Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 29, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 29, 2016)


1. The fact that SK and CJ made a remittance to the Korea Parent Federation came to surface. Both groups transferred the money to a borrowed-name bank and explained that they sent the money because they were threatened by the Federation.

Why are they afraid of the Federation? They must be scared of the one who is behind the Federation.


2. Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and the spokesman said that the removal of the statue of a girl was an implicit agreement between South Korea and Japan. The secretary instantly refuted what President Park said that the statue was not mentioned in the agreement.

The state of Korea is in shambles. I feel so shameful that I want to hide.


3. The disease prevention authority in South Korea that did not include Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam to the “list of countries affected by dangerous virus system” decided to add this area to the system when the Zika virus was detected in a man having travelled to the Philippines.

The authority is always one step behind. Do they have to do this again after we go through with MERs?


4. The war with mosquitoes began with the unusually early spring heat. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide warning against Japanese encephalitis as the Culex tritaeniorhynchus, a species of mosquito and the main vector of Japanese encephalitis was first discovered in Gyeongnam and Jeju.

Japanese encephalitis and Zika. The discomfort index is expected to be higher this summer. But don’t get cranky.


5. As the Oxy investigation grabbed people’s attention, Korean conglomerates that manufactured and sold humidifier disinfectant are avoiding their responsibility. Launching an investigation late arouse suspicion as the case is about to expire because of the statute of limitations.

The president said the case should be investigated thoroughly by helping the victims. Will you do that please, unlike Sewol Ferry?

6. A research team in Korea provided a clue that cure cancer and Parkinson’s disease by controlling the amount of calcium in a cell. The Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) confirmed that the amount of calcium in mitochondria, which is responsible for energy production, reduces cancer cells.

Korean research teams always find something new. Can I benefit from this discovery?


7. The medical fee is expected to be more expensive by 30 to 50% on May 6, the day the Korean government designates it a temporary holiday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare says patients sharing of the medical cost increases as the medical service apply a surcharge of the night and public holidays.

They say taking a day off does not guarantee the medical cost. They are very thoughtful, aren’t they?




Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 28, 2016)


Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 28, 2016)


1. Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary reiterated that the removal of the statue of a teenage girl in front of the Japanese embassy was included in the agreement between and South Korea and Japan on sexual slavery during World War II. There was an argument that President Park Geun-hye was linked to the removal of the statue, but she said the statue was not even mentioned in the agreement.

I don’t know who is right but let’s call off the agreement because both have different opinions.



2. The image of “Mensa” has turned into college admission “qualification.” Students can apply for a comprehensive review of college admission if they have unique experience in their school reports.  Mr. A, for example, prepared for the Mensa membership exam with the brain training textbook made by a private academy. He became the Mensa member after a five-month of preparation with his IQ going up from 118 to 158.

So do you want to know what happened to him? He was accepted by the school of his dreams. People say geniuses are made. I think that is true.


3. The Oxy humidifier disinfectant scandal triggered online shoppers to launch a boycott campaign against the company’s products, resulting in a significant drop in sales of Oxy daily supplies. Avoiding Oxy products were more prevalent in online shopping malls rather than offline shopping malls such as big supermarkets.

We will never use Oxy products until the company offers a sincere apology and compensation to the victims.



4. One in five Koreans suffer from hair loss, but they rely on nonmedical methods such as shampoo for hair loss and scalp tonic. Experts warn that people may miss the right time to start hair loss treatment if they continue to rely on advice from the related products or friends as hair loss needs medical attention.

Medical experts’ advice is way too expensive. Did you not know that?


5. Only four in ten small and medium enterprises say that they will take a day off when May 6 becomes the temporary holiday. More than half of employers do not plan to pay an allowance to their employees.

Only government offices and schools have a day off that day. Only children benefit from the government decision.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 27, 2016)


Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 27, 2016)


1. As the demand for “political innovation” bursts out with the 19th National Assembly ahead, both ruling and opposition party competitively proposed that they will take down their privileges as lawmakers. However, the 19th National Assembly will end after one month, putting most of the bill about putting down the right is about to disappear automatically.

What do you expect from these people? I’ll keep my eyes on those who knelt and bowed their heads deep in the 20th National Assembly.


2. Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education came up with learning history guidelines for elementary, middle, and high school together with running the board of education. The office voluntarily reinforces history learning before the publication of the 2017 government-initiated history textbooks for middle and high school.

The government-lead textbooks give other people hard time.

3. A growing number of Korean consumers call for a boycott of the products from Oxy Reckitt Benckiser after the investigation on ‘oxy humidifier disinfectant.’ However, the boycott does not seem to affect the sales because of the company’s high market share. Most consumers do not change their purchase pattern, which means the boycott does not have an impact on the sales.

I mentioned the list of all products from Oxy yesterday, didn’t I? Please check it again and show me people power.

4. A study found that higher medical checkup means more radiation exposure. The examination is more expensive with more CT scans, which means one premium medical examination is equivalent to up to 6 years of naturally occurring radiation.

Radiation has always been expensive even if they are not good for health.

5. More than half of the time-poor workers are swamped with their work as they do not have an hour to date someone. However, 38% of respondents say they never give ‘dating someone’ even if they are pressed with the heavy workload and many night overwork.

Doesn’t it mean that the rest of 62% give me dating? Dating and love are good.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 26, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 26, 2016)


1. A study found that obese men have 20% higher chance of developing prostate cancer. They have to walk to sweat or workout at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week to maintain their body weight in balance.

I believe most people are cancer patients if they have to spend a certain amount of time on exercise.

2. Korean consumers call for a boycott of products from Oxy. The products include Oxy clean, Dettol, Beet, Bang, Harpic, Finish, Power clean, Hippo dehumidifier, Hippo deodorizer, and Hamaroid (naphthalene ball).

There is a wide range of products. I don’t know some items. Because we are aware that products from Oxy have harmful effects on our body, we should stop using them.


3. An increasing number of Korean say that marriage is good but not getting married is also good. Since last year, individuals say “no” to marriage in social media have increased at an explosive rate. They also mentioned more about “practical” and “economic” rather than “love”

“Love is not a joke.” Love must face reality. That’s sad.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 21, 2016)


Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 21, 2016)



1. There is a growing suspicion that the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) secretly supported Korea Parent Federation (KPK) and North Korea Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea. FKI neither accepted nor denied the suspicion by saying, “They cannot identify the detail.”

They have money to burn. By the way, if FKI is behind KPK, who is behind FKI?


2. Korea Internet Security Agency published a book about future expectations so-called <2045 Future society@ The Internet>. According to the book, in 2045, combat robots and unmanned machines will defend the nation and military service will switch from compulsory to voluntary. Moreover, artificial organs and precision diagnosis extend average human lifespan to 120 years.

If you endure 30 years, you don’t have to serve in the army. You have to be good at playing games if you want to join the army.



3. The ‘Sewol’ ribbon that hopes for safe return of missing Sewol Ferry students was listed as standard Unicode. The Unicode Consortium and 416 Solidarity said the yellow ribbon was designated as a computing text standard by changing its title to “Remember 0416” to remember the victims of Sewol Ferry Disaster.

Do you want to stop when the world still remembers the tragedy? Let’s not do this, please.


4. Korean workers spend an average of 6,300 Korean Won (6.30 US dollars) for their lunch. They pay 600 Won more, which was 5,700 Won than last year and more than half of employees (59.3%) said that the lunch price was too much.

We can’t always pack lunch. That’s why lunch from a convenience store is popular.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 20, 2016)


Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 20, 2016)

1. Amid blood supply shortage, a military officer has donated his blood 152 times in the last ten years. He made his first blood donation when he was a lieutenant in 2006. The officer gave his blood to complete strangers every month except military training and the total blood volume he donated so far was 60,800 CC.

He is the man of men. I hope there are more soldiers like him. Semper fi.

2. The court reached its final decision that the government should compensate the victim and the family who opposed Yushin Constitution, served time in prison and were acquitted during a retrial. The Supreme Court’s precedent, ‘Taking an emergency measure is a political activity which does not require compensation’, is continually overturned.

From my perspective, the Supreme Court’s precedent is a political action, isn’t it?

3. The city of Taebaek will restore Hanbo coal mine in Taebaek, the filming site of a South Korean television series called “The Descendants of the Sun,” which is sweeping throughout both South Korea and China. The city plans to build the site by spending government expenditure of 2.5 billion Korean Won (2.5 million US dollars) as soon as they receive approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

I am little worried that the entire South Korea will transform into filming sites whenever Korean dramas hit the jackpot.

4. A study found that about 89.1% of employees have been nagged in their employers. Many workers suffer from gastrointestinal problems and hair loss because of their nagging bosses’ insults such as “informal language and arrogant attitude”, which topped the list followed by “continued task request.”

Mother-in-laws become hard on their daughter-in-law if she had a hard married life. What’s wrong with these nagging superiors as they were once new graduates before?



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 19, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (April 19, 2016)

1. A newly married couple made a headline by using their wedding expenses and wedding money gifts to build a small school in Uganda. On their wedding day, the groom Song Ju-hyun puts his suit on while the bride, Na Eun-bi wore a simple white dress, which is 50 dollars of worth.

This is one of the beautiful news, and she wore the most beautiful wedding dress in the world.


2. China will launch a stamp featuring Park Hae-jin. Unlike some Korean stars who are just interested in filming a commercial, Park’s sincereness captured Chinese fans. Chinese media also reported that Park is considered as a star who loves China compared to some Korean entertainers who are only interested in raising their pay.

Sincerity moves heaven. This is another good news.


3. Chun Jung-bae, the joint chairman of the People’s Party, said that they will launch an investigation into eight years of deep-rooted evils during the Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye administration. These include Sewol Ferry Disaster, resources diplomacy, defense industry corruption, welfare retreat, anti-terrorism law, increased taxation, Nuri curriculum budget, suppression of the press, government-initiated history textbooks, and the shutdown of Kaesong Industrial Complex.

I suddenly feel so much better. It’s not just me, right?


4. A pregnant woman who consumes the excessive amount of roasted or fried meat is more likely to have an underweight baby. The research team suggests boiled or steamed meat instead.

Meat should be roasted to get the real flavor. Pregnant women should eat steamed meat during their pregnancy.

5. A chicken restaurant in South Korea, who used Louis Vuitton, paid 10,000 dollars of fine. The name of the restaurant was ‘Louis Vui Chicken’ and ended up paying a large sum of fine.

Well, it’s something that we can’t laugh. They can consider the name as something fun. Fine is too much.


6. BBQ, the chicken restaurant chain in South Korea, came up with ‘single meal’ touched a raw nerve of netizens. According to flyers, the meal costs about 11 dollars, which is composed of half golden olive chicken, coleslaw, and a coke. There is rising criticism that the meal is ludicrously expensive compared to whole chicken, which costs 16 dollars.

Is the chicken made of gold? This is truly a Louis Vuitton chicken.