Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 11, 2016)
1. During the former President Park Chung-hee’s dictatorship, Mr. and Mrs. Kim Do-won who were sentenced to jail for praising Kim Il-sung, the former North Korean leader, is found ‘Not Guilty’ in a retrial after 42 years. This is one of the typical ‘Makgeolli (or Korean rice wine) Security Law’ which ordinary citizens are punished under the National Security Law or Anti-communist Act when they criticized the president or government while under the influence of alcohol.
Well, why does Yoon Sang-hyun, the Korean politician, come across my mind? Should I say the world has become a better place to live?
2. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General in the United Nations, expressed a different opinion over the South Korea and Japan agreement over comfort women. The UN spokesman said the committee provided an independent report whereas Mr. Ban expressed his personal opinion.
As the Secretary-General, what he says should represent the United Nations. But it seems it does not work here.
3. Some teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools conducted a home environment survey on parents’ education background and occupation. Teachers distribute a survey to each family to identify their personal information and home environment.
What does your father do for a living? You are talking about ancient history. Don’t ask these sorts of questions.
4. The Youth Hope Foundation which President Park Geun-hye helped launch to give hope to young job seekers and the Korean government established to create jobs for youngsters did not produce a positive outcome. The foundation that was anxious about its low performance came up with a new business plan, a concert that includes popular entertainers such as girl groups, Mamamoo, and Son Ho-young.
The foundation still has so much money to spend. I’ll do the concert and you do the job creation.