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

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 31, 2016)
1. National Human Rights Commission of Korea said that police’s decision to disapprove the Sewol ferry disaster memorial service violates the Constitution, which guarantees the freedom of assembly. The commission held a Committee of the Whole Meeting and quoted civic group’s petition regarding police’s disapproval of the service near ChungWaDae.

I am not sure whether Korean police is aware of the value of the Constitution. I hope they don’t rule over above the Constitution.


2. Bank customers are concerned about low-interest rates, which extend over a longer period. While interest rates for savings and term deposits plunge, loan interests steadily increase coupled with rising additional service charges.

Instead of stealing the customers’ money, why don’t they do something about their far-fetched employee benefits package?



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

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

1. There is a growing gap between the haves and the have-nots in voter turnout rates. The voting gap between highest 20% and lowest 20% of earners reached as much as 29%. People attribute long working hours and housing stress to the widening gap.

That is why there are policies for the rich available. If you cannot vote on the day, please try early voting. One vote can make your voice heard.

2. The Federation of Korean Industries and Korean Federation of SMEs submitted a proposal to lower electricity bill. Korea Electronic Power Corporation is making profits, and China reduced industrial electricity bill. Both organizations demand to cut down the payment to raise competitiveness.

Industrial electricity is already cheap. Why does the government apply the unit price based on accumulated energy usage only to households? The bill which is only good for corporations was created during Yushin Constitution.


3. A reduction in sugar intake prevents adult disease. There two lumps of sugar in one coffee mix stick, six in a cracker, and seven in one soft drink. The World Health Organization recommended 15 or fewer lump sugars a day.

A cup of coffee mix with a cracker and a can of coke make a total of 15 lump sugars. What am I going to do about?


4. Choco pie, 42-year-old brand in Orion, announced last year that the price remained same whereas the manufacturer increased the size by 11%. However, the company slightly reduced the size of the new product called “the banana-flavored Choco pie.” The price was the same, but the size became smaller from 39 to 37 grams. Lotte’s Mongshell became smaller as well.

This happens when we take our eyes off the product. They have no soul.




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

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


1. Last month, mad deer disease exploded in Jinju, Gyeongnam Province followed by Hwasung, Gyeonggi Province, burying 35 deer. The province and city will perform the epidemiologic investigation while monitoring the surrounding deer farms.

Some people eat antlers and even drink deer blood. Is mad deer disease safe to the human body? That’s what I am wondering.


2. People can make an electronic financial transaction without installing Active X. Despite the Commission’s efforts to improve accredited certificates for online purchase and abolish all the patches and programs necessary for digital certification, consumers have continued to complain about hassles of using accredited certificates, Active X, and OTP.

Active X has been a long-standing issue. Are there reasons for delay?



3. Consumers can cash out in supermarkets or convenience stores if they purchase with their debit cards. If they ask for cash withdrawal along with their debit card purchase, these merchants give them the amount they request along with their purchase. This service only is available for cash and debit cards. The maximum cash withdrawal limit is expected to be 100,000 Korean Won (100 US dollars)

It’s quite handy because there is no additional service charge. The charge here means that I should make a purchase first to have cashback.


4. A study found that about one-third of Koreans watch TV alone even though they live with their family. One of the biggest reasons is that “they don’t have much time to stay together (60.9%), followed by “TV program preference (27.2%). “

This happens because of a father holding a remote control tightly.



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

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

1. 74 candidates who completed their candidate registration for the general election in Gyeonggi Province reported that they had 100 million or more Korean Won (100,000 US dollars or more) value of personal property, which accounted for 35.07% of all candidates. One candidate reported that its assets were 0 Korean Won whereas 12 people said that their property reached “minus” level.

No wonder why lawmakers raise their voice to demand tax cut for the wealthy in the National Assembly.


2. As strict smoking ban drives smokers out of the building, there is a growing conflict between smokers and non-smokers on the streets. Because advanced countries allow people to smoke in smoking areas in some of the streets, some people argue that there should be more smoking areas.

What is the tobacco tax for? The tax brings conflicts as well.

3. Korea Forest Service warned that many people are mistaken poisonous plants as edible wild green, resulting in life in danger. Also, people have to get permission from the owner of the mountain if they want to pick some of the wild greens. Failure to do so would entail up to seven years in prison or 20 million in fines.

The effort to save a penny by picking the wild greens may suffer the consequences. Please be mindful.


4. The number of divorcing senior couples who are 60 years or older surpassed the number of post-honeymoon divorcing couples and the trend steadily continues. The reason for this trend is because older couples want to pursue a happier life in their old age by getting out of an unhappy marriage.

We can’t force these couples to maintain their relationship, but I hope that doesn’t mean that their whole life was miserable.


5. The law school at Seoul National University decided to offer a full scholarship to students who are from the bottom 50% of low-income households. Scholarship beneficiaries will have a stable job after graduation and must provide a donation to latecomers who are in the same situation for a certain period.

That’s good news. But removing law school’s dishonor, the so-called a modern version hereditary should come first.


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


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

1. President Park Geun-hye attended French food festival at Shilla Hotel. Before the event, the president said South Korea should raise its military alert against North Korea’s threat. The candidate registration for general election began on the 24th.

She has to do security business before the election. She has to eat even though she is extremely busy. She has so many things to do.

2. Korea has the world’s fastest average internet connection speed for eight quarters in a row. The penetration rate of broadband Internet topped the list, strengthening its position as  IT powerhouse.

The average speed of mobile internet access has ranked the 5th in the world. I believe Korea’s “chop-chop culture” made this possible.

3. According to the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report in 2015, South Korea’s incidence rate of tuberculosis was 86 out 100,000. The report indicates that South Korea has the highest incidence rate of tuberculosis in the world. The number of TB deaths reported annually in South Korea is as similar as North Korea, a high-risk tuberculosis country.

The number of TB cases will increase to 30,000 every year. Christmas seals are no longer available for sale. Don’t just stand there. Do something.

4. Cardholders should check whether or not they joined credit card’s additional services without consent. Seven credit card companies who make holders use other services without their consent earned 1 trillion Korean Won (10 billion US dollars) for the commission.

These card companies should return the money with interest to their customers. Give it back.

5. There are nearly one million households in South Korea who are unable to pay their national health insurance fees for more than six months because of economic hardship. The default insurance cost, unpaid by households who suffer from extreme poverty such as a mother and two daughters in Songpa amounted to 1.2 trillion Korean Won (about 1.2 billion US dollars), which accounts for 67% of the full default insurance. The family committed suicide together because they could not pay a monthly fee of 50 dollars.

How about using 1 trillion Korean Won from credit card companies for good things by adding interest?

6. A growing number of South Korean police use pictures uploaded in social media such as Facebook in the process of investigation. They use Facebook profile photo as evidence and even know which web page the person under investigation clicked the Like button.

Police have so many things to do. I bet they have sore eyes. People should change from “Public” to “Friends” when it comes to sharing contents and privacy.





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


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

1. The documentary film called “upside down”, which covers the story about the victims and families of Sewol Ferry Disaster, will be released in April. The person who bombard harsh words to the bereaved families, saying they have been doing “corpse business” was nominated as a proportional representative, which sparked controversy these days.

The person should be knocked down immediately. No one should be doing proportional representative business like that.


2. Of the ten largest corporations in South Korea, Lotte was the worst in coexisting with small businesses, followed Hanhwa, Doosan, Shinsegage. KT was the highest concerning coexistence.

Did someone talk with KT on the phone? Keep your words. Let’s survive together, please.

3. The average jeonse price or a long-term deposit contract, of small apartments in Seoul, is an average of 259 million Korean Won (about 259,000 US dollars). The sales price of medium and large apartments in Gyeonggi and Incheon, suburbs of Seoul, is 310 million Korean won (315,500 US dollars). Tenants who live in Seoul can buy their home in Geyonggi and Incheon if they can afford 40 million Korean Won more.

I used to live in Seoul but the city is driving me away.


4. Those who made a donation last year was under 30% as a result of the economic burden. Seven in ten respondents said they are unable to enjoy leisure activities because of the economic burden.

People are stuck in their room, watching TV, but you should accept this positively.



Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 11, 2016)

Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 11, 2016)

1. During the former President Park Chung-hee’s dictatorship, Mr. and Mrs. Kim Do-won who were sentenced to jail for praising Kim Il-sung, the former North Korean leader, is found ‘Not Guilty’ in a retrial after 42 years. This is one of the typical ‘Makgeolli (or Korean rice wine) Security Law’ which ordinary citizens are punished under the National Security Law or Anti-communist Act when they criticized the president or government while under the influence of alcohol.

Well, why does Yoon Sang-hyun, the Korean politician, come across my mind? Should I say the world has become a better place to live?

2. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General in the United Nations, expressed a different opinion over the South Korea and Japan agreement over comfort women. The UN spokesman said the committee provided an independent report whereas Mr. Ban expressed his personal opinion.

As the Secretary-General, what he says should represent the United Nations. But it seems it does not work here.


3. Some teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools conducted a home environment survey on parents’ education background and occupation. Teachers distribute a survey to each family to identify their personal information and home environment.

What does your father do for a living? You are talking about ancient history. Don’t ask these sorts of questions.

4. The Youth Hope Foundation which President Park Geun-hye helped launch to give hope to young job seekers and the Korean government established to create jobs for youngsters did not produce a positive outcome. The foundation that was anxious about its low performance came up with a new business plan, a concert that includes popular entertainers such as girl groups, Mamamoo, and Son Ho-young.

The foundation still has so much money to spend. I’ll do the concert and you do the job creation.