Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (September 20, 2016)
1. President Park Geun-hye visited South Korea’s southeastern city of Gyeongju and Wolsong nuclear plant near the city, saying that the town should be designated as a special disaster area. The president’s visit to Gyeongju was to respond to mounting criticism of the government’s incompetence and slow response, following two powerful earthquakes that struck the region on the 12th.
She made a long journey to Gyeongju. It would have been better if she had visited Seongju.
2. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-hwan strongly argues that finding the truth about Sewol Ferry Disaster and activities of the Sewol Special Investigation Committee are over. Hwang acknowledges the Supreme Court’s decision, stating what caused the ferry to sink is still unknown but argues that the fact-finding process about Sewol Ferry be over.
The prime minister acknowledges but does not understand. He is one of the people above the Constitution.
3. More than 100,000, the average of 250 pets a day, are abandoned every year. The total of abandoned pets are 460,000 (300,000 dogs and 150,000 cats) in the last five years, and the Korean government spends about 10 billion Korean won of annual social costs for these abandoned animals.
I feel pity for these pets, but the government spends much money on this. People should not raise pets for fun.
4. More than 40% of college professors in Korea who have received disciplinary penalties of sexual assaults are still working at universities. According to data from January 2013 to June 2016, twenty professors, about 43% of 47 professors in 38 Korea’s universities who received disciplinary punishments of a sexual offense, are still teaching at universities.
Do you want your children to learn from these professors? This is f-word bullshit.