Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 18, 2017)
1. The court unveiled evidence that South Korean President Park Geun-hye sent to Choi Soon-sil, which was the incomplete list of potential cabinet members at the beginning of her term. The evidence is one of the 47 classified documents after prosecutors indicted Choi Soon-sil and it was the first time for the court to release a document with specific details.
So potential candidates can enter into the Cabinet with Choi’s approval? We should shoot the film the sequel of a movie called “physiognomy.”
2. Pyo Chang-won, the lawmaker of Minjoo Party of Korea, said that the retirement age threshold for all public servants including president should be decreased to 65 years, which South Korea’s conservative parties including Saenuri Party and Bareun Party strongly opposed. They demanded Pyo’s apology, saying that his remark is unreserved criticism that destroys humanity.
Kim Ki-chun is 77. Kim Jong-in is 76. Park Ji-won is 74. Seo Cheong-won is 73. Ban Ki-moon is 72. I did not say anything.
3. Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s approval rating which has plunged reversed the political situation in 2017 by recalling Japanese ambassador to Korea in protest against the installation of a comfort woman statue in Busan. The approval rating for this month is 54%, which increased by 4% compared to December of last year.
So Abe wants to remove the statue? Let’s increase his approval rating by installing another statue in Dokdo this time.