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

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



1. Gumi in Gyeongsang Province decided to apply 1.4 billion Korean Won (1.4 million US dollars) for ‘the centennial anniversary of the birth of Park Chung-hee musical.’ The business budget alone is expected to be 4 billion Korean Won (4 million US dollars) to commemorate the 14th of November.

The ritual table for the dictator is extremely luxurious. Why don’t they provide one bottle of Chivas Regal? Tut, tut.


2. Lee Jae-geun, a North Korean defector, who participated in the assembly of the Parent Confederation, had an interview today with Media Today. He said in an interview that the federation did not pay him the money he worked for the country. When he made a complaint, he was given daily pay of 20,000 Korean Won (20 US dollars) by deducting 10%.

Even if he works for the country, the federation deducts 10%. The organization is trying to save too much money.


3. There was a statement that South Korean maritime police conducted a coercive investigation (including swearing) against Kang Min-kyu, the vice-principal from Danwon High School, who committed suicide two days after the Sewol Ferry sank. Mr. Kang was under long hours of interrogation without proper medical treatment despite his hypoglycemic condition as he helped 20 students and citizens escape from the ferry.

The police did absolutely nothing when the Sewol Ferry sank. Why do they have to harass the innocent person?


4. This year, more than 50% of pedestrians in Seoul were killed when they jaywalked. Total of 35 people died in the crosswalk this year, and three in four people were killed when they jaywalked.

Seeing is not everything. Instead of just relying on traffic signals, pedestrians should pay attention to cars while drivers to pedestrians.


5. A study found that marathon, which many people do to maintain their health, have an adverse impact on middle-aged men’s cardiac condition. An adequate amount of aerobic exercise can reduce the possibility of cardiovascular disease while people who are addicted to exercise may have a negative impact on their health.

I have some friends who are jogging exuberantly at their age. Take it easy, friends.


6. While there is a raising concern over the economic downturn in South Korea as a result of corporate restructure, household debts in South Korea are expected to reach the record-high level of 1.24 trillion Korean Won in the first quarter this year. The number reached the highest level so far before the Bank of Korea first collected the related data since the fourth quarter of 2002.

The time bomb for household debt is about to explode. Are they not afraid of the ticking bomb?


7. There is a growing number of eco-consumers who are trying to protect themselves from harmful pollutants by using eco-friendly or green products. Such movement has continued in the last few years and has recently expanded after the humidifier disinfectant incident.

It was fun to sleep under the mosquito net. I missed the time.

8. With a significant price rise in Korean beef, the Korean government’s policy triggered controversy. The government will sell the 10% of Korean beef in the market what was once given to Korean soldiers.

What do they think they are doing? Why don’t they overhaul the distribution system that covers 40% of the total price?


9. A study found that workaholism is associated with mental disability. Many workaholics exhibit mental problems including obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression.

Addiction itself is a poison. Relax and take it easy for a while.


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


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


1. Ministry of Health and Welfare says that the telehealth bill that the 19th National Assembly could not pass should be considered before the opening of the 20th National Assembly. The Korean Medical Association, who have opposed the legislation, strongly argues that the ministry should withdraw the amendment.

Why does the ministry want to pass the bill when doctors are against it? Are they sick or what?


2. 2,600 elementary school teachers in South Korea declared that they will not teach Korean history to sixth graders as written in the government-initiated textbooks. They said that ‘it is dangerous to teach the distorted history to elementary students who learn Korean history for the first time.’

Of course, it is hazardous. The distorted history is like a weapon.

3. Local governments face the phenomenon so-called ‘natural decrease of population’ which indicates the number of newborn babies falls short of the number of death. Population decline is taking place as low birth rate followed by an aging population.

Instead of worrying, the environment where people can get married and have children should be created.


4.The investigation found that the experiment report on humidifier disinfectants written by Professor Cho at Seoul National University was a ‘tailored report’ requested by Oxy. The professor deliberately submitted the report to the company when the result was not favorable, ignoring the university rule that the professor must inform the university first.

The professor strongly argued that he be under a false accusation. What does he mean by that? Is this because he was caught in the act?



5. When marriage relationship ends, men are more likely to become poorly nourished while women remain the same. Women do not go through any nutritional changes whereas men who remain single as a result of bereavement and divorce are likely to become malnourished.

Husbands should be nice to their wives if they want to live longer.


6. Women (born in 2003 and 2004) who are aged 12 are eligible to have a free cervical cancer vaccine (equivalent to 300 US dollars) in South Korea starting this year. Getting the vaccine at the age of 11 and 12 is known to be most effective.

Cervical cancer is the only cancer that can be preventable. Don’t forget to get a free vaccine.


7. About half of female job seekers are willing to join the army if the experience is helpful to get a job. In addition, 67% of them believe that the organizational experience in the military will have a positive impact on their career.

They are saying that because they don’t have military experience. I don’t recommend them to join the army to experience organizational life.


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

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



1. Minjoo Party and People’s Party in South Korea indulge in policy competition by holding ‘Job Creation Concert’ and ‘Intensive Workshops on Enhancing Policy Competence’ respectively. The leaders of both parties participated in the events to focus on achieving the opposition leadership by improving their image.

I hope they will keep their electoral pledges. Anyway, what they are doing is not too bad.

2. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that the worldwide prevalence of Zika virus as a failure of health policy which is relevant to the eradication of mosquitoes and supplying contraception device. The organization explained that Zika virus is the result of unprotected sex as well as the use of contraception.

I don’t think we can handle the Zika virus situation well, even though we have experience with MERs.


3. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) warned that we will have the hottest summer since first meteorological observations began. NASA was certain that this summer will be marked as the hottest after comparing with last and this year’s data.

We always have had the most humid summer. Electronic appliance companies make a roaring trade by selling lots of air-conditioners.


4. While the ‘Don’t ask’ assault significantly affected Korean society, a big supermarket chain adopted the ‘security guard for parking lot’ system. In particular, E-mart actively came up with a preemptive measure to prevent crime by hiring retired police officers as ‘security guards’.

That sounds nice. We will have to find a way to protect ourselves if the government does not do anything.

5. ‘Infinite Challenge’, a South Korean entertainment program (broadcasted by MBC) ranked the top as Korea’s favorite program for 20 months in a row, followed by ‘Neighborhood lawyer Jo Deul-ho’, ‘Happy Sunday’s one night and two days’, ‘Sseol Jeon’, and ‘Sunday Night’s King of Mask Singer’.

MBC received the lowest public confidence and the TV program ‘Infinite Challenge’ saved the company. That is why people call Yoo Jae-suk as ‘God-Yoo.’



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



1. The South Korean government’s measure on China’s killer dust revealed a ‘disorder in a loose and disorganized fashion.’ The government does not come up with countermeasures by allowing the thermoelectric power plant which is considered as the main culprit of pollution and raising taxes on a small car, which used to give many benefits.

They are not the only government policies that are going backward.


2. The price of beer in South Korea is expected to go up in three years, followed by the price hike of Soju last year. With the recent price rise of crackers and frozen desserts, the price of beer and ramen increased, putting the market basket prices in an emergency.

Why don’t they improve the taste of beer first? I don’t mind paying more if the taste is better.

3. Bus drivers in South Korea are under the extreme level of stress. The authority should come up with corrective measures as these drivers indulge in reckless driving due to overburdened work, civil complaint, and assault risk.

We should thank these drivers who work even during holidays. We should be nice to them.

4. The research found that middle and high school students feel happier when they go to school an hour late. The measure did not increase hours of sleep but had a positive impact on overall factors including improving the quality of sleep, emotion and school life.

Students have one hour to spare. This measure also works for adults unless they space out.


5. Food waste from department stores and big supermarkets reached a critical level. They dispose of remaining food for the day, considering food safety. One store disposes of about 2.5 tons of food garbage a day.

Can we not use these foods for good purpose if they do not spoil easily? Many people will not go hungry once people change their mind.





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

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

1. A large number of politicians from both ruling and opposition party are expected to participate in the memorial ceremony, marking the seventh anniversary of the death of former president Roh Moo-hyun. Bongha village was crowded with visitors.

There are so many people who never stop talking about the so-called ‘hegemony of pro-Roh’ but changed the wording by saying the spirit of Roh Moo-hyun when they visit Bongha village.



2. President Park Geun-hye, who visited Uganda for the first time as a president, generated public attention. Chungwadae explained the Uganda recently showed keen interest in the Saemaeul Movement, the modernization of the rural community in South Korea and are looking to collaborate with the Korean government.

She is going abroad, again? I hope she pays more attention to the Korean economy, rather than the Ugandan economy.

3. The police who investigated the murder in the public room near Gangnam station concluded the case as a ‘don’t ask assault’ by a man with schizophrenia. The announcement came after psychological analysis by profilers who said that the case was one of those ‘don’t ask assault’ crimes committed by a person with mental problems.

Is there a hate crime when the police conclude the case like this?