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A couple of links

- It’s wonderful that former Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama met with the Comfort Women, but I’m really not sure how much good it’s going to do. President Park won’t meet with him, either.

- Geoffrey of Jeollamite wrote a very good post about the surprising—well, given how this disgraceful affair has transpired, perhaps not too surprising—acquittal of the former Seoul police commissioner on charges of obstructing the investigation into the NIS.

- The Economist calls Korea an Internet dinosaur (HT to Gregory). As I’ve said before, it really is frustrating to read stuff like this given the kind of IT infrastructure we have here. As I said when Korea made Reporters Without Borders’ Enemies of the Internet list:

It’s kind of like reading news that Iran is suffering oil shortages — you scratch your head wondering how that’s even possible, and yet here we are.

And the Economist was being kind—they could have added to the list a ton of antiquated website design practices that can be quite frustrating.

- Clearly, these people have never seen Westworld.

- As a guy who likes to snap photos of pretty buildings, I suppose I should be excited that PGH wants to rebuild Gyeongju. And yet, a Korean acquaintance of mine said yesterday, “We’re just no good at doing these things,” pointing to this. I suppose you could easily suspect this to be a politically motivated white elephant… it it happens at all. First up is the old Silla palace—if you want to know what that’s supposed to look like when it’s done, see here.

- African slavery in Pocheon? That there’s foreign laborer exploitation going on in a place like Pocheon should be as surprising as a French president having an affair. What’s IS interesting, though, is that the director of the museum just happens to be the Saenuri Party’s general secretary. How much he was actually involved, I don’t know.

- More photos at Ye Olde Photoblog.

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  • redwhitedude

    Koreans need to be told that it is not the speed of the internet but more on how it is used or laws that regulate its use that will make Korea a leader in this. Apparently it hasn’t dawned on them. Silly laws and regulations. Laws that make the state act like a nanny and censor just plain silly and dumb.

  • Wedge1

    “The amusement park of the future where nothing can possi-blie go wrong.”

  • wangkon936

    Why does Silla get all the money? They surrendered Korea south of the Taedong River to China.

  • bumfromkorea

    Korean companies: We want to be a global business! We should expand to other countries! Look outward!

    International customers: Uh, yeah, hi. Can I buy that product from you online?

    Korean companies: Sure! Do you have a Korean credit card?

    International customers: Um… No.

    Korean companies: No problem! Do you have a Korean bank account?

    International customers: No… Can I open an account with you to browse through your stuff at least?

    Korean companies: Absolutely! Do you have a Korean ID number?

    International customers: I don’t think so.

    Korean companies: That’s okay! You just have to fax us your passport and a copy of your bank statement!

    International customers: Okay, I’m done with you.

    Actually, that’s not realistic. Most people say ‘fuck you’ after being asked for a Korean credit card.

  • Sumo294

    You sir–summed it up damn well!

  • 코리아

    …huh, that’s the first thing that’s ever gone wrong.

  • gbnhj

    From the Robot Land article:

    Currently the capital is watching this technology metropolis being built from scratch, completely with its own internal transportation system as well as links to the neighboring major airport. It will sit in the city’s hub, the Cheognan district.

    Um, the Cheongna district is actually located in Incheon, not Seoul, It’s a place which definitely summons a lot of descriptives, but – outside of a developer’s press release – ‘the city’s hub’ ain’t one of them.

  • redwhitedude

    For that matter is this whole project worth it. It looks like it is going to be very expensive.

  • redwhitedude

    Yet this businesses don’t complain to the state about lost business opportunities.

  • bumfromkorea

    Because they won, Wangkon. :D

  • djson1

    I remember PM Murayama…that guy has some serious eyebrows.

  • wangkon936

    Disillusioned Princeton economics professor starts to lecture about Korean dramas:


    Truth is stranger than fiction…

  • http://f5waeg.blogspot.com/ F5Waeg

    saw that a while back, found it highly amusing. Guy knows his stuff!

  • pawikirogii

    how do they what a shilla palace looks like?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    they googled it, you chump

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    All Keynesians should follow suit. Time for an Austrian revival.

  • bumfromkorea

    They watched the reruns of Great Queen Seonduk.

  • wangkon936

    I am amazed that they were able to squeeze out 60 episodes from about five pages of text in the Samguk Sagi.

  • wangkon936

    Interestingly, there is a lot we know about Three Kingdom’s architecture.


    Not sure if the Koreans are consulting Dr. Steinhardt, but they should.

  • redwhitedude

    And they squeezed in a lot of made up stuff in there.