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

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



1. Saenuri Party attempts to appease angry Seongju residents over the deployment of THAAD system. Although the ruling party came up with alternatives such as establishing a ‘THAAD safety consultation body’ and holding a hearing, many criticize that the measure is an exit strategy on the premise of the THAAD deployment.

Why doesn’t Saenuri Party go through fair ratification process in the National Assembly? The Minjoo Party would not oppose the ratification. It is worthwhile for them. (I can cheat as much as Saenuri)


2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Japan’s suggestion is not true which uses 1 billion yen from a donation of victims of comfort women foundation and establish a scholarship project for Korean international students. The ministry says ‘the foundation plans to start a business to regain the victims’ damaged reputation and dignity and heal their wounds.’

The ministry must feel unhappy because people do not believe what they say. They should have gained trust in the beginning.


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

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



1. There is rising controversy over Justice Ministry’s ban on a Korean American’s entry to South Korea as the person plans to oppose the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The reason why the ministry denied his admission into South Korea is that the person is likely to harm South Korea’s interests or public safety.

Someone once said unification would hit the jackpot. The deployment of THAAD may harm public safety.


2. There is criticism over the Ministry of Education as the ministry sent an official notice to schools about ‘Explaining the Defense Ministry’s position on the THAAD deployment to education employees, students, and parents.’ The notice elucidates how to make access to the website of the Defense Ministry’s ‘Knowing THAAD right’ or attaches the ministry’s promotional materials about ‘Knowing THAAD right’ to the official notice.

When did the Ministry of Education decide to become a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense?


3. The unit price based on accumulated energy usage only applies to the household while corporations that use more electricity pay less energy bill. Consumer groups lodged a compensation claim against the Korea Power Electric Corporation (KEPCO) for excessive power bills, but the court postponed the sentence for two years.

People install expensive air conditioners for decoration. Don’t judges have air conditioners at home?


4.Park Hae-jin, a South Korean actor, has done a good deed in secret for a long time. Park donated the total amount of 1.1 billion Korean Won to Japan’s earthquake damage in 2011, sending daily necessities for Guryoung Village in Gaepo-dong in 2013, Sewol Ferry’s accident in 2014, and construction of children’s rehabilitation hospital.

Park believes that ‘he should repay the love he receives from others and practice true love.’ He is not only good-looking. Someone should learn from him.


5. More than half of job seekers in South Korea believe that parents’ capability affects their finding a job. As for parents’ ability which affects finding work, the ‘network’ topped the list. About 30% of job seekers blame their parents’ capacity.

South Korean parents are blamed after they sacrificed their life for their children. The reality is not only sad but rather bitter.

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

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



1. Internet users are angry over the South Korean government that tricked the victims of sexual slavery of Japanese army during World War II by forcing them to participate in the ‘Comfort Women Foundation’ ceremony. There is rising criticism that ‘what the government did to the victims was no different from Japanese army.’

What the government is doing is not right. They deserve criticism.


2. Last year, about 9,000 cherished pets were abandoned in Seoul alone. The phenomenon called ‘pet version of Goryojang,’ in which owners abandon their pets during summer holidays because they become tired of their dogs and cats or their pets are old and ill.

Owners who once adored their lap dogs and cats do not love them forever. Animal companions are not toys.


3. The average height of South Korean women has shot up by more than 20.1 cm over the century, reaching 162.3 cm, the fastest growing in 200 countries. Korean men have also grown taller by 15.1 cm from 159.8 to 174.9 cm, marking the 55th tallest from the 5th shortest.

The taller the height, the greater the women’s rights. This stays on the same.


4. As the sweltering heat continues, there are growing numbers of patients who suffer from heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope, and heat edema, which rose by twice compared to a year ago. The weather forecast says that this scorching heat will continue in the next couple of weeks, which people have to pay attention to their health.

There are many types of heat-related diseases. So do many Parks: Pro-Park, No-Park, Royal-Park Exit-Park, and Bankrupt-Park. We should be mindful to both Park and heat-related illness.

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

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


1. After US Armed Forces’ decision to deploy THAAD system on South Korean soil, South Korean foreign ministry was shocked by China’s unexpected stiff opposition. The tension between Seoul and Beijing escalates as China shows the possibility of retaliation.

They must have believed that giving a lick and promise would solve the issue. They only made the North Korea-China relations better.


2. Two months have passed since online shopping malls in South Korea launched a ‘boycott campaign’ against Oxy products but the company is still selling their products online. The online industry protested that they did their best by setting up banned words and excluding the products from promotional events but added that it was virtually impossible to force consumers not to purchase Oxy products.

They are making an excuse. They are good at being bossy.


3. With fast-growing aging population, medical advancement, and growing interests in health, South Korea’s centenarian population surpassed 3,000, which has grown by 72% in the last five years. More than 70% of these seniors did not either smoke or drink alcohol in their lifetime.

Isn’t this truly ‘believe or not’ story? There is no way to find out, though.


4. There is rising concern over possible blackout that occurred five years ago due to growing amount of electricity usage as a result of tropical night phenomenon and burning heat. However, many shops leave the door open while the air conditioner is on.

The electricity company does not apply the unit price based on accumulated energy usage to these stores. I do not want to go into the shops where the door is open because it looks hot inside.



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

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Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (July 25, 2016)
1. The South Korean government individually contacted the victims of sexual slavery of Japanese army and encouraged them to participate in the ‘Comfort Women Foundation’ ceremony that launches on the 28th. There are suspicions over the ‘treatment to lunch’ in the process as the government encouraged the victims to join the ceremony.
In other words, don’t say anything because we invite you to the lunch, right? What da heck.
2. Vice defense minister Hwang In-moo visited Seongju, Gyeongbuk Province where the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is deployed to establish communication with residents. Seongju residents turned away the Hwang’s plan to stay in Seongju from 22 to 24 of this month and initiate communication with them and commissioners on a strike against THAAD.
Are there any other external influence? Why didn’t you take a close look?
3. Some activities opposed the Sewol Ferry Special bill and deliberately spread the posts that disparaged the Sewol Ferry victims of bereaved families in social media. The Sewol Ferry Special Committee used the keyword ‘Sewol Ferry’, analyzed all the posts, and came up with the results.
I heard that the pattern of posts was similar to Korea National Intelligence Service.

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

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


1.Octylisothiazolinone (OIT), a toxic chemical substance similar to humidifier disinfectant, was found in ‘antibiotic filter’ used in air purifiers and automobile air conditioner. The filters that contain OIT are a total of 88 models; they are 58 models from seven air purifier companies, three models from two automobile companies, and 27 models from two home air conditioning companies.

Please give me a chance to breathe.


2. There are some comments about Korean cosmetic products that are distributed in the United States that spark racism controversy.  For instance, as people could consider the expression ‘whitening’ as white supremacy, it should be changed to ‘brightening’ instead.

There is a proverb that says ‘a soft word turns away wrath’. Please pay more attention!

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

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

1. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries plans to cut some parts of the ship to retrieve missing bodies after salvaging the vessel. The Sewol Special Committee and bereaved families strongly opposed against the ministry’s decision, saying ‘the ministry must not destroy the evidence of Sewol Ferry tragedy.’

Detective Conan says, “Those who conceal the truth are suspects.” Bingo!

2. The number of employees aged 60s and older surpassed that of 20s in the second quarter of this year. A growing number of older people are returning to the job market to prepare further for their postretirement while lingering economic slowdown has reduced recruitment of young job seekers in their 20s.

Both 20s and 60s struggle to make ends meet. Whew.


3. Volkswagen Korea that opposed the South Korean government’s decision to suspend sales of vehicles appointed Kim & Chang and Ko & Lee as their legal representative. The automobile company plans to file an administrative litigation due to the limitation of their corporate legal team and a preliminary approval hearing next week.

Volkswagen Korean has the money to pay for expensive lawyers. Kim & Chang and Lee & Ko. Impressive!