Samsung Leader Arrested

Samsung is Korea's biggest multinational corporation.
It has produced TVs, air conditioners, rice cookers,
and microwaves that people all around the world use.
It even produced Galaxy smartphones,
which surpassed iPhone in market share.

And today, Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent of the
multinational Samsung Group,  was arrested.
(Lee Jae-yong is the son of Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of the group).

Lee Jae-yong is charged of aiding Choi Soon-sil, a civilian
who manipulated the currently impeached president,
Park Geun-hye, to commit various types of corruption.
Lee paid kickbacks to Choi to receive government
support for the merger of two Samsung affiliates.

Financial Times, a British daily newspaper, published
a column stating that Lee Jae-yong should receive the
maximum sentence allowed by law.

Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung,
is handcuffed and in jail.
The impeachment of South Korean president
and the collapse of Korea's biggest corporation
show that the Korean politics and economy are
in a great turmoil and cesspool.


Korean fathers

Fathers in Korean society work from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
These hours are called regular work hours.
But a lot of men eat dinner at 6:00 p.m
and continue working until 10:00 p.m.
This is not an exceptional case. Many men work
until this late at least three days a week.
It's 11:00 p.m. by the time when the arrive home.
They then wash themselves and go to bed.

Even when there is little workload,
going home late has become part of
"manners" and "job performance" in Korea.
People are slacking off during work hours
because they have to return home late.
This hurts the overall work efficiency.
It also makes men spend less time with their children and
thus become negligent of household affairs.
And it's bad for their health.

This is the embarrassing reality of South Korea that 
we wish to hide from foreigners. 

The Swedish word 'Latte Papa' has grasped Korea.
The word refers to a father who spends all day
-- morning, afternoon, and evening -- with their children,
pushing baby carriages as they hold latte in one hand.

The story of fathers who spend much time
with their children like this
was recently aired on Korean public TV.


Rain and Kim Tae-hee are getting married

Korean singer and actor Rain and
actress Kim Tae-hee, who is renowned as one
of the prettiest actresses in Korea,
are getting married after dating each other for five years.

Rain is widely known for his role
as the main character in the
Hollywood film Ninja Assassin (2009). 
Naomi Harris, who is more famous these days,
played a supporting role in the film.

The marriage between these top celebrities is
widely looked up in portal engines
worldwide. Of course, Rain and
Kim Tae-hee are not so well-known outside in Asia,
but these two celebrities's status would be akin to
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Asia. 


Full Korea welcomes 2017

Full Korea was launched in
January of 2010 as a private, non-profit
website designed to globally promote South Korea.

Full Korea gained many domestic readers but
has not attracted as many foreigners readers.
Full Korea has received support from
domestic organizations or celebrities,
but I think that has rather brought adverse effects.
This is the 7th year since Full Korea was founded.

Full Korea has not had conspicuous achievements or results.
There are many things going on around in the world.
People abroad are busy reading about their domestic issues.
The things occurring in remote
South Korea is not directly relevant
to their lives, so foreigners are less likely to
look up Korean news.

Despite these circumstances, 
Full Korea contents have been accessed by  
7,300 people from 10 countries in a week. 
About 1,000 people are visiting 
Full Korea and reading Korean news.