Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said it indicted Lee Chang-suk, 50, without physical detention for not handing over a 40 percent stake in the ball club to a Korean-American businessman that he had promised in return for 2 billion won ($1.8 million).

The prosecutors also indicted Namkoong Jong-hwan, the general manager of the Heroes, without physical detention, for aiding Lee.

Lee approached Hong Sung-eun, chairman of the Atlanta-based real estate developer Rainier Group, to invest the money in exchange for a stake in baseball club Nexen Heroes.

However, Hong didn’t receive his share and he filed a petition against Lee with prosecutors in May. Investigators then raided the home and office of Lee, and also placed him under an overseas travel ban.

The two executives inflicted financial losses worth 1.7 billion won on the company by receiving excessive bonuses from their advertisement deals. They also lent 200 million won without collateral to a businessman for opening a hostess bar, according to the prosecutors.

The Korea Times 30 September 2016

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Choi Sung-jin at The Korea Times reports that: “50.8 percent of Korean men have cheated on their wives.”

“Among men who cheated on their wives, those with sexual problems outnumbered those who had no problems.

“Men with sexual dysfunction often do not think it their problem but that of their wife or their poor marital compatibility,” said Kang Dong-woo of the Korean Institute for Sexual and Couple’s Heath. “They think their sexual ability will improve with other women.”

The Korea Times, 1 August 2016

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The Supreme Public Prosecutors’ Office said Monday it will investigate an old video showing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee apparently paying women for sex.

The Samsung Group in a statement last week did not deny that the man in the clips is Lee but added it was a “personal matter” and expressed regret for causing “a stir.”

The Joseon Ilbo, 26 July 2016

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From a Donga Ilbo editorial

“Some talk about the rise of “alpha girls” but those alpha girls are held back by these discriminative policies at work. They seem to still have a long way to struggle.”

“Ms. Lee, who works at a public agency under a municipal government, filed a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission after being refused of application for family allowance to support her mother. Her workplace had a policy of granting allowance to first sons who do not live parents but only to first daughters in the same situation who had no siblings. Ms. Lee was supporting her family and a younger brother in school. The commission saw the case as “violation of equal rights” and advised the agency to revise the policy. They saw it as a clear discrimination against women based on conventional perception of sex, which puts all burden of supporting immediate ascendants to men’s shoulders.”

Regarding this, Ms Lee’s employer stated that most Korea government agencies favour Korean men.

Donga Ilbo 6 July 2016

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Jay expected fried chicken – what he got was an avalanche of lawyers’ letters.

Then in the midst of all this, a less-than-enthusiastic review of Jinjuu by Fay Maschler, veteran critic for the London Evening Standard, is removed from the paper’s website. As a restaurant critic of some years’ standing, I can say that’s unusual. I am told that Joo wrote a letter of complaint about the review, which was forwarded to the Evening Standard. Will Gore, deputy managing editor of the Evening Standard, said the review had been taken down while Joo’s complaint was investigated. “I’ve now gone back to her to try and find a final resolution to the debate,” Gore said.

As I understand it, the letter is basically a long complaint that Maschler doesn’t appear to understand Korean food; that, for example, Korean fried chicken is meant to have a hard batter coating like hers does. Perhaps. It seems to me that this merely proves “authentic” really is not the same as “good”.

Jay Rayner, Observer Magazine, Sunday 26 April 2015


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Kim’s label Oscar Entertainment released a statement on Friday saying that the singer was irritated before boarding a Korean Air flight.

“Kim drank some wine on the flight after he got distressed by Korean Air,” the agency said. According to Kim’s agency, Kim thinks he is always entitled to upgrade his economy class seat to a business class seat as he is a male Korean celebrity but Korean Air failed to do so by mistake.

“He does not exactly remember what mistakes he made,” it added.

The mistakes Bobby Kim made were forcibly cuddling a flight attendant, touching her arms and then loudly and aggressively verbally abusing her for about an hour.

Ock Hyun-ju, 9 January 2015, The Korea Herald

Stories of entitled minor Korean celebrities taking out their frustrations on hapless flight attendants are now less likely to be hushed up after the Nut Rage Incident of 2014. The soju defence is a common theme of these incidents. Is this the beginning of the end of the Modern Era of Yangban?

Even though Korean Air flight attendants are hosts and hostesses, an aircraft cabin is not a host or hostess bar for inebriated ajumma and ajeossi.

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Bae Dong-in, a Korean Education Ministry official, has been accused of saying, “Women with large breasts are dumb” in front of Korean Education Center New Zealand  staff, and of frequently using abusive language toward them.

A KECNZ staffer said Bae also “sexually humiliated” female employees with unwanted comments about the efficacy of small red penises or gochu.

In July of last year, the former director of the KECNZ was forced to return to Korea over accusations of misappropriating school funds. Bae replaced him the following month and has sat and stalked around the New Zealand office since then.

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 13 August 2014

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ahn sunju

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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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.


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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Open borders ‘libertarians’ don’t want to face the contradictions of their ideology.

Imagine for a moment a libertarian utopia. In this utopia there is no or very limited government. People are free to do as they wish, as long as they do not steal or use violence or coercion against others. Because of this the libertarian utopia is very prosperous. Many people would like to live there.

One day the libertarian utopia decides to open it’s borders to newcomers. They flood in. Some of them fit in, but some of them do not. For whatever reason some of them are unable to find employment. Reasons are given such as ill physical or mental health, poor skill set, racism of employers in libertarian utopia, and so on.

Some of these migrants engage in crime, overburdening the hitherto light police force. Charities are overburdened, and many migrants are refusing to pay hospital bills. Social problems increase, leading to unhappiness among the new migrants and the people that were there in the first place.

Soon enough the migrants are enough in number that they are able to gain some special privileges in some areas. They demand democracy and social justice, and they get it in the form of welfare benefits, housing, and other government services unknown in the former libertarian utopia until now.

To the regret of the original residents of libertarian utopia, it turns out that most of the migrants were in fact statists, and did not follow the culture of libertarian utopia at all.

And thus ended the libertarian utopia experiment. Those liberties, so hard won, were lost in open borders foolishness. The leadership of libertarian utopia believed that the migrants were blank slates they they could mold to their liking. They were wrong.

Open borders libertarianism is a contradiction in itself. One destroys the other.

Posted by Matt, filed under finger chopping wacky. Date: June 19, 2014, 6:11 am | 2 Comments »

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