Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 30, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 30, 2016)


1. Moral hazards in the ruling and opposition parties in South Korea became a controversial issue. People’s party is accused of taking kickbacks while Seo Young-kyo, the lawmaker of the Minjoo Party hired family members and Park In-sook, the lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party hired relatives as secretaries.

I thought the 20th National Assembly would do a better job. I was a fool to believe that.

2. The youth crime in South Korea is becoming increasingly ferocious while their ways of committing crimes are also cruel at the same time. These juvenile offenders need attention and measures as they do not only deviate from the norm of the society but commit a crime without any sense of guilt.

They learn from adults. Don’t say that they learn this from playing games. We, as an adult, need to take a look at ourselves.


3. The South Korean government and Audi Volkswagen Korea that manipulated emissions tests for diesel vehicles are fighting over the applicability of the law. VW Korea argued that illegality cannot be discussed here because they obtained certification for these diesel automobiles before South Korea adopts the environmental law.

Tell them South Korea has common law. They cannot get away with that.


4. A study found that nearly half men in their 30s and 40s in South Korea do not consider prostitution as an affair. In South Korea, where prostitution is rampant, many do not take prostitution seriously because other men do not.

Don’t just think and ask your wife. You will be beaten to death.


Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 29, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 29, 2016)


1. Han Sun-gyo, a ruling Saenuri lawmaker, argued that the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in Korea produced broadcasting programs in their way, which gives children the wrong impression and the Ministry of Education should directly supervise the company. The lawmaker particularly called the EBS’s ‘DocuPrime’ into the question as the program discussed the ‘Democracy and Market Economy System’ which interviewed Noam Chomsky and Thomas Piketty.

The former announcer made a ridiculous comment on the independent broadcasting company that produced the programs in their way.


2. Some of the steel bars, one of the overloaded reasons for Sewol Ferry disaster, were found to head to the naval base in Jeju Island. The Special Commission found that the total of 2,215 tons of cargo was loaded into the vessel, which was over 1,228 tons despite a maximum cargo limit of 987 tons.

So what the police and prosecution investigated turned out to be nonsense. That is why they demanded to break up the commission.


3. After the Brexit’s decision, young people in the UK argue that ‘our future has been ruined by selfish older voters.’  However, voter turnout among young people was lower. Voters aged 65 and older are 83% while voters between 18 and 24 are only 36%.

The voter turnout is not so different from South Korea. People should vote to decide their future.

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 28, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 28, 2016)

1. Civic and media groups in South Korea opposed the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)’s decision to abolish their news media self-critic program, ‘KBS News Ombudsman,’ by the end of June. If the program is abolished, two in three media critic programs will disappear. The only program that is left is ‘TV Critic Viewer Desk’.

No one wants to be self-critical when people do take other people’s criticism. I understand.


2. The best-selling food product this year came from the products of those old ‘steady sellers.’ The most popular food was the 66-year-old ‘Chilsung Cider’, followed by Saeuggang and Matdongsan.

The name sounds warm. Anyway, Chilsung Cider is much older than I am. I will treat the drink well.


3. South Koreans sleep the least in the Asia-Pacific region. Koreans slept 6.3 hours a day on average, falling 0.6 hours short of people in Asia-Pacific region.

Sleep is the best medicine. Having an adequate amount of sleep is important.

4. Elementary school students believe ‘good parents’ are those who listen to them, spend time with them, and do not compare them with other children. Parents think that the virtue of ‘good parents’ is those who listen to their children and have a conversation with them.

There is not much difference in thinking between children and adults. However, parents spend less time with their children. They always feel sorry for their sons and daughters.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 27, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 27, 2016)


1. The bereaved families of the Sewol Ferry disaster who demonstrated in front of the South Korean government building at Gwanghwamun confronted with the police. Later, they were taken by the police. The families and the 416 Solidarity demanded the amendment of the Sewol Ferry Special Bill by opposing the closure of Sewol Ferry Special Committee’s investigation.

Two years have passed. Nothing has changed. Is the South Korean government tired of hearing their grief? I am sick of the government’s action.


2. Apple classified Dokdo as a Japanese ‘Okinoshima’ district. The company three years ago said that they would use neither Korean nor Japanese when it comes to determining Dokdo’s administrative district.

Is this because Apple’s logo is an apple? They have to apologize what they have done.

Apple (Sagwa) in Korean has the same sound as an apology (Sagwa) in Korean.

3. The Australian authority took a tough stance against business owners who exploited wages of overseas workers on a working holiday visa or student visa. The convenience store owner a penalty of 360,000 US dollars for submitting false pay slips and underpaying 12 workers including international students their minimum wages.

The owners would never dream of ripping off their workers by facing such a huge penalty. I wish Korea had the same system.


4. The family of the South Korean actor Kim Sung-min who was pronounced brain dead decided to donate his organs. Kim, who was always interested in organ donations, donated his kidneys, liver, bowels, and cornea to five patients with incurable disease.

I do not know about his troubled life before and am touched by his final donation. Rest in peace.



Australia rises as second-largest importer of Korean cars in Q1 2016


Australia was the second largest importer of Korean cars in the first three months of this year. According to statistics by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association, local automakers exported over 45-thousand cars to Australia from January to March in 2016, up nearly 35-percent from the previous year. Korean automakers exported a combined 653-thousand units overseas in the first quarter, down 11 percent from a year ago. Last year, Australia beat out Canada as the third largest importer of Korean cars after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Australia moved up into second place this year after Korea saw its auto exports to Saudi Arabia cut in half in the first three months of this year.




호주는 올해 1분기 들어 국산차 수입국 2위에 올랐습니다. 한국자동차산업협회의 통계에 따르면 한국자동차 기업은 2016년 1월부터 3월까지 전년도 대비 35% 가까이 늘어난 4만5천대가 넘는 자동차를 호주에 수출했습니다. 한국 자동차 업계는 올해 1분기 들어서 전년 동기 대비 11% 감소한 총 6십5만3천대를 해외에 수출했습니다. 지난해 호주는 캐나다를 제치고 미국, 사우디아라비아에 이어 3위 수입국으로 올라섰습니다.  호주는 올해 1분기 대 사우디아라비아 국산차 수출이 절반으로 감소함에 따라 한국 자동차 수입국 2위에 올라섰습니다.


Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 24, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 24, 2016)


1. The government and opposition party remain apart on energy issues during the first report in National Assembly, which the ruling party is numbered by its opposition. They have different positions on the matters such as the opening of power and gas market, restructure of the Korea Coal Corporation, nuclear facility and coal-fired electrical power plant, which expect a rocky road in the energy policy execution process in the second half of the year.

Privatization is hidden behind the sex scandal of entertainers. We are against the privatization no matter what.


2. All 123 members of the Minjoo Party and six members of the Justice party passed the amendments to Sewol Ferry Special bill. The Special bill is first proposed by the Minjoo Party, which guarantees the activities of the Sewol Ferry Special Committee and allows a thorough investigation of the vessel.

The Minjoo Party should risk its life to protect the amendment. That is the reason why Koreans voted for the party.

3. The Supreme Court found Kang Woo-kyu not guilty in the retrial. Kang was sentenced to death and spent 11 years in prison for violating National Security Law and Anticommunist Law. The court also found Kang’s brother Kang Young-kyu and his colleagues including Kim Chu-baek, Kim Sung-ki, Lee Keun-man, and Lee Oh-saeng not guilty

We can say that spies during Yushin Constitution are not spies. Why don’t you apologize first?

4. Eight out ten adults say they will enter a war when a war breaks out. While 63.2% of college students and 56.9% of adolescents will take part in a war, 40.9% of adults, 19.9% of college students, and 16.8% of teens who live overseas will enter a war

I heard that people will become a patriot when they go overseas. But I guess not.

5. The investigation into ‘Humidifier Mate’ that caused many deaths, next to humidifier disinfectant ‘Oxy Ssak Ssak’ was further extended as the company actively cooperated with the prosecution. The company played a crucial role in proving ‘Oxy’s’ charges.

How come the prosecution did not investigate the company? The victims did not injure themselves.

6. Chilli peppers contain a substance called ‘capsaicin’, which helps eyelashes grow longer and thicker. Research led by Dr Kang Sang-mo in Kunguk University found that capsaicin has a positive impact on eyelash growth.

A person must dilute with water and pay extra caution when he/she uses capsaicin. Otherwise, efforts to have longer eyelash make your eyes burn.

Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 23, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 23, 2016)


1. There is a growing conflict between the South Korean government and the Sewol Ferry Committee about the duration of the committee’s fact-finding activities. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries officially announced that their activities end at the end of the month, and the committee strongly opposed that the government exceeded its authority.

The only thing the ministry did was to interfere with the activities, and now they tell the committee to stop investigating. That is why we need Sewol Ferry Special Act.



2. Saenuri Party will extend the deadline of the investigation of Sewol Ferry if the Sewol Ferry Committee excludes Chungwadae from the investigation. The ruling party demanded the committee not to extend the investigation into ‘President Park Geun-hye’s absence for seven hours.’ Woo Sang-ho, the floor leader of the Minjoo Party, turned down the suggestion.

Something occurred during the absence. The request makes me wonder what happened during the time.


3. Korea Centers for Disease control and Prevention will come up with the roadmap how fine dust from China affects national health in Korea in the next ten years. While the dust is known to influence the national health significantly in South Korea, the government’s easygoing awareness and lukewarm response are under harsh public criticism.

Do we get to know the effect of fine dust on our health by 2026? That gives me heart attack.


4. As youngsters in South Korea spend more time on smartphones and less time on reading books, their Korean proficiency has significantly dropped. Experts say that their overall thinking skills, judgment and logical skills have decreased as students recently own their smartphones in recent years.

Conversation in family members appears to have disappeared. They can improve their vocabulary when they speak.


5. Devices such as smartphones and tablet PC made workers work more with an average of 1.44 hours a day and 11.3 hours a week. Overtime allowance should be given to these workers because working after leaving the office is an extension of work.

Requesting overtime allowance by checking kakao talk mobile messenger time. Who could dare to ask for the allowance? We should take a rest after we leave work.