Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (November 2, 2016)
1.While South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s support rating dipped to 10.4%, which is on the verge of falling to single digits, local pollster Research View says Seoul and Gyeonggi Province already posted single-digit approval rating. On the other hand, the negative public sentiment against Park reached 81.2%, tumbling to the level, which Korea does not acknowledge the president.
No one except the Parent Federation and Mother Troops acknowledge the president. What is she going to do now then?
2. Cha Eun-taek’s return to Korea grabbed public attention as he has been missing for many days. Cha has been nicknamed the “crown prince” among culture moguls and confidant of Choi Soon-sil. As he was also suspected of using connections to Choi Soon-sil, Yoo Jin-ryong, the former minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism who is well aware of the current scandal compares Cha with a cockroach.
I know cockroaches hide well but I am worried because they survive to the last.
3. A government’s plan to write a history textbook, one of the ambitious projects during the Park Geun-hye administration met the “Choi Soon-sil” obstacle. History academics from Research Society for Korean History said through the declaration of the state affairs that the so-called “Choi Soon-sil history textbooks” should be terminated, demanding the investigation of alleged Choi’s influence-peddling and meddling in state affairs and the suspension of the government-initiated textbooks.
Looking at Choi’s growing influence over state affairs and Korean history, the textbooks should be called “the True Record of the Soon-sil Dynasty.” I hope the academia joked about what they said.
4. Greenpeace International warned that simply dumping 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 phones, which Samsung Electronics recalled from consumers around the world, may have an adverse impact on the environment. The organization called on the tech giant to find a way to reuse the precious materials these gadgets contain.
The phones became a pain in the neck. If they are reused, this is a profitable business then.