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

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


1. As memorial altars for farmer Baek Nam-ki are expected to spread nationwide, the National Policy Agency in South Korea made a preemptive move by giving guidance to local police agencies. The agency said supplies of memorial altar including tents are not part of holding a public rally even if the assemblies are permitted and also presented legal basis that establishing a memorial altar without giving the notice to hold a rally is considered as a meeting held without notifying the competent authorities beforehand.

They do not know how to respect the dead. The agency is slow at investigating the case but quick at giving such guidance.


2. The Korean government implemented the so-called “Kim Young-ran Law” to prevent corruption on the 28th. With enforcement of the law, the country’s excessive business entertainment culture is expected to improve and deeply rooted corruption and graft in Korean society are likely to disappear.

Listen up, those who say they are still confused by Kim Young-ran law. Are you still confused because you are not entertained any more?


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

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



1. South Korean reports say the ruling Saenuri Party boycotts parliamentary inspection to stop expanding the ‘Choi Soon-sil Gate.’ Another reason for the boycott is to encourage people to hate politics as the ruling party turns politicophobia to their advantage.

The ruling party turns politicophobia to its advantage. I feel like I should say something. You disgusting human beings!


2. While the Saenuri Party leader Lee Jung-hyun participated in fasting, calling for the resignation of Chung Sye-kyun, the chairman of the National Assembly,  Chu Seon-hee, a secretary general of the Korea Parent Federation, joined Lee in the fasting. Chu says his fasting is expected to continue indefinitely, saying that he continues to fast as much as he can in front of the National Assembly.

I hope he holds to the last as the Federation of the Korean Industries may establish a foundation instead of giving pocket money.


3. There was internal party strife in Saenuri party. Kim Young-woo, the chairman of the National Defense Committee and the lawmaker of ruling party says he would withdraw boycott of parliamentary inspection, saying that he would protect parliamentary democracy. However, the Saenuri Party leadership blocked him, virtually placing Kim in confinement.

Kim said parliamentary democracy is dead. Is democracy going to resurrect if he withdraws boycott?

4. Choo Mi-ae, the leader of Minjoo Party of Korea, directly criticized the Saenuri Party leader Lee Jung-hyun, saying that Lee participated in the fasting to flatter President Park.  Choo also added that Lee did not fast because of Chung Sye-kyun, the chairman of the National Assembly. Lee would stop fasting when the president complimented him, saying, “Excellent job”.

Oh, please! I do not think Lee will finish, even if the president says “Oh, my God. You are a good boy. Do you know how pretty you are?” (Anway, Lee cannot finish now)


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

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



1. Lee Jung-hyun, the leader of ruling Saenuri Party, promised business leaders he would prevent the opposition parties’ push to increase the corporate tax. Lee said, “I know nothing about the economy and the ruling party clearly and sternly opposes the corporate tax.”

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Knowing nothing about the economy is not something Lee should brag.

2. Kim Bok-dong, the victim of sexual slavery of Japanese army, attended the parliamentary inspection of Trade and Unification Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kim criticized the Korea-Japan agreement of comfort women and added that the Korean government does not interfere with the comfort women issue.

Kim said, “Hands off.” If you do not listen to her, she will spank you.



3. The National Amnesty International made comments on Korean Farmer Baek Nam-ki who died on the 25th after being knocked by police water cannon on the massive demonstration on November 14, 2015. The organization argued that a police official who allowed excessive force during the assembly must be indicted.

How come no one apologizes when a person dies? Well, what do you expect from this government?

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

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

1. South Korean President Park Geun-hye says she will not accept the proposition to dismiss Kim Jae-su, the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. The president’s first rejection of the proposal to dismiss a minister since the country was founded is likely to delay the agenda of National Assembly including the inspection of the administration.

Her father accepted the motion even during Yushin Constitution. Anyway, great!

2. Although Baek Nam-ki, Korean Farmer, who was critically injured by police water cannon, died, the investigation on a person in charge is still ongoing ten months after the incident. South Korean prosecutions summoned the individuals involved with the case including the fourth director but did not summon two former Chiefs of National Police Agency.

They are very busy to look after their family with corruption that they do not have time for investigation. Whew.

3. The end of scorching heat does not mean the end of worrying about electricity bill as Korean households face a bombshell of a bill as long as the government maintains the current progressive billing system. Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) says Korean households spend more electricity in winter than they do in summer after the company analyzed the data on power usage.

Korean households are likely to face a bombshell of a bill if people overuse electric mattress pads and heaters. What are these people doing who said who would reform the cumulative billing system?

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

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


1. The ‘Korea House’ in central Seoul, which was established to promote Korea’s traditional culture is under criticism as the center is expected to include a French cooking school and restaurants later. The Mir Foundation led this business plan, and the foundation was under the allegation of earning billions of Korean won by involving Cheong Wha Dae.

The organization completes its work with lightning speed as President Park said ‘Creative Fusion Cuisine of Korean and French Cooking’.  Great!


2. South Korea’s two opposition parties, Minjoo and Justice party,  submitted a motion to dismiss Kim Jae-su, the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.In the beginning, all three opposition parties were expected to submit the motion, but People’s party decided not to participate in after the final discussion.

After the general election, Korea made opposition parties a majority. But now what? They knew this would happen.


3. Lee Cheol-woo, Saenuri Party’s lawmaker, says he will move to the area where THAAD is deployed.  The defense minister, Han Min-ku, enthusiastically agrees with the ruling party lawmaker, saying he is also willing to move to the deployed location.

THAAD deployment is not comedy chat of Jang So-pal and Go Chun-ja. Why don’t both lawmakers live in Gim-cheon and Seongju after moving residents in both regions to other areas?


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

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



1. President Park Geun-hye visited South Korea’s southeastern city of Gyeongju and Wolsong nuclear plant near the city, saying that the town should be designated as a special disaster area. The president’s visit to Gyeongju was to respond to mounting criticism of the government’s incompetence and slow response, following two powerful earthquakes that struck the region on the 12th.

She made a long journey to Gyeongju. It would have been better if she had visited Seongju.


2. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-hwan strongly argues that finding the truth about Sewol Ferry Disaster and activities of the Sewol Special Investigation Committee are over. Hwang acknowledges the Supreme Court’s decision, stating what caused the ferry to sink is still unknown but argues that the fact-finding process about Sewol Ferry be over.

The prime minister acknowledges but does not understand. He is one of the people above the Constitution.


3. More than 100,000, the average of 250 pets a day, are abandoned every year. The total of abandoned pets are 460,000 (300,000 dogs and 150,000 cats) in the last five years, and the Korean government spends about 10 billion Korean won of annual social costs for these abandoned animals.

I feel pity for these pets, but the government spends much money on this. People should not raise pets for fun.



4. More than 40% of college professors in Korea who have received disciplinary penalties of sexual assaults are still working at universities. According to data from January 2013 to June 2016, twenty professors, about 43% of 47 professors in 38 Korea’s universities who received disciplinary punishments of a sexual offense, are still teaching at universities.

Do you want your children to learn from these professors? This is f-word bullshit.


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

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


1. As a magnitude of 4.5 earthquake struck Gyeongju in Gyeongbuk Province at 8:33 pm, the web page of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security has jammed again. Despite criticism against the ministry’s belated measure, the ministry again sent emergency disaster texts at 8:45 pm, 12 minutes late after the seismic activity took place.

Just close down the web page if you don’t want to be criticized.

2. U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon says that South Korean President Park Geun-hye does a good job at handling North Korea’s nuclear issues. In addition, Chung Jin-suk, the leader of Saenuri Party, says that the president excels at communication with four leaders in neighboring nations and shows good performance in diplomacy.

I am sure President Park will automatically say, “It is beautiful Ban.”


3. South Korea imported more than 407 tons of Fukushima products since Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011. There is rising criticism over South Korean government as the authority allowed a considerate amount of tainted food products from Japan whereas other neighboring countries including China and Taiwan banned the imported food from Japan.

The government plans to strengthen our immunity with radioactivity to prevent North Korea’s nuclear problems. That is smart.