Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (October 19, 2016)
1. Cheong Wa Dae initiated counterattack after it was pushed into a corner due to allegations of Mir and K Foundation and Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs Woo Byung-woo. Some media reported that Song Min-soon’s memoir caused severe damage to the reputation of Moon Jae-in, the former leader of Minjoo party while the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a potential presidential candidate, benefited from the latest controversy.
The memoir alone is not enough to cover this nasty mess. It stinks so much.
2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs distorted contents of the Korea-Japan agreement of comfort women, which was criticized as a humiliating concession. The agreement says the comfort women issue would be settled when the Japanese government made a contribution of one billion yen, in which, South Korean government could not force the Japanese authority to apologize due to lack of legal grounds.
The Korean government distorted, hid, and covered the truth. That is why Japan does not apologize for its past mistakes.
3. The hashtag campaign through social media gains popularity these days. The hashtag is one of the functions used on the social network by adding hash character (#) in front of a specific word. By doing so, users can search for the specific word that has been tagged with it and can easily participate in the social campaign. However, others say that there is a limitation to finding a fundamental solution to the problem.
I will continue to add a hashtag to find a fundamental settlement of the problem. #Where is Choi Soon-sil?
4. As an increasing number of households move out of Seoul due to high rise in jeonse price, Incheon’s population reached three million as of now. Unlike Seoul, Busan, and Daegu where population dwindles, Incheon shows different population patterns.
I am concerned that Incheon will become one of those bed towns (satellite towns) occupied by the so-called jeonse refugees (rent poor).