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입력 2015.11.06 (13:58) 수정 2015.11.06 (14:25) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement concluded last month has been released. The Korean government says the level of market liberalization found in the TPP is similar to that of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement. It will launch a task force to closely analyze the TPP deal.

[Pkg]

The full text has been released of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement struck last month by 12 participating nations including U.S. and Japan. The Korean government which is posed to eventually join the deal believes the TPP won't have any major effects on the Korean economy for the time being. Under the TPP, tariffs on 95 to 100 percent of all trade items among participating countries will be lifted over a course of up to 30 years. But the Seoul government believes the benefits are similar to those offered under Korea's existing free trade agreement with the U.S. Under the Korea-U.S. FTA, 95.8 percent of tariffs will be immediately lifted starting 2017. This is expected to help Korea continue to gain foothold in the U.S. market ahead of other countries. What draws attention is the U.S. tariff rate on Japanese products. For instance, US tariffs on Japanese cars will be removed over a duration of 25 years while tariffs on Korean vehicles under the Korea-U.S. FTA will be lifted from next year. Korea is believed to have slight advantage over Japan. On the other hand, the government forecasts competition with Japan can intensify in the areas of electric, electronics and machinery. This is because U.S. tariffs on Japanese goods are immediately lifted under the TPP while tariffs on Korean products are removed over a ten year period under the U.S. FTA.

2. F-35A Stealth Fighter

[Anchor Lead]

The F-35 stealth fighter jet conducting its first live-fire test has been revealed. The aircraft was chosen as the South Korean military's new fighter jet.

[Pkg]

This is a firing exercise of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, which was recently unveiled by U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin. At an altitude of six kilometers, the fighter jet fires bullets from a Gatling machine gun mounted in its left wing. The aircraft conducted its first air-to-air live-fire test to ascertain whether its machine gun operates properly during flight. As the plane has a stealth profile, the gun remains hidden until the trigger is pulled.

[Soundbite] Maj. Charles Trickey (F-35 Pilot) : "South Korea chose the F-35A as its next fighter jet in March last year. It will spend over 6.4 billion U.S. dollars to introduce 40 F-35A jets beginning in 2018. However, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party who won the recent parliamentary elections vowed to scrap the nation's F-35 purchase plan, causing an international stir. Canada's move follows decisions in the U.K. and Italy to halve their purchases of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force predicts that the drop in production will raise the selling price of the fighter jet by at least one million U.S. dollars per unit. Attention is being focused on whether the predicted price hike will affect South Korea's purchase plan."

3. More Steep Discounts

[Anchor Lead]

The nation's largest retailers that held a Korean-style Black Friday event last month are offering another round of steep discounts this month as well. Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

This department store is crowded even though it's a weekday. It's because department stores are holding discount sale events in celebration of their founding or opening anniversaries. But in reality, the real dates of the establishment of these companies are, in many cases, not this month. The predecessor of Lotte Department Store was founded in July, but it was November when the firm entered the department store business with a different name. Hyundai Department Store's main Apgujeong branch actually opened in the month of December, while the Mitsukoshi Department Store Keijo branch that used to be run in the current head branch of Shinsegae Department Store building opened in October. Large supermarket chains have also begun sale events.

[Soundbite] Official at Retailer (Voice altered) : "The sale events are simultaneous. It's like setting a counter fire."

The reason behind the discount events in the name of the anniversaries of their founding is believed to be related to countering the traditionally lower sales figures in November. Consumer groups advise people not to be swayed by frequent promotions and carefully study details of the offers.

4. Catching Wild Boars

[Anchor Lead]

Seven wild boars appeared in a neighborhood in downtown Seoul Thursday afternoon, putting residents on alert. Let's take a look at the efforts of a task force charged with capturing potentially dangerous wild animals.

[Pkg]

A wild boar trots toward a residential district. It jumps over a wall and runs away into a nearby forest. Residents are on alert, as a group of wild boars has appeared in a residential district and a park in downtown Seoul for a third consecutive day.

[Soundbite] Kim Seok-jin (Gangdong District, Seoul) : "It was medium-sized and brown. It was a dangerous situation."

A task force charged with capturing wild boars launched a search. With the help of hunting dogs tracing the scent of the animals, the team shot and captured two. The hunting team will continue its pursuit, under the belief that the remaining three boars are hiding in a nearby hill. The team is also actively promoting tips on how to act when faced with the wild animals. When encountering a wild boar in a mountain, it is best to hide behind trees to avoid attack. This is because boars have a tendency to run straight toward their targets when attacking. Therefore, hikers who come across wild boars are advised to stay calm and move behind an obstacle, such as a rock or pillar.

5. Wearable Computers

[Anchor Lead]

College students from around the country have showcased diverse wearable computers created at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The students' innovative ideas, such as 3D augmentation and virtual reality, were unveiled to the public.

[Pkg]

These are wearable computers you can wear on your body or clothes for convenient use while on the go. When a worker suffers a falling accident, this smart mask and LED armband issue a warning light and notification to the administrator through an application. An automatic sensor in the shoes measures the height of stairs and assists the visually-impaired to walk safely. A navigation system is also attached to guide the person in the right direction and even inform how many people there are in the vicinity.

[Soundbite] Kim Do-yeob (Contestant) : "The devices measure the obstacle's height to help the person walk up and down safely."

Students at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) also showcased their various technological research results. An infrared camera perceives a person's motion which is copied by a 3D character in real time. Here, two people who are physically apart can carry out tasks together in a virtual, 3D space. Students' innovative ideas combined with smart technology are brightening the future of Korean science.

6. Seoul Lantern Fest

[Anchor Lead]

Hundreds of lamps are being lit up along the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul every night. Here are some scenes from the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival.

[Pkg]

Colorful lanterns are light up a backdrop of a clear stream on a serene autumn evening. A Joseon-era painting of the sun and moon is re-born with LED lights. It is a folding screen that was set up behind the king during the Joseon Dynasty, containing prayers for peace and prosperity. A miniature of Kwangjang Market, the first permanent market in Seoul, is also re-created here with beautiful lights. Pororo and Larva. They're favorite characters among children, and they, too, have been decorated with bright lights.

[Soundbite] Park So-young (Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul) : "I was impressed by the beautiful LED depiction of the Bukchon hanok village."

Soft lights shining through thin traditional 'hanji' paper add a romantic mood on an autumn night. Wish lanterns are hung on the sides of Gwangkyo Bridge and set drifting away along the stream. The theme of this year's festival is 'an illuminated tour of Seoul.' The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival will run through November 22 with over 600 works on display along 1.2 kilometers of the Cheonggye Stream.

7. Ink Paintings

[Anchor Lead]

Asian ink paintings are known for their elegant style. An exhibition putting on display contemporary ink paintings has opened in Seoul to demonstrate new ink painting techniques used by contemporary artists. Here's more.

[Pkg]

Characters engraved on a wall made of steel. A brownish-colored boat made of steel looks as if it has popped out of the wall. The work was created using materials and space in an unconventional way. It looks cold yet elegant and subdued. Instead of a brush, the artist of this piece used the stippling method by dipping his fingers in paints and water and pressing them against the canvas. Some ink paintings even look comical when blended with pop art.

[Soundbite] Heo Jung-in (Exhibition Manager, Hakgojae Gallery) : "People usually think of ink paintings as black-and-white paintings. But this exhibition shows how traditional ink paintings can be transformed in a modern way."

Some of the contemporary works boldly do away with the stereotypes about representational art, which usually portrays objects in their clear and original form. These works depict people using only brush strokes and ink. Some portray strong people looking as if they can run out of the painting at any moment, while others show people dancing together and the loneliness of modern-day people. The bold transformations of ink paintings underscore old traditional values in a new, contemporary way.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Korean ballerina Kang Sue-jin will soon hold a round of farewell concerts to wrap up her 30-year ballet career. Here's more from the world of culture.

[Pkg]

"Onegin," a ballet about the pain of unattainable love, is the work that made ballerina Kang Sue-jin a star. It will be also the final production in her dancing career. Kang will begin her farewell performances in Korea on Friday. Her retirement show in Germany will take place in July next year. Kang joined the Stuttgart Ballet at the age of 19, becoming its soloist and principal dancer and earning the title of "chamber dancer." After retirement, she plans to dedicate her efforts to training promising dancers at the Korea National Ballet.

[Soundbite] Kang Sue-jin (Ballerina) : "I wanted to end my career before it's too late. I wanted to feel I could dance freely when performing on stage."

Music group Epik High have released a video of preparations for their year-end concerts entitled "Legend 3." The Epik High members are preparing to stage humorous parodies of famous K-pop trios, such as Seo Tai-ji and Boys and SES.

9. Best Fall Destinations

[Anchor Lead]

The fall foliage is exquisite these days. Many people will go on weekend outings for a view of the colorful leaves this time of year. Today we introduce three of the best fall travel spots.

[Pkg]

The lush green gives way to leaves turning colors. Naejang Mountain, nicknamed the Mount Kumgang of the Jeolla provinces, is famous for its fall foliage.

[Soundbite] Jang Deok-soo (Cheongju, N. Chungcheong Prov.) : "I'm happy that I came to Naejang as the fall colors are much prettier here than other mountains."

The mountain is packed with different kinds of maple trees. Visitors immersed in the maples' beauty are busy creating memories.

[Soundbite] "It's so pretty. One two three!"

Some try out sticking the pretty leaves in their hair. Daewoong Hall at Naejang Buddhist Temple recently underwent a 3-year restoration, adding to the mountain's appeal The hall had been destroyed in a fire.

[Soundbite] Kim Sang-ho (Naju, S. Jeolla Prov.) : "I'd love to visit again next year if I have the chance."

Another great travel destination in the fall is ginko tree trails. Ginko leaves shine under the sunlight. They're not as fancy as maple leaves but they have an elegant grace. People are creating memories on a 2.2 kilometer stretch ginko tree lane.

[Soundbite] Kim So-yeong (Suwon, Gyeonggi Prov.) : "Old memories flood in. I'm going to write down messages on leaves to give to my friends later."

For children, the tree-lined road turns into a playground.

[Soundbite] Kim Sun-yeong (Asan, S. Chungcheong Prov.) : "It's so romantic. It was a good idea to come out with my family this weekend."

Our last destination is Mount Mindung in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, touted as one of the five silver grass colonies in Korea. Tourists indulged in the silver grass vista continue their journey toward the mountain top. At 1,119 meters above sea level at the top of Mount Mindung, the hikers are relieved of all the fatigue and stress from climbing.

[Soundbite] Park In-gu (Eunpyeong District, Seoul) : "I'm glad I didn't give up and made it to the top to witness the last beauty of fall. It's a shame to see this by myself."

Fall is a fairly short-lived season, which makes its all the more precious and beautiful. Why not try out a fall travel destination this weekend to enjoy what's remaining of the season?
  • TPP Taskforce
    • 입력 2015-11-06 13:42:58
    • 수정2015-11-06 14:25:52
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement concluded last month has been released. The Korean government says the level of market liberalization found in the TPP is similar to that of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement. It will launch a task force to closely analyze the TPP deal.

[Pkg]

The full text has been released of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement struck last month by 12 participating nations including U.S. and Japan. The Korean government which is posed to eventually join the deal believes the TPP won't have any major effects on the Korean economy for the time being. Under the TPP, tariffs on 95 to 100 percent of all trade items among participating countries will be lifted over a course of up to 30 years. But the Seoul government believes the benefits are similar to those offered under Korea's existing free trade agreement with the U.S. Under the Korea-U.S. FTA, 95.8 percent of tariffs will be immediately lifted starting 2017. This is expected to help Korea continue to gain foothold in the U.S. market ahead of other countries. What draws attention is the U.S. tariff rate on Japanese products. For instance, US tariffs on Japanese cars will be removed over a duration of 25 years while tariffs on Korean vehicles under the Korea-U.S. FTA will be lifted from next year. Korea is believed to have slight advantage over Japan. On the other hand, the government forecasts competition with Japan can intensify in the areas of electric, electronics and machinery. This is because U.S. tariffs on Japanese goods are immediately lifted under the TPP while tariffs on Korean products are removed over a ten year period under the U.S. FTA.

2. F-35A Stealth Fighter

[Anchor Lead]

The F-35 stealth fighter jet conducting its first live-fire test has been revealed. The aircraft was chosen as the South Korean military's new fighter jet.

[Pkg]

This is a firing exercise of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, which was recently unveiled by U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin. At an altitude of six kilometers, the fighter jet fires bullets from a Gatling machine gun mounted in its left wing. The aircraft conducted its first air-to-air live-fire test to ascertain whether its machine gun operates properly during flight. As the plane has a stealth profile, the gun remains hidden until the trigger is pulled.

[Soundbite] Maj. Charles Trickey (F-35 Pilot) : "South Korea chose the F-35A as its next fighter jet in March last year. It will spend over 6.4 billion U.S. dollars to introduce 40 F-35A jets beginning in 2018. However, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party who won the recent parliamentary elections vowed to scrap the nation's F-35 purchase plan, causing an international stir. Canada's move follows decisions in the U.K. and Italy to halve their purchases of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force predicts that the drop in production will raise the selling price of the fighter jet by at least one million U.S. dollars per unit. Attention is being focused on whether the predicted price hike will affect South Korea's purchase plan."

3. More Steep Discounts

[Anchor Lead]

The nation's largest retailers that held a Korean-style Black Friday event last month are offering another round of steep discounts this month as well. Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

This department store is crowded even though it's a weekday. It's because department stores are holding discount sale events in celebration of their founding or opening anniversaries. But in reality, the real dates of the establishment of these companies are, in many cases, not this month. The predecessor of Lotte Department Store was founded in July, but it was November when the firm entered the department store business with a different name. Hyundai Department Store's main Apgujeong branch actually opened in the month of December, while the Mitsukoshi Department Store Keijo branch that used to be run in the current head branch of Shinsegae Department Store building opened in October. Large supermarket chains have also begun sale events.

[Soundbite] Official at Retailer (Voice altered) : "The sale events are simultaneous. It's like setting a counter fire."

The reason behind the discount events in the name of the anniversaries of their founding is believed to be related to countering the traditionally lower sales figures in November. Consumer groups advise people not to be swayed by frequent promotions and carefully study details of the offers.

4. Catching Wild Boars

[Anchor Lead]

Seven wild boars appeared in a neighborhood in downtown Seoul Thursday afternoon, putting residents on alert. Let's take a look at the efforts of a task force charged with capturing potentially dangerous wild animals.

[Pkg]

A wild boar trots toward a residential district. It jumps over a wall and runs away into a nearby forest. Residents are on alert, as a group of wild boars has appeared in a residential district and a park in downtown Seoul for a third consecutive day.

[Soundbite] Kim Seok-jin (Gangdong District, Seoul) : "It was medium-sized and brown. It was a dangerous situation."

A task force charged with capturing wild boars launched a search. With the help of hunting dogs tracing the scent of the animals, the team shot and captured two. The hunting team will continue its pursuit, under the belief that the remaining three boars are hiding in a nearby hill. The team is also actively promoting tips on how to act when faced with the wild animals. When encountering a wild boar in a mountain, it is best to hide behind trees to avoid attack. This is because boars have a tendency to run straight toward their targets when attacking. Therefore, hikers who come across wild boars are advised to stay calm and move behind an obstacle, such as a rock or pillar.

5. Wearable Computers

[Anchor Lead]

College students from around the country have showcased diverse wearable computers created at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The students' innovative ideas, such as 3D augmentation and virtual reality, were unveiled to the public.

[Pkg]

These are wearable computers you can wear on your body or clothes for convenient use while on the go. When a worker suffers a falling accident, this smart mask and LED armband issue a warning light and notification to the administrator through an application. An automatic sensor in the shoes measures the height of stairs and assists the visually-impaired to walk safely. A navigation system is also attached to guide the person in the right direction and even inform how many people there are in the vicinity.

[Soundbite] Kim Do-yeob (Contestant) : "The devices measure the obstacle's height to help the person walk up and down safely."

Students at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) also showcased their various technological research results. An infrared camera perceives a person's motion which is copied by a 3D character in real time. Here, two people who are physically apart can carry out tasks together in a virtual, 3D space. Students' innovative ideas combined with smart technology are brightening the future of Korean science.

6. Seoul Lantern Fest

[Anchor Lead]

Hundreds of lamps are being lit up along the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul every night. Here are some scenes from the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival.

[Pkg]

Colorful lanterns are light up a backdrop of a clear stream on a serene autumn evening. A Joseon-era painting of the sun and moon is re-born with LED lights. It is a folding screen that was set up behind the king during the Joseon Dynasty, containing prayers for peace and prosperity. A miniature of Kwangjang Market, the first permanent market in Seoul, is also re-created here with beautiful lights. Pororo and Larva. They're favorite characters among children, and they, too, have been decorated with bright lights.

[Soundbite] Park So-young (Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul) : "I was impressed by the beautiful LED depiction of the Bukchon hanok village."

Soft lights shining through thin traditional 'hanji' paper add a romantic mood on an autumn night. Wish lanterns are hung on the sides of Gwangkyo Bridge and set drifting away along the stream. The theme of this year's festival is 'an illuminated tour of Seoul.' The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival will run through November 22 with over 600 works on display along 1.2 kilometers of the Cheonggye Stream.

7. Ink Paintings

[Anchor Lead]

Asian ink paintings are known for their elegant style. An exhibition putting on display contemporary ink paintings has opened in Seoul to demonstrate new ink painting techniques used by contemporary artists. Here's more.

[Pkg]

Characters engraved on a wall made of steel. A brownish-colored boat made of steel looks as if it has popped out of the wall. The work was created using materials and space in an unconventional way. It looks cold yet elegant and subdued. Instead of a brush, the artist of this piece used the stippling method by dipping his fingers in paints and water and pressing them against the canvas. Some ink paintings even look comical when blended with pop art.

[Soundbite] Heo Jung-in (Exhibition Manager, Hakgojae Gallery) : "People usually think of ink paintings as black-and-white paintings. But this exhibition shows how traditional ink paintings can be transformed in a modern way."

Some of the contemporary works boldly do away with the stereotypes about representational art, which usually portrays objects in their clear and original form. These works depict people using only brush strokes and ink. Some portray strong people looking as if they can run out of the painting at any moment, while others show people dancing together and the loneliness of modern-day people. The bold transformations of ink paintings underscore old traditional values in a new, contemporary way.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Korean ballerina Kang Sue-jin will soon hold a round of farewell concerts to wrap up her 30-year ballet career. Here's more from the world of culture.

[Pkg]

"Onegin," a ballet about the pain of unattainable love, is the work that made ballerina Kang Sue-jin a star. It will be also the final production in her dancing career. Kang will begin her farewell performances in Korea on Friday. Her retirement show in Germany will take place in July next year. Kang joined the Stuttgart Ballet at the age of 19, becoming its soloist and principal dancer and earning the title of "chamber dancer." After retirement, she plans to dedicate her efforts to training promising dancers at the Korea National Ballet.

[Soundbite] Kang Sue-jin (Ballerina) : "I wanted to end my career before it's too late. I wanted to feel I could dance freely when performing on stage."

Music group Epik High have released a video of preparations for their year-end concerts entitled "Legend 3." The Epik High members are preparing to stage humorous parodies of famous K-pop trios, such as Seo Tai-ji and Boys and SES.

9. Best Fall Destinations

[Anchor Lead]

The fall foliage is exquisite these days. Many people will go on weekend outings for a view of the colorful leaves this time of year. Today we introduce three of the best fall travel spots.

[Pkg]

The lush green gives way to leaves turning colors. Naejang Mountain, nicknamed the Mount Kumgang of the Jeolla provinces, is famous for its fall foliage.

[Soundbite] Jang Deok-soo (Cheongju, N. Chungcheong Prov.) : "I'm happy that I came to Naejang as the fall colors are much prettier here than other mountains."

The mountain is packed with different kinds of maple trees. Visitors immersed in the maples' beauty are busy creating memories.

[Soundbite] "It's so pretty. One two three!"

Some try out sticking the pretty leaves in their hair. Daewoong Hall at Naejang Buddhist Temple recently underwent a 3-year restoration, adding to the mountain's appeal The hall had been destroyed in a fire.

[Soundbite] Kim Sang-ho (Naju, S. Jeolla Prov.) : "I'd love to visit again next year if I have the chance."

Another great travel destination in the fall is ginko tree trails. Ginko leaves shine under the sunlight. They're not as fancy as maple leaves but they have an elegant grace. People are creating memories on a 2.2 kilometer stretch ginko tree lane.

[Soundbite] Kim So-yeong (Suwon, Gyeonggi Prov.) : "Old memories flood in. I'm going to write down messages on leaves to give to my friends later."

For children, the tree-lined road turns into a playground.

[Soundbite] Kim Sun-yeong (Asan, S. Chungcheong Prov.) : "It's so romantic. It was a good idea to come out with my family this weekend."

Our last destination is Mount Mindung in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, touted as one of the five silver grass colonies in Korea. Tourists indulged in the silver grass vista continue their journey toward the mountain top. At 1,119 meters above sea level at the top of Mount Mindung, the hikers are relieved of all the fatigue and stress from climbing.

[Soundbite] Park In-gu (Eunpyeong District, Seoul) : "I'm glad I didn't give up and made it to the top to witness the last beauty of fall. It's a shame to see this by myself."

Fall is a fairly short-lived season, which makes its all the more precious and beautiful. Why not try out a fall travel destination this weekend to enjoy what's remaining of the season?
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