Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 16, 2016)
1. The Chengwadae luncheon on the 11th of the month, in which President Park Geun-hye invited the Chairman Lee Jung-hyun and the new leaders of the Saenuri Party, raised eyebrows with platters of luxurious ingredients such as truffle (very expensive mushroom). There is rising criticism over the luxurious menu, which is far from ordinary people’s life amid the ruling party’s emphasis on national security and economy and scorching heat.
Rich wine in the golden glass is the blood of one thousand people. Delicious food on the silver dish is the oil of ten thousand people
Isn’t this time for a secret royal inspector from the king to come forward?
2. Although 71 years have passed since the National Liberation Day, the South Korean government’s job to seize property and other assets from pro-Japanese collaborators are still ongoing. Some point out that a belated investigation seized only part of property despite the fact that the government wins the 91 out of 93 cases, marking the winning rate at 97%.
What do you expect from the South Korean government who is not willing or does not have reason to eradicate the remnants of Japanese colonialism?
3. Dr Kim Hyung-kyu, the husband of vocalist Kim Yuna, secretly volunteered medical services for disadvantaged group for five years. The dentist was happy to help the students from the group who can eat sweet and delicious food after dental treatment.
What wonderful news. Kim Yuna met a perfect spouse.