Random links & thoughts

– The Chinese have moved their aircraft carrier to Qingdao, which is being read over here as aimed at strengthening China’s military clout around the Korean Peninsula as tensions rise after North Korea’s nuclear test.

– A Korean doctor at Emory University thinks he’s found the reason for the growing number of head and neck cancers in Korea—too many blowjobs:

“We believe that oral sex is the cause of the rapid increase in head and neck cancer over the past 10 years. It is vital that anyone with symptoms receive vaccines against the human papillomavirus (HPV).”

Such was the statement from Prof. Shin Dong-moon of Emory University who is a specialist in head and neck cancer.
Prof. Shin, 62, said some 34 percent of women aged between 18 and 79 are infected with HPV, most of which is associated with a more open sex culture in the country. The rate of infection is as high as 50 percent for those aged between 18 and 29.

– Macquarie Korea is saying no to Seoul’s request that it lower the guaranteed profit margin for Seoul Subway Line No. 9

– Park Geun-hye’s ministers are apparently refusing to express their opinions on Park Chung-hee’s 1961 coup during their confirmation hearings.

– The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism is playing a dangerous game here:

The two Buddhist statues stolen from Japanese temples and found in South Korea may not be returned to Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture. The Jogye Order, the biggest Buddhist sect in South Korea, is calling on the government to investigate first how the statue came into Japan’s possession in the first place.

The “Kanzeon Bosatsu Zazo” which belongs to the Kannonji Temple was designated a cultural property by the Nagasaki Prefectural Government. A document dated 1330 (Goryeo Dynasty) was discovered inside the statue and included the name of a temple in Korea. The other statue is called “Dozo Nyorai Ryuzo”and was stolen from the Kaijin Shrine also in Tsushima. The statues were eventually recovered and last January 29, the South Korean police said they were detaining a member of a theft ring. The Jogye Order believe that the statue is of Korean origin and should be thoroughly investigated first before deciding to return it or not to Tsushima.

The Japanese government will now demand that the statues be returned, but honestly, it should never have reached this point. We might not know how they got to Japan during the Middle Ages, but we clearly know how they returned to Korea—they were stolen. Asking Japan to return plundered cultural properties is one thing. Rewarding theft is quite another.

– Speaking of Japan, if it weren’t for the Chosun Sports, I would never have known Saki Takaoka had the best rack in Japanese show business. Or so they said. And they say reading the sports dailies is a waste of time.

– The Chosun Ilbo’s Lee Seong-min—whom I generally like—has penned a column on the announced rebuilding of Gansong Museum of Art, one of Seoul’s hidden gems. In the JoongAng’s piece about the project, they don’t specify what will happen to the old building, and when I called the museum up today, they didn’t seem to know, either. I happened to agree that the museum’s collection of Korean art—one of the best in the country—deserves a better space, but at the same time, the old building in which they are now kept is itself a work of art. Built in 1938, it’s a lovely piece of early 20th century modernism and one of the few remaining works of Park Gil-ryong, one of the fathers of Korean modern architecture. It would be a true shame if the museum couldn’t figure a way to restore the old building and work it into a newer space better suited to its needs.

– If you get a chance, do read Jack Large’s open letter to Park Geun-hye at his blog. Thanks.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Oh, come on people! Am I the only developmentally arrested juvenile here? This thread has been sitting here for hours with nary a comment.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    (OK, I’ll go first)

    My wife’s safe.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    And to answer my own rhetorical question about whether I’m the only developmentally arrested juvenile here. I can answer unequivocally ‘no’. I’ve read your crap. You guys are such developmentally arrested juveniles that you hope to grow up to be me in a few years.

    But with a better wife.

  • stereo

    Article 200 of Korean civil code says that the possessor of a thing is presumed to have the title of it. The thieves are proven to have stolen the statues. So, the rightful possessor of the statues is the Japanese temple in Tsushima, and the temple is presumed to have the title of them, unless otherwise proven. The burden of proof is on Korean side. If Korea cannot prove that the statues were stolen by Japanese back in 14th century, they have to return them to Japan.

  • hardyandtiny

    Prof. Shin Dong-moon is correct about oral sex and HPV.

  • keyinjpop

    About the blowjob bit, is the throat VD rise only in Korea? Maybe it’s those live squid eatings that are causing it.

  • Bob Bobbs
  • IEatYourSandwich

    How about South Korea return those two statues to japan when japan returns all the Korean artifacts plundered by the imp. japs back during the occupation?

    Fair deal and everyones happy.

  • Sigmund

    “…most of which is associated with a more open sex
    culture in the country.”

    Right, and syphilis wasn’t a widespread problem in chaste old Joseon.

  • que337

    It is hard to blame a nation. Syphilis is often named after enemy nations: the French disease, the Italian disease, the Christian disease, the Polish disease, the Portuguese disease, the Castile disease, the Spanish disease, the Chinese diesase, the New World disease, etc.:


  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Yeah, any time something big and significant comes along, everybody wants credit . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Sigmund

    Whose talking about blaming a nation? It’s a fact that syphilis was a widespread problem in Korea. Still is in North Korea, apparently.

  • Sigmund

    Who’s, of course.

  • que337

    Indeed, the disease followed the fame:


  • stereo

    If you recall, there were series of government talks between Korea and Japan back in 1965, in which return of Korean cultural artifacts was discussed and settled. Now, you cannot just arbitrarily claim artifacts in Japan without proving Japan illegally took them. This is rule of law.

    But I know what Koreans are going to do, who have no respect for rule of law. They are going to put “the statues are Korean” signs everywhere, ask US local governments to make resolutions to demand Japan to return Korean artifacts, claim “Japan has not returned any Korean artifacts”, and put “Japan should return artifacts” monuments in front of Japanese embassies.

    Sankei news reports, the temple in Tsushima claims the statues came to the temple fleeing from prosecution against Buddhism in Korea in the early days of Li Cheoson. It is Koreans who should prove they are stolen.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Why didn’t you give some hint about the subject matter?

    In this age of information overload, web surfers are just ignoring non-contextual links to “amazing” and “must read”. Does it really take that much more for one to post the articles title along with the link?

    Rather than snag the reader who would have clicked through if he knew the subject matter, you lost everyone.

  • IEatYourSandwich

    Whatever you say, japanese mouth piece.

    Japan is a country of lie and rape.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Apparently you ate someone’s shit sandwich.

  • martypants

    Too much oral sex? Never have I heard so much ignorant BS and encountered less logic in discerning cause and effect than in Korea. My flabber is gasted that Prof. Shin ever graduated university with deduction skills such as his. Next they’ll be telling us that leaving a fan on in a closed room is deadly

  • ChuckRamone

    It’s not that crazy a line of thinking. Human papilloma virus has been connected to cervical cancer.

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Maybe I don’t understand about oral sex, but can flirting really cause cancer?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • silver surfer

    “Head” cancer.

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