hit. This part of Japan is known for its agriculture but today the only crop growing is multitudes of black bags holding radioactive materials that would have to be stored for generations." Nine million cubic meters all throughout Fukushima prefecture... in rice fields, roadsides, people's backyards. Some of the dead zone will never return to life... even as teams of workers across Fukushima scrub down houses, cut branches and scrape contaminated soil off farmland... every single day. "Once a town of 16,000 people, the population today zero. The clock at this school stopped. The disaster seems to have stopped time in this town." But... a few kilometers to the south... the authorities are preparing to declare that Minamisoma, another city within the evacuation area, is now safe for evacuees to return. On the day we visited, the Municipal Assembly was holding a briefing session... presenting documents... that yearly radiation doses in the area have dropped to levels low enough for the evacuation orders to be lifted. According to Minamisoma's Countermeasure Health Committe, all data taken from examinees show that level of radiation is not high enough to impact health conditions. Whenever the government refers to decontaminated area, it is never clear. Which area exactly? How many percent of the total has been cleaned up? You have no data of what will happen 20, 30 years from now. The data you are using is completely groundless If the radiation decontamination work is not 100% complete, I am against lifting the evacuation order. Distrust of government announcements runs deep among residents here. "The government says it's safe for us to move back because radiation levels are below its standard. But, everybody is against moving back. The clean up isn't complete, children can't go back, and there is no infrastructure to carry out daily lives." "I've managed to stay alive for 75 years. I'm not going back there. I don't want to die because of radiation. I don't want to die just yet." Tomiyo Kokubun is an anti-nuclear power activist and an evacuee of Minamisoma himself. He says parts of the town are still highly contaminated. Forests were excluded from decontamination work... although these trees have absorbed enormous amounts of radioactive fall-out. "The most dangerous isotope is Cesium 137. Cesium 137 is capable of penetrating the human skin. Even concrete." Mountainous forests make up 70 percent of Fukushima Prefecture. "Trees take up radioactive cesium and iodine and store them for a long time. So, trees emit radiation... they will continue to emit radiation for a long, long time." Masakatsu Suzuki has been making frequent visits recently to his house standing on the edge of the evacuation zone. After five years of hopping among his children's homes and temporary housings, he's ready to move back. "My late wife and I built this house together. It may seem old and plain to others, but this is my home... this town is where I was born." The 78-year-old has been working on his garden, trimming overgrown trees... pruning shrubs... cleaning up the mess he left behind five years ago when the triple meltdown rendered this municipality unsafe to live. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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