Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 31, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 31, 2016)

1. Kim Jae-su, the nominee of Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, faces another allegation that he received the total amount of home loan favors from Nonghyup when he bought 290 square meters of a luxury apartment with 200,000 US dollars lower price. Kim also faces allegations of receiving jeonse favors as he lived in 307 square meter jeonse apartment with 190,000 dollars in Yongin in Gyeonggi Province without renewal of real estate contract for seven years.

Kim will be successful if he invests in speculative real estate instead of becoming the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

jeonse: long-term deposit contracts

2. The Supreme Court in South Korea upheld an eight-year jail for a former professor who committed atrocities on his former teaching assistant including forcing the assistant to eat human feces and assaulting him for two years. The former professor, surnamed Jang, who was criticized for committing psychological murder that damaged human dignity was once an advisory committee member of the ruling Saenuri Party.

The party had him as an advisory committee member to lead the party by example. Am I right?


3. The average price for an apartment is South Korea surpassed 300 million Korean won for the first time. It is the highest since relevant data was first compiled in December 2008.

No way to buy an apartment? Why don’t you ask Kim Jae-su how to buy an apartment without spending money?


Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 30, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 30, 2016)


1. The prosecution’s special investigation team raided Presidential Civil Affairs Secretary Woo Byung-woo’s family company Jeonggang and deputy commissioner’s office in Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. The team came forward to collect evidence on tax evasion, breach of duty, embezzlement, and suspicions on Woo’s son serving as a conscripted policeman that receive favors in his assignment due to his father’s position at Cheong Wa Dae.

Reporting this properly? Woo will be surprised to hear all these.


2. The South Korean government decided to cut some parts of rooms to recover missing bodies after salvaging the Sewol ferry in September. The Sewol Special Committee and bereaved families strongly opposed against the government’s decision, saying ‘the authority must not destroy the evidence of Sewol Ferry tragedy.’

If you have a guilty conscience, please pay attention to the families.


3. Ildong Pharmaceutical company’s ‘Aronamin’ was the top-seeling over-the-counter drug in the first half of this year. As Koreans become more interested in health, consumers spend more on multi-vitamin supplements and energy tonic to relieve fatigue.

You must be tired, aren’t you? People say that it is because of liver. Well, I don’t think so. It is because of you.


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

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

1. President Park Geun-hye hosted a Cheong Wa Dae luncheon for South Korean athletes who joined the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The president said that the ‘Olympic athletes had become a symbol of hope and courage to the nation.’

I hope the president, leader of the nation, can give hope to the nation. Is it too late?


2. Bereaved family members of Sewol Ferry tragedy and Baek Namgi Action Committee angered over the main opposition Minjoo party.  More than 20 people including six family members and ten committee members occupied the Minjoo party headquarters and participated in the sit-in.

I knew that this would happen as the Minjoo party always has blamed the ruling Saenuri party despite the fact the opposition won a majority. Is this because of the National Assembly Advancement Act?


3. Kim Bok-dong, Gil Won-ok, and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery strongly opposed the South Korean government’s decision to compensate 100 million Korean Won to sexual slave victims of Japanese military during WWII. Kim and Gil argued that the compensation on the premise of final settlement of comfort women issue be as same as selling sexual slave victims to Japan.

Kim and Gil have suffered long in their lifetime. Could you please stop harassing them?


4. The South Korean government came up with some measures to provide medical costs for infertility treatment to couples from all income brackets starting next month and up to 2 million won per month to fathers on paternity leave for three months. In addition, households with more than three children will be given priority in registering to state-run daycare centers and public rental housing.

How many brave dads are out there to apply for three-month paternity leave?  Please give them courage.


5. A considerable number of parents teach English themselves to their sons and daughters and study for themselves to teach them. Mothers and fathers spend an average of 36 minutes a day to teach their children and spend an average of 52,000 won a month.

Parents can do everything for their kids. However, many couples are reluctant to have a child. Whew.


Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 25, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 25, 2016)


1. A special investigation team is formed simultaneously to probe two high-profile government figures, senior presidential secretary Woo Byung-woo and special inspector general Lee Seok-su. Yoon Gap-geun, chief of the Daegu High Prosecutor’s Office, who was named to lead the investigation, went the Judicial Research and Training Institute with Woo together during the same period, and Woo appointed Yoon as a chief of High Prosecutor’s Office.

They must be worried that he will act like a spoiled grandson who shakes his grandfather’s moustache. Maybe not. That is why we need to have a special prosecutor.

2.Kim Jong-in, the leader of Minjoo Party, pursued ‘strategic ambiguity’ regarding security issues to obtain more votes in the presidential election next year. Many Minjoo lawmakers are not happy about Kim’s lukewarm attitude toward security issues, but they remain quiet as they are desperate for transfer of power.

Kim says, ‘a domestic rabbit goes nowhere, and its love sparks strong opposition.’ He has no idea how difficult it is to catch a rabbit that leaves home.


3. North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile (SLBM) on Wednesday that flew about 500 km, signalling that the missile can include the entire South Korea on a full range on a lofted trajectory. Experts add that it will be a ‘disaster,’ if North Korea can arm SLBMs with miniaturized nuclear warheads.

Now the government will make a passionate speech that THAAD is the only way to save South Korea. That is how the current administration wants to hit the so-called ‘unification jackpot.’


4. The Daegu-based soju-maker Kumbokju that forced a female employee who was getting married to quit has maintained its gender discrimination policy in the workplace for many years. According to the National Human Rights Commission’s investigation, it was customary for the company to pressurize a female worker who was getting married to quit for 60 years since it was founded in 1957.

Alcohol helps the distiller sleep in the past 60 years. Mr Chairman, how do you relieve yourself from a hangover? What do you have to eat to wake up?


Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 24, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 24, 2016)

1. The Sewol Special Committee chose 39 witnesses including Lee Jung-hyun, the leader of Saenuri Party, Gil Hwan-young, the president of Korea Broadcasting Company, and Kim Ki-chun, the chief presidential secretary during the third round of hearing. The committee emphasized that witnesses who do not attend the hearing without reasonable cause face charges.

These witnesses will not probably attend as they are afraid to face truth rather than charges. That must be the reason.


2. According to Chosun-Ilbo’s reports, North Korean youth who live close to the North Korea-China border openly discuss that Joseon is completely ruined, and they want to live in China. Young people, especially upper-class students such as party officers, have a growing negative perspective about the North Korean regime.

Look who is talking. Can you not see that Korean youth want to leave South Korea because of the so-called hell Joseon syndrome?


3. A first cholera case occurred in South Korea for the first time in 15 years amid unprecedented scorching heat. The health authority conducts an epidemiologic investigation including mass infection to trace the infection route.

I have a feeling that South Korea is becoming an uncivilized country. Anyway, we should keep in mind that we have to wash hands thoroughly and boil water for drinking

Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 23, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 23, 2016)



1. Lee Seok-su, a special inspector, denied alleged leak of information from his probe into the allegations of corruption involving senior secretary for civil affairs Woo Byung-woo amid mounting calls for his resignation from Cheong Wae Dae and the ruling Saenuri Party. The inspector said in an interview that the allegations alone do not mean a resignation according to the current’s administration’s policy.

They have no word to say because that is what the president said. He suddenly looks cool.


2. Small Korean business owners in Australia became the topic of conversation as they do not pay a legal minimum wage to working holiday visa holders. The business owners argue that it be customary to pay these visa holders below minimum wage, but the Australian authority maintained a tough stance to these owners, saying there is no such thing as going rate and will be no negotiation.

The custom always causes problems even outside of South Korea.

Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 22, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 22, 2016)


1. Cheong Wae Dae sees allegations of corruptions concerning Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs Woo Byung-woo as an effort to ‘kill Woo’ and make the Korean government helpless. Some of media, corrupt vested power and leftists work together to remove Woo but will not find a compromise with the government in the past.

Do they mean that dogs and pigs bark? There are also corrupt vested power and leftists in Saenuri Party.

2. The Seongju Committee for the Withdrawal of the THAAD asked for other spots for THAAD deployment but withdrew their request later. While the committee’s request brings division and conflict between residents, Kimcheon residents are expected to move forward.

So that is how it goes. Where will the government go when Kimcheon residents oppose the THAAD deployment?