The South Korean government last week surprised the International Whaling Commission with an announcement that it would draw up plans for a research take of an unspecified number of minke whales off South Korea’s coast.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard called for an immediate diplomatic protest, which is understood to have been made in Seoul.

Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, told Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Bob Carr today, that Korea would take the advice of the International Whaling Commission on the subject, indicating that plans for scientific whaling would not proceed.

The Sydeny Morning Herald, July 12, 2012

Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Posted by Errol, filed under diplomacy. Date: July 12, 2012, 12:33 am | No Comments »

Last Thursday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office raided a hostess bar complex in Nonhyeon-dong, southern Seoul that is allegedly owned by a 52-year old man identified by his surname, Kim. The prosecution said Kim had a back-scratching relationship with police officers and civil servants.

Kim’s hostess bar complex, also known as a room salon, is allegedly the single largest in Seoul with 180 service rooms and about 400 hostesses. The prosecutors have secured the establishment’s accounts and credit card receipts as evidence.

The prosecutors said Kim got into the business in the mid-1980s in Gangnam and built a 13-story building in Nonhyeon-dong in 2010. Kim set up hostess bars on levels B1 to B3 and allegedly used hotel rooms for prostitution.

“Kim’s bar became the very best as he scouted many capable waiters and managers who have regular customers,” a source in the bar business told the JoongAng Ilbo. The prosecution said that the bar is also very popular with gyopo, and it found records of Visa and MasterCard credit cards issued overseas.

The Joongang Ilbo, July 12, 2012

룸사롱

룸사롱

Posted by Errol, filed under Crime, Economics, K-girls. Date: July 11, 2012, 7:49 pm | 1 Comment »

Joachim Won’s barrister, Winston Terracini, SC, said: ”It’s a very satisfying result and Mr Won, through his legal representatives, had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter from the very beginning but the Crown rejected it.”

Joachim Won came home from work sick in May 2010 to find his 44-year-old wife, Anna, having sex with his friend Hyung Mo Lee.

Won, then 56, went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and stabbed Mr Lee, 48, seven times, allegedly shouting ”you must die” or ”he must die”.

The Crown prosecutor, Paul Lynch, said the affair between Mrs Won and Mr Lee began after they and their spouses began playing golf together through a Korean social group called the Fantastic Association in 2008.

Mr Lee’s wife suspected the affair after finding explicit pictures on his phone and Mr Lee admitted to his wife that he was having a relationship with Mrs Won when she confronted him in late 2009.

Mr Lynch said soon after Mr Lee’s wife confronted Mrs Won in a car park at Eastwood, telling her: ”I know everything”.

By Easter 2010, Mr Won and his wife were having marriage problems and began sleeping in separate rooms.

Several weeks later, Mr Lee, who was unemployed (백수), offered to do some painting work (Lee must have been watching too many Benny Hill re-runs whilst unemployed) at the Won’s Pendle Hill home.

The defence of provocation was abolished in Tasmania in 2003 and Victoria in 2005, following a recommendation by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which found the law ”partly legitimates killings committed in anger”.

Read all about it in the Sydeny Morning Herald

Where's the wheelchair?

Green hat, we all know what that means in Chinese culture

Posted by Errol, filed under Crime, finger chopping wacky. Date: July 10, 2012, 11:19 pm | 1 Comment »

GI Korea at ROK Drop asked his readers to accept The Kushibo Challenge.

“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”

USS Crommelin at Aloha Tower

USS Crommelin at Aloha Tower

http://rokdrop.com/2012/07/09/update-on-the-osan-handcuff-scandal/

Some droll replies:

tbonetylr
11:58 pm on July 9th, 201214
“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”
:)

Bobby Ray
1:05 am on July 10th, 201216
“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”
Maybe it would knock some manners into that boy’s head. I never saw nobody run his mouth with such uninformed nonsense and then not have the common courtesy to apologize when he was found out to be all kinds of wrong.

Glans
3:07 am on July 10th, 201220
Bobby Ray, beating a guy up doesn’t help him. ChickenHead beat me up, and now I’m a retard.

Stephen
3:58 am on July 10th, 201221
kushibo would enjoy it, if Nora did the beating.

+++

Reminded me of The Nora Challenge almost exactly six years ago.

They smack him down here,
They smack him down there,
They smack him down, damn near everywhere,
That ubiquitous, faintly ridiculous, kushibo.

Posted by Errol, filed under finger chopping wacky. Date: July 10, 2012, 10:52 pm | No Comments »

Follow the link to see a video response to MBC’s xenophobic rant show. 원숭이는 한국에 다 왔다!

어디에서든지!

맞다!

Posted by Errol, filed under diplomacy. Date: July 2, 2012, 7:35 pm | No Comments »