Saturday, January 2, 2010

Daily Kor for January 2, 2010: Countdown to vengeful Mayan-induced global meltdown begins

It's been a long drive back, but I made it, and just in time for this year's decade's first edition of the Daily Kor.
  1. North Korea calls for an end to hostile relationship with the US (Bloomberg, AP via WaPo, Yonhap, UPI, WSJ, BBC, The Times, Korea Herald, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  2. ROK President Lee Myungbak says that, despite lack of progress, North-South relations are headed in right direction (Korea Times)
  3. South Korean exports surge 33.7 percent in December (Bloomberg)
    • Strong demand lifts South Korean exports to China (Reuters)
  4. South Korean consumer prices rise 2.8 percent from a year earlier in December (Bloomberg)
  5. Annual trade surplus hits record-breaking $40.98 billion (Donga Ilbo, Joongang Daily)
  6. 307 Chinese boats were seized for illegal fishing in 2009, down from 353 in 2008 (Yonhap)
  7. South Korea aims to attract 8.5 million visitors in 2010 (Yonhap)
  8. Japanese government confirms existence of records of Korean pensioners in colonial era (Chosun Ilbo)
  9. Proprietor of Motel 2010 extremely upbeat about prospects for tourism: "I really think this year is finally going to be our year" (Yonhap)

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