Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 26, 2016)
1. President Park Geun-hye hosted a Cheong Wa Dae luncheon for South Korean athletes who joined the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The president said that the ‘Olympic athletes had become a symbol of hope and courage to the nation.’
I hope the president, leader of the nation, can give hope to the nation. Is it too late?
2. Bereaved family members of Sewol Ferry tragedy and Baek Namgi Action Committee angered over the main opposition Minjoo party. More than 20 people including six family members and ten committee members occupied the Minjoo party headquarters and participated in the sit-in.
I knew that this would happen as the Minjoo party always has blamed the ruling Saenuri party despite the fact the opposition won a majority. Is this because of the National Assembly Advancement Act?
3. Kim Bok-dong, Gil Won-ok, and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery strongly opposed the South Korean government’s decision to compensate 100 million Korean Won to sexual slave victims of Japanese military during WWII. Kim and Gil argued that the compensation on the premise of final settlement of comfort women issue be as same as selling sexual slave victims to Japan.
Kim and Gil have suffered long in their lifetime. Could you please stop harassing them?
4. The South Korean government came up with some measures to provide medical costs for infertility treatment to couples from all income brackets starting next month and up to 2 million won per month to fathers on paternity leave for three months. In addition, households with more than three children will be given priority in registering to state-run daycare centers and public rental housing.
How many brave dads are out there to apply for three-month paternity leave? Please give them courage.
5. A considerable number of parents teach English themselves to their sons and daughters and study for themselves to teach them. Mothers and fathers spend an average of 36 minutes a day to teach their children and spend an average of 52,000 won a month.
Parents can do everything for their kids. However, many couples are reluctant to have a child. Whew.