- UBS AG is warning that the KOSPI may be volatile for the next three months.
- Departures and arrivals are up 12.2 percent at Inchon International Airport.
- The Korea Times is suggesting Hyundai or Kia would not survive a Toyota-like massive recall. Frankly, I'm not so sure Toyota will survive a Toyota-like massive recall.
- Land prices have recovered to pre-global crisis levels.
- The government plans to produce 30,000 public sector jobs that will be paid for by reducing unnecessary costs elsewhere.
- South Korea's tobacco and coffee imports declined slightly in 2009.
- Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will increase the number of flights to the US and China.
- North Korean refugees reach 20,000 in South Korea, but they're having trouble integrating.
- Radio Free Asia has a report warning that, thanks to the currency "reform," North Korea's economy has ground to a halt.
- Seoul is going to have twenty foreigners ride buses in Seoul to see if they're "foreigner-friendly" (i.e., if people who don't speak Korean well can figure them out). My suggestion: foreigner-only buses.
- Kim Yuna will host a Discovery Channel documentary promoting Seoul. More here.
- The image-obsessed Chosun Ilbo has a survey on Korea's "lackluster" image. More on that here.
- Classes geared toward shortening the naturalization process will be expanded.
- A "homeless" woman who served one year in prison after killing her baby in 1997 is accused of killing a second baby shortly after giving birth in a motel room.
- I don't know who Billy Elliott is and I don't know what his hit musical is about, but it's coming to South Korea.
- More elderly are seeking suicide counseling. This could be a bad thing (in that more elderly are experiencing suicidal thoughts), but it may also be a good thing (in that people who have suicidal thoughts are more likely than in the past to seek counseling).
- Global media is reporting on the Internet-addicted South Korean couple whose baby died while they spent untold hours in a PC-bang. Several K-blogs have linked to this story, including Korea Beat, ROK Drop, and Brian in Chŏllanam-do, and I'll link to their sites later today.
- Southern Taiwan has been struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake.
- A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers is trying to repeal NAFTA.
- Authorities in Florida have broken up a student visa fraud ring that included students from South Korea.
Are you blogging from the future? Korea Beat and ROK Drop didn't write about the death of the child. Yet.ReplyDelete
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Fitting way to end a message.
I was writing not from the future but from memory, and I was getting it confused with another story. Had you not written this comment, though, I would have figured it out when I tried to put all the links in.
Ahhh, the future ain't what it used to be...ReplyDelete
It never was.ReplyDelete