Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 3, 2017)
1. Recent research found that changing political belief has a significant impact on a person’s life, which can lead to denial of his identity. The whole nation that no longer supports the Korean government suffers from the influence-peddling scandal caused by Choi Soon-sil.
The Parent Federation and Mother Troops are acting weird because they do not want panic. Well, I understand.
2. The former leader of Saenuri Party Lee Jung-hyun withdrew from the ruling party, taking responsibility for Choi Soon-sil’s power abuse scandal. Lee urged lawmakers to work together to achieve unity within the party by considering his case as a stepping stone.
What about the hat-eating promise that Lee made before he quits? I want to see him eating his hat.
3. Joo Jin-woo, the reporter from Korea’s weekly political magazine Sisain, wrote on his Facebook, saying, “I never commit suicide” while sharing the news of a long-time secretary of Park Ji-man, the president’s younger brother, who was found dead. The reporter felt a threat to his safety right after the TV program of Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) ‘What People Want to Know” aired the program called “the murdered cousins once removed of President Park Geun-hye.”
We probably need Private Detective Conan to search for “dying message.”
4. South Korean Prosecutors caught Chunho food for selling ‘fake red ginseng,’ which is mixed with starch syrup and caramel coloring as the company deceived consumers that they are 100% pure red ginseng concentrate. The company’s catch phrase, “We only use six-year-old ginseng concentrate and purified water” turned out to be false.
There is nothing we can do but call for a boycott of the product.