Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (February 25, 2016)
1. President Park Geun-hye criticized opposition parties, saying “She was dumbfounded to find that this can’t happen in a country.” There was anti-terrorism stalled by filibuster in the National Assembly.
That’s right. I am also dumbfounded to find that this can’t happen in a country.
2. Since 2016, pictures and terms about sexual slaves during World War II disappeared in Social Science textbooks for 6th graders. In addition, pictures and terms of martial law army during 518 Revolution Day and Yushin Constitution disappeared as well.
Be embarrassed? I know what will happen clearly when it becomes the government-issued.
3. Bronchitis has become very common in Korea last year and above all, 65 years and older visited a hospital for hypertension.
In spring, yellow dust will rock the Korean Peninsula. Can the THAAD deployment block yellow dust?
4. The average age at first birth in Korea is increasing. The average age of mothers having a first child is 31.2 years, surpassing 31 years for the first time. In particular, fewer women are having their first child in their late 20s while women over 35 have their first baby are going up.
Having a first baby late will affect mothers’ health. But we can’t ask them to have a baby as soon as possible.
5. 15.6% of elementary, middle, and high school students are overweight. Childhood obesity rate was higher in rural and regional areas than urban areas. This stems from unhealthy lifestyle habits including skipping breakfasts and high ramen consumption.
That is why we need free lunch in schools in Korea, so they have at least one healthy meal a day.
6. Koreans infected with dengue fever grew by 3.8 times early this year. The higher temperatures in the tropical area, brought on by El Nino sparked dengue fever epidemic in Southeast Asia.
Mosquitoes are the main culprits of the disease. That’s why I can’t visit Southeast Asia,