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In an interview with Naver sports columnist Lee Young-mi, Ahn  Sun-ju described playing in Japan as a liberating experience. She said that when she competed in Korea, her ability as a golfer was never enough.

“Some (potential Korean) sponsors even demanded I get a plastic surgery and for other favors,” she said. “Companies did not consider me as a golf athlete, only that I was a woman. It mattered most to them was whether my appearance was marketable. I was deeply hurt by that.”

Ahn Sun-ju, 26, has won 16 tournaments, including three this year, and banked 500 million yen (about $5 million) prize money since joining the JLPGA in 2010.

While Ahn definitely has the talent to extend her dominance to her home country, do not expect her to visit Korea anytime soon due to the unreasonable demands of Korean businessmen.

Ahn her made pro debut with the KLPGA in 2006 and won six tournaments before jumping to the JPLGA. But despite her stellar play, she struggled to find a corporate sponsor in Korea.

“As you can see, I do not have a pretty face, I am not thin, I am not what you would call sexy,” Ahn said. “But does that mean I shouldn’t be playing golf?

“Japanese companies, on the other hand, focused on my ability as a golfer. They are more concerned about my performance and how I treat my fans. I am being sponsored by six Japanese companies, including a clothing brand.”

Kim Tong-hyung, The Korea Times, 10 July 2014

 

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According to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, Thursday, a 37-year-old woman, surnamed Lee, sued former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-eui on Tuesday, insisting that she was raped by Kim at a villa owned by businessman Yun Jung-cheon in Gangwon Province and that Kim recorded the incident.

She also accused Yun Jung-cheon, who was placed behind bars last year for fraud, breach of trust and other illicit acts, of taking part in the videotaping of Kim raping her.

The controversial video footage that reportedly showed Kim having sex with a woman surfaced last year, attracting keen public attention. The footage led the prosecution to begin a probe. Kim faced allegations that he had sex with a women hired by Yun and used illegal drugs in parties held at the businessman’s vacation home in Gangwon Province between 2006 and 2008. However, Kim was cleared of charges in November.

The prosecution said it tracked Kim’s whereabouts at the time of the incident through mobile phone positioning and found he was elsewhere. Investigators closed the case, citing a lack of evidence. It also said the statements of witnesses were inconsistent. At the time, Lee said the woman appearing in the footage was not her.

However, Lee changed her story and now says that it was her having sex with Kim. She also accused Yun of forcing her to have sex with five businessmen.

In a recent interview with a local daily, Lee said she decided to come clean as it was hard for her to live a normal life without revealing the truth. ”I decided to ask the prosecution to reopen the case because I wanted people to know the truth. I don’t want to hide anymore. I haven’t committed any crime and will not be held down like a slave,” Lee said.

The prosecution said investigators will go over Lee’s petition to check whether there is something uncovered by the previous investigation.

Lee Hyo-shik, The Korea Times, 10 July 2014

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Ada Liu (34) met Korean singer Hwang Chansung (24) when they were participants on the Chinese dating entertainment show “If You Love.”

She told the press, “I’m thankful that the program introduced me to someone who shines so much and makes my heart throb.”

“My boyfriend has met my parents, and my parents liked him.”

Chan-sung’s seniors at agency JYP Entertainment (whose owner is a nephew-in-law of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byeung-eun) were quick to deny Hwang’s love for Liu with the implication that the relationship was only for publicity purposes for the Chinese Noona Market.

Chung Joo-won, The Korea Herald, 7 July 2014

Update

Park Jin-young has engaged in strenuous activity to deny the jilted noona story of Ada Liu. Park Jin-young’s time and energy would be better spent helping Korean law enforcement authorities catch his fugitive uncle-in-law, Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the ferry that sank with the loss of more than 300 lives, many of them children, on 16 April 2014.

Koh Dong-wan. The Korea Times, 8 July 2014 

Park Jin-young’s agency in further neglect of aiding in the capture of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, have expended enormous amounts of time and energy in promoting Chansung’s 2PM stablemate and fellow noona idol Nichkhun.

“Nichkhun has established himself as an actor through ‘One and a Half Summer,’ and became a new rising star in China. Please root (sic) for his success,” his agency JYP Entertainment is quoted as saying.

 Kim Min-jin, The Korea Herald, 1o July 2014

In 2013, 1 in 6 marriages in Korea were Noona Marriages and TV dramas and songs that highlight this phenomenon have become popular marketing techniques for selling young Korean male entertainers into Chinese and Japanese Noona markets.

All the members of 2PM, except Minjun, have assiduously courted the Noona Market as can be seen from this transcript of an interview with Ginger Magazine.

Wooyoung: Age wise, it would be about 5 years older than me.

Taecyeon: It’s the same for me. I am okay with someone 10 years older.

Chansung: .I don’t care about age.

Junho: I don’t make a fuss over age too.

Nichkhun:  I love older women in general.

Minjun: Her outer appearance should be cute with a lovely smile. If on the inside, she has good judgement and is able to hold her own opinion then that’s perfect!

Following the failure of the City of Busan to persuade foreign theme park owners, such as Disney and Universal Studios, to invest in the designated tourism precinct in the east of Busan, Korean entertainment agencies are considering forming a consortium to construct Noona World, to attract Chinese and Japanese noonas to provide employment for young Korean men, thousands of whom have left Busan over the last decade to seek similar work in Seoul.  The consortium is also considering the formation of a super group to be called Noona Boyz.

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The Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, under presiding judge Lee Sang-hoon, on 6 July 2014 upheld  lower court verdicts against a 57 year old monk’s six-year prison sentence for rape and murder.

The monk from the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, was convicted for raping and inflicting fatal injuries with a wooden instrument on a woman, 20.

The monk was also sentenced for raping and beating another woman to “exorcise all the ghosts from her body”.

After assaulting the women, the monk bound their hands and legs and kept them in solitary confinement.

The monk claimed the sex was consensual, a claim that the court rejected.

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 6 July 2014

 

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According to data compiled by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the number of residents from outside the country came to 1.57 million as of Jan. 1, up 8.6 percent from a year ago and taking up 3.1 percent of the nation’s population of 51 million.

It marks the eighth consecutive year that the figure has risen on-year. The government started compiling related data in 2006.

Foreign residents refer to people staying in South Korea for longer than 90 days, naturalized South Korean citizens, marriage migrants and their children.

The ministry attributed this year’s growth to eased requirements for an Overseas Korean (F-4) visa and an increase in applications for permanent residency among ethnic Koreans with non-South Korean citizenship.

Of the foreign residents, nearly 539,000, or 34.4 percent of the total, are workers from abroad with no South Korean nationality.

Korea Herald 2 July 2014

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42-year-old Park Jin-young married in October 2013 the second daughter of Yoo Byung-ho, the recently arrested younger brother of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun.

As Park’s 62-year-old father-in-law is a key leader of the Salvation Sect cult, the prosecution is set to widen the scope of its probe into JYP Entertainment as part of its effort to verify a variety of charges against  73-year-old Yoo Byung-eun.

While investigators are looking into JYP’s bank accounts in coordination with the Financial Supervisory Service, some market insiders raised the possibility that the prosecution will soon summon Park.

Park has recently argued that he and his parents are not devotees of the Salvation Sect cult and he was paid nothing from the religious group.

JYP Entertainment agency also claimed that it has made no business partnership or cross-funding transactions with sister firms of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the tragic Sewol.

Meanwhile, foreign investors and corporate investors have continued to dump their stake in JYP Entertainment on the secondary KOSDAQ over the past few weeks.

While its closing price was 6,080 won ($5.96) per share on April 15, a day before the ferry tragedy, it has ranged between 4,200 won and 5,500 won won since. Foreigners’ shareholding ratio in the company has dropped to 0.42 percent, from 1.0 percent in early May.

By Kim Yon-se Korea Herald Canada Day 2014

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New South Wales Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said firefighters were shocked to find young Japanese and Korean men cohabiting at a Sydney industrial site when they were called to the large inner-city blaze in the early hours of the morning.

The group were reportedly in their late teens and early 20s and from Japan and South Korea, although a New South Wales police spokeswoman could not confirm their identities.

“When (firefighters) arrived they thought they had a normal industrial fire, but within a couple of minutes it became a rescue operation,” Mullins told reporters.

“They were living in squalor. There were beds in old minibuses, a shipping container and an old caravan with a massive fire moving towards them.

“The firefighters had to shield the people from the heat to get them to safety. They were too frightened to move. There were 20-metre flames.”

AFP July 2, 2014

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Nam Hyun-woo reports in the Korea Times on 30 June 2014

The Korean football team received a shower of wrapped yeot candies from a fan who was disappointed by the lackluster effort of such well paid icons of Korea during their less than sparkling performances in Brazil upon its return to Incheon International Airport, Monday morning. The fan also shouted ‘엿이나 먹어라’. i.e. “Eat candy.” Apparently pumpkin flavoured.

Video of the incident is supplied by the BBC.

Forward Son Heung-min, one of the better players in Korea’s World Cup campaign, made a pensive observation, saying, “Do we have to eat this?” He didn’t eat any.

However, he couldn’t miss a big banner in the terminal reading “Korea’s football is dead.” Footage of the same man who threw the candy can be seen holding the banner at the 1 minute and 25 seconds mark on MBC’s website.

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Kwon Sang-soo in the Joongang Daily also covered the story and interviewed some of the disappointed fans.

“We threw the candy because they [the national team] screwed us,” said Cho Ho-yeon, who introduced himself as a member of the online group “We lost because of you.”

“We need to totally reform Korean football from the beginning. They run the team like the mafia. The coach favored the particular players that he likes and some of the players were selected because they went to the same university as the coach. I can’t see a difference between the coach and members of the ‘gwanfia,’” he said. Gwanfia is a term combining the Korean word for government official and mafia.

Cho said the online group has 500 members and that about 10 people went to the airport to express their disgust with the team’s performance.

In Korean, the phrase “eat yeot” is an offensive slur equivalent to “screw you,” which originated in the 1960s when students protested against the Education Ministry over a question on their school exam regarding how the taffy is made.

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In the Culture Section of the Joongang Ilbo on 24 June 2014, Sung So-young reports on the culture of older Korean men.

Chief inspector Kim Man-wuk, who works for the special victims unit at the North Chungcheong Provincial Police Agency, often has to take on sexual abuse cases involving vulnerable people such as minors or the mentally disabled.

But he recently got away from his daily routine to do something else: lecture elderly men in their 60s and 70s on what constitutes a sex crime.

Kim gave the talks at 14 different senior community centers within the province between March and May.

“Working for this special victims unit, I’ve realized many old men sexually harass little girls or women with intellectual disabilities in their neighborhoods,” said Kim.

The chief inspector arranged for the lectures to be conducted in plain language in the hopes of “preventing some sexual crimes by older people.”

“I asked them not to touch the breasts or private parts of girls even if they think the girls are cute and pretty,” said Kim.

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Korea Joongang Daily

June 25 2014

The Suwon District Court’s Ansan branch yesterday charged actress Sung Hyun-ah with prostitution and fined her 2 million won ($1,963).

In December, the 38-year-old actress was indicted for receiving money from a businessman in exchange for having sexual relations with him. The prosecutors stated that in 2010 the then 34 year old Sung met up with a man three times and received 50 million won (~ USD 50 000) in return. Sung countersued in January, according to press reports, and the first trial was held in February.

The actress’s lawyer noted “there is nothing to say about the case,” and added that they will expose the truth on the final judgment day, Aug. 8.

Having debuted in 1994 as a runner-up for Miss Korea, Sung has since pursued an acting career and starred in some successful drama series.

But the celebrity’s path as an entertainer hasn’t been rosy; when she was 25 years old in 2001, she was sentenced to eight months in prison for drug use.

By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer

In 2012 the Joseon Ilbo reported that: “Almost 60 percent of (the 111 actresses who responded to a survey by the Korean Women’s Development Institute) said they believed rejecting sexual advances would disadvantage their careers, and 48.4 percent said they had in fact lost out on appearances on shows because they refused.”

The prostitution allegedly occurred 3 times 4 years ago. Was there any forensic evidence still extant? Did the Korean businessman’s bank accounts show a deposit in Ms Sung’s accounts? Or did the court rely solely on the testimony of an admitted prostitution customer? How did the police find out? Was the Korean businessman boasting in a room salon and one of his seonbae hunted down Ms Sung was peremptorily rejected and in a fit of hwabyeong whinged to the Korea National Police?

Update

The Korea Times reported on 24 June 2014 that: “Prosecutors are seeking a 3 million won fine for the businessman, 49, identified only as Chae, and an 18-month jail term for another man, Kang, 40, who allegedly set up the actress with Chae.”

Was the set up arranged in a golf club?

The Korea Times also provided a photo.

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