Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (September 8, 2016)
1. Despite the fact that Ahn Cheol-soo, the former leader of People’s Party, announced that he runs for president, his approval rating does not go up as expected. His approval rating falters due to kickback allegations, the opposition of THAAD that conservative party does not support, and careless activities of standing committee.
Ahn was like an officiator at a wedding during Cho Yoon-sun’s hearing. Can’t he do that more energetically?
2. Kang Eun-hee, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family, said that the Foundation for Justice and Remembrance would not remove a teenage girl statue, which the Korean government should not come forward. However, Kang made no further comments on the allegations that Japanese government sent a total of one billion yen for removing the statue.
Please do not make an ambiguous statement. What about ‘the Korean government decided to keep the teenage statue in place?’
3. There is rising criticism over the Foundation for Justice and Remembrance for supporting victims of sexual slavery of Japanese army during World War II, which was established based on the agreement between and South Korea and Japan. Many criticize the government as the authority merely delivers the Japanese government’s position despite the fact that many raise their voices against the agreement.
I do not understand why the Korean government talk about healing and reconciliation when they do not pay attention to voices of opposition. The action is something that the Japanese government does.