Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 17, 2016)
1. In the process of lifting the sunken ferry, one of the core operations to recover the Sewol Ferry, some parts of the vessel are damaged with the lack of preparation in advance. There was a growing unease about the salvage operation and the plan to recover the upturned Sewol Ferry is postponed from July to August.
Do both the sinking and recovering the vessel have to be like that? They should not do that when they think of the families who wait for their children’s return.
2. The United Nations proposed the South Korean government on the revision bill of the law on assembly and demonstration by saying that ‘the government should not restrict the people’s rights of freedom of assembly and association due to national security’. The UN reports on Korea Report says that national security should not be the reason to sacrifice human rights despite the fact South Korea is confronting with North Korea.
Yes, that’s right. We don’t live in the world where Yushin Constitution took place. The report embarrasses me.
3. The issue of spousal abuse was one of the leading causes of divorce during the 1980s and 1990s. However, broader issues such as personality differences could lead to a breakup of a married couple.
The differences in personality are something that ‘s hard to explain. Isn’t it weird to see a person who is married to someone without knowing his/her personality?
4. Park Yoochun, a member of the South Korean boy group JYJ, was accused of sexual assault for the second time denies all allegations and he will retire if he is found guilty of sexual abuse. The entertainment company says the second complaints against Park are not true, and they will take legal action for defamation and false accusation.
Speaking of retiring at the moment is more ridiculous. I can smell a conspiracy.
5. A study found that drinking culture in Korea where people frequently drink or too much at a time increases the possibility of gastric cancer by up to 3.5 times. Those who drink more than seven times a week or consume alcohol more than 31 years are more likely to have a higher risk of having stomach cancer than non-drinkers by 1.5 times.
The word ‘moderate’ is one of the difficult things in the world. How about socializing with people more rather than drinking alcohol?
6. The traffic warning sign that warns the danger of seeing a smartphone while walking will be installed in the main places such as Gangnam Station in Seoul. Additional signs will be written on the path for pedestrians who concentrate on their smartphones.
There are so many things in the world we need to pay attention. However, it hurts a lot when you focus on small things.
7. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, says, ‘he would be willing to talk with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’ and also criticized Hilary for not doing at all.
What he said was true, but the words are not reliable because he said that. Gaining trust is number one priority in this sense.
8. The companies such as Oxy, Aekyung, E-mart, and Lotte Mart sold humidifier disinfectants to consumers. However, SK chemical that provides the raw material for disinfectant is not mentioned in the media for some reason.
Don’t they write about SK chemical because they do not know about it? Alternatively, can’t they write despite the fact they know the truth? The media has a responsibility to inform the public.
9. After the meeting with Simonovic, ‘the Special UN Rapporteur on violence against women,’ Kim Bok-dong demanded a formal apology from the Japanese government and turned to the UN for help. The rapporteur said that ‘the Korea-Japan agreement on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery on Korean women did not appear to consider the recommendation and principle of human rights institutions such as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Then does the UN Secretary General Ban’s ‘welcome’ mean personal expression? I thought so.