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Odds and Ends: Purging Uncle Chang’s Mistress, Foreigner Taxi Scam and Unit 731

- In North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s purge posse has reportedly arrived in the Rason Special Economic Zone. Home to many trading companies, the city had a special relationship with Jang Song Thaek; accordingly, many arrests/purges are expected. Among those said to have been arrested is 50-something Kim Chun-hwa, the president of Rason International Travel Company. She’s rumored to have been Jang’s mistress and is said to be something of a MILF. Or whatever the proper term for a hot older woman who’s still single is.

- The Korea Times has an English piece about photographer Michael Kenna’s lawsuit against Korean Air. As I said earlier, I really don’t get it.

- Some 55% of foreign firms doing business in Korea don’t like the investment climate. Half even said they’d consider moving out of the country if the government continues to enact unfavorable regulations.

- What? International taxi drivers have been ripping off foreign passengers? These would be the international taxis international residents didn’t even want.

- Materials from the Jilin Provincial Archives are shedding light on the activities of Japan’s notorious Unit 731. Of particular note is how Japanese military police liked to label “biological warfare” as “plague prevention.”

- The Diplomat looks at Korea’s pickle in Cambodia. Being an optimist, I prefer to look at the bright side, namely, how despite whatever transpired in South Sudan, it appears Seoul and Tokyo are still able to cooperate on matters of shared interest:

Global Post also picked up on the story, offering in depth coverage and obtaining a response from Seoul in which it tried hard to justify its decision and even added: “The embassies of other countries in Cambodia, such as China and Japan whose companies are operating in the country as well, are said to have made similar requests to the Cambodian government.”

There is a great sense of irony at play and not just because these are three countries which don’t particularly like each other but are finding common ground in the quest for profit. More importantly, Hun Sen and those loyal to him have persistently carped about foreign interference in his country.

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  • flyingsword

    Term you are looking for is Cougar. MILF is a mother I would like to *#@(. So she may be a MILF if she is a mother, but definately a Cougar.

  • http://kimchilaw.com/ Kimchi Law Blog

    Suprised that only 55% of foreign firms are unhappy w/the business climate. I’ve been keeping an informal straw poll since my latest arrival and the tone seems even more robustly negative. Maybe someone is talking some of these guys off the cliff…설마…lawyers actually adding value? ;)

    Of course there’s a selection bias for the negativity given my line of work.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I believe a Cougar would be an older woman who goes after younger men. Accordingly, I don’t believe it applies here.

  • jfpower

    Global Post didn’t “pick up” the Cambodia crackdown story as the Diplomat contributor says. It broke the story in the first place.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    The term is Uhm Jung Hwa

  • brier

    Don’t the locals say ‘gold miss’? Maybe ‘hot spinster’ would work too.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Definitely, the bloom is off the rose. By the way, Kimchi Law Blog is off to a great start.

  • http://kimchilaw.com/ Kimchi Law Blog

    Thanks, 변호사님!

  • redwhitedude

    Cougar is older woman chasing younger men. MILF is just older women who is attractive regardless of whether they chase younger men or not.

  • djson1

    Either way, she can’t be given those titles until we see a pic. Has anybody seen what she looks like? Now, I’m curious.

  • Bob Bobbs

    I think this is the NORKILF speaking first in this video:


  • Wedge1

    Holy anti-climax, Batman! (If that is indeed the subject of the alleged hotness.)

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    What a craphole. I bet, though, a couple of our MH colleagues had tears in their eyes at the sight of their ideological motherland

  • Bob Bobbs

    Cougar Convention Vancouver 2013
    One woman will be crowned Miss Cougar Canada and win a free berth on the Cougar Cruise to the Bahamas, Dec 6-8, 2013! To be eligible, she must be legally single, at least 35 (proof of age required), attracted to younger men, and available to the news media for interviews.


  • SeoulGoodman

    Please don’t be Canadian (Canada, where cougars have been initiating young men for generations).