Sunday, May 27, 2012

Daily Kor for Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekends were made for Michelob, not news. The Daily Kor is typically has to dig deep on the weekends, but today was especially bad: I burned through the New York Times, Reuters, and even the Washington Post (from which I usually get my AP stories) without a single usable news item. And that's why I'm venturing into minor cultural stuff I usually wouldn't touch, from a film opening at Cannes to the soap opera that is the Unified Progressive Party (UPP).
  1. South Korea's top steelmaker POSCO, which benefited from loans offered as part of 1965 Korea-Japan Normalization Treaty, will donate $8.5 million to victims of imperial Japan's forced labor (Donga Ilbo)
    • Kushibo: This is a notable development and I say kudos to POSCO for finally doing this, with my only other comment being "What took you so long?"
    • Responding to South Korean Supreme Court ruling on forced laborers, Japan says issue was conclusively dealt with in 1965 (Joongang Daily)
  2. 2012 Yeosu Expo, struggling with low turnout, hits 50K-in-one-day mark for first time on Friday (Yonhap, Korea Times)
    • Kushibo: I still spell it Yŏsu... Where is the e sound in Yeosu?
  3. Free-trade agreement with European Union yields record imports of North Sea oil (Bloomberg)
  4. South Korea urges China to give fair treatment to four activists detained in Liaoning Province near North Korea border (Donga Ilbo)
  5. Interim leader of opposition UPP, a minor party linked to pro-Pyongyang leftists, says expelling two lawmakers-elect and two other candidates linked to primary vote-rigging scandal is necessary for survival of South Korea's progressive movement (Yonhap, Korea Times)
    • Kushibo: I hope I don't get in trouble for my description
  6. North Korea warns that lack of rain in western coastal region may affect food output (UPI, Yonhap)
  7. ROK President Lee Myungbak says free-trade agreement with China can be concluded within two years (Yonhap)
    • Kushibo: Enjoy your jobs while you can
  8. Im Sangsoo's The Taste of Money, a "sex-infused expose of rampant corruption among the super-rich in today's South Korea," premieres at Cannes Film Festival (AFP)
    • Kushibo: Exhibit A that this is a slow news day
  9. Nationalist Korean teachers union tries to counter wild popularity of North Face gear with chige-shaped bookbag (Yonhap)


1 comment:

  1. Personally, I spell it 'Yeosu' because I'm too lazy to type letters with accent marks. Also, too be fair to the turn-out numbers, 50k on Friday was the first time on a weekday. All the weekends have been above that. I think when I went a week ago the number was about 68,000 and the place was pretty well packed, all major pavilion reservations booked and long lines for almost everything else. Couldn't imagine another 30k or so there to reach the hoped for 100k


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