Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 28, 2016)
1. 74 candidates who completed their candidate registration for the general election in Gyeonggi Province reported that they had 100 million or more Korean Won (100,000 US dollars or more) value of personal property, which accounted for 35.07% of all candidates. One candidate reported that its assets were 0 Korean Won whereas 12 people said that their property reached “minus” level.
No wonder why lawmakers raise their voice to demand tax cut for the wealthy in the National Assembly.
2. As strict smoking ban drives smokers out of the building, there is a growing conflict between smokers and non-smokers on the streets. Because advanced countries allow people to smoke in smoking areas in some of the streets, some people argue that there should be more smoking areas.
What is the tobacco tax for? The tax brings conflicts as well.
3. Korea Forest Service warned that many people are mistaken poisonous plants as edible wild green, resulting in life in danger. Also, people have to get permission from the owner of the mountain if they want to pick some of the wild greens. Failure to do so would entail up to seven years in prison or 20 million in fines.
The effort to save a penny by picking the wild greens may suffer the consequences. Please be mindful.
4. The number of divorcing senior couples who are 60 years or older surpassed the number of post-honeymoon divorcing couples and the trend steadily continues. The reason for this trend is because older couples want to pursue a happier life in their old age by getting out of an unhappy marriage.
We can’t force these couples to maintain their relationship, but I hope that doesn’t mean that their whole life was miserable.
5. The law school at Seoul National University decided to offer a full scholarship to students who are from the bottom 50% of low-income households. Scholarship beneficiaries will have a stable job after graduation and must provide a donation to latecomers who are in the same situation for a certain period.
That’s good news. But removing law school’s dishonor, the so-called a modern version hereditary should come first.