PM Nomination

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[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has nominated former editor in chief of the Korean newspaper the Joongang Daily Moon Chang-keuk for prime minister. Meanwhile, ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-ki has been tapped as the new director of the National Intelligence Service.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye has nominated a former journalist, ex-chief editor of Joongang Ilbo daily Moon Chang-keuk as the new Prime Minister. Born in Cheongju of North Chungcheong Province, Moon has more than 30 years of career as a journalist. He served as chief politics editor and editor in chief of Joongang Ilbo. He's the first ever former correspondent nominated as prime minister. His name hasn't been mentioned among potential candidates. The nominee vowed to help the president and build a basic framework for a safe and content nation.

[Soundbite] MOON CHANG-KEUK (Prime Minister Nominee): "I’ll dedicate my remaining life with the little ability that I have to work toward rectifying the basic framework of our country."

The presidential office said Moon is an upright man of his own belief and over the years, he's worked to correct social ills and evils.

[Soundbite] MIN KYUNG-WOOK (Spokesman, Cheong Wa Dae): "We believe Moon will carry out state tasks including public sector reform and normalizing abnormalities in society based on his exceptional insight and drive."

Meanwhile, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-ki is named as the new chief of the state intelligence agency. A former diplomat, he served as one of the deputy directors of the state intelligence agency in the late 1990s. As a key confidant of President Park, Lee also helped her presidential campaign since 2007. The presidential office says Lee is the right person to carry out reform of the NIS and fulfill the agency's role amid strained inter-Korean relations.

2. Parties Split

[Anchor Lead]

Rival parties are split on the nomination of Moon Chang-keuk as prime minister, even though it’s believed that the administration went with him hoping he’d be likely to pass confirmation hearings. Expect a tough road ahead for his confirmation.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye's nomination of Moon Chang-keuk as the new prime minister is believed to have considered foremost the probability of the nominee passing the confirmation process. Pundits point out that as a former journalist, Moon would present fewer disputes in ethical and wealth-related issues, in the president's judgement.

[Soundbite] MOON CHANG-KEUK (Prime Minister Nominee): "I’ll wait with a humble heart until parliamentary procedures are completed."

Steering clear of the customary former bureaucrats and judicial officials to lead the cabinet can send out a fresh message, which is cited as an advantage Moon presents. The absence of conflicts of interest with the society of public officials is also considered a plus. The fact that his hometown is in Chungcheong province must have also been considered as the ruling party suffered a sore defeat in this region in the local elections last week. But Moon's complete lack of administrative experience is expected to be disputed in the confirmation process as to whether he's the right man to lead governance reform. Some assert that his conservative stance as a journalist is far removed from the traits of a prime minister who must help unify the public. The rival parties are split in their assessments. The ruling Saenuri Party says he's the right person for the grave task of major nation-wide reform. But the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy vows to present a thorough verification process, saying the nomination flies in the face of public demand.

3. Sewol Trial

[Anchor Lead]

The 15 crew members of the doomed Sewol ferry entered the first day of court proceedings at the Gwangju District Court yesterday. They are facing charges of murder and negligence of duty.

[Pkg]

Fifteen crew members of the Sewol ferry including Captain Lee Joon-seok appeared in court for the first time since their arrest. They were tried in front of the bereaved families of the perished passengers.

[Soundbite] IM JEONG-YEOP (Head Judge, Gwangju District Court): "We'll begin the trial shortly."

Four of the crew, including the captain, are being charged with homicide among other charges, while the remaining eleven are accused of negligence of duty. Prosecutors say there's every reason to charge the four crew members including the captain with homicide through willful negligence because they escaped from the sinking ferry without taking any measures to rescue the passengers regarding there was nothing they could do to save them. The defendants denied most the charges. Captain Lee's attorney pointed out the facts that the crew made an announcement ordering passengers to escape, and that the prosecutors' claim that the crew committed homicide through willful negligence by escaping from the ship considering it's okay for the passengers to die was unacceptable. The court will have to find out whether or not Captain Lee and his crew acted appropriately to rescue passengers and whether their escape was indeed an act of willful negligence.

[Soundbite] KIM JEONG-HUI (Attorney): "The salient point is find out if the crew members didn't fulfill their duties to save passengers and knew that the passengers could die."

All eyes are now on the outcome of the trial. The court is expected to issue its first verdict as early as in September after deliberating the case in-depth at least once a week.

4. Venting Anger

[Anchor Lead]

The bereaved families of the Sewol disaster victims vented their anger with the ferry crew and its captain at the first day of trial proceedings. The scene was heartbreaking to watch for everyone involved.

[Pkg]

Some 100 members of the Sewol ferry victims' bereaved families arrived in Gwangju after a four-hour ride from Ansan. Looking devastated, they disembarked from the buses and headed to the court. Scuffles broke out when some of the family members attempted to enter the court building carrying signs criticizing the ferry crew but were blocked by the court staff. The trial began amid a tense atmosphere. All of the 178 seats in the main courtroom and in the complementary room where the trial was broadcast on screen were filled.

[Soundbite] IM JEONG-YEOP (Head Judge, Gwangju District Court): "We cannot proceed with the trial if you shout or swear out loud in the courtroom."

Citizens who failed to obtain tickets to the trial waited for the results outside the court building.

[Soundbite] KIM IN-YEOP (Gwangju Citizen): "I'm just an ordinary person but I'm watching the trial closely so that the victims' families are not forgotten."

The defendants denied most of the accusations, evoking outrage from the bereaved families.

[Soundbite] KIM BYEONG-GWON (Representative, Sewol Ferry Victims’ Families): "It's dumbfounding that they dodged their duties and escaped without telling the children what to do."

The committee representing the families of dead, missing and surviving ferry passengers is expected to participate in all aspects of the trial.

5. LG Tax Probe

[Anchor Lead]

LG Group subsidiaries LG Chem and LG Hausys are under a special tax probe. Sources say the National Tax Service found evidence that the two corporations evaded taxes through insider trading.

[Pkg]

The National Tax Service has launched a special tax probe into LG Chem and LG Hausys. The Seoul Regional Tax Office yesterday morning dispatched some 40 officials from its 4th bureau to the two companies' headquarters in Seoul and seized computer hard disks and accounting ledgers. Sources say the tax authorities launched the probe after finding evidence that the two companies evaded taxes through insider trading. They're also investigating whether or not the companies dodged their corporation tax when LG Hausys was spun off from LG Chem in 2009. LG Chem bought 78 million dollars worth of real estate from LG Hausys in 2011, and in January this year acquired production facilities and inventory assets from LG Hausys for 7.8 million dollars. LG Chem has denied the allegation of tax evasion and said the ongoing probe is just a regular tax investigation that's being carried out four years after the last tax audit. An interested person from LG Hausys also said that no specific reason had been found for the current probe and that it's just a consecutive tax audit since the company's spin-off. However, the allegation of tax evasions sounds more persuasive because the 4th bureau of the Seoul Regional Tax Office usually handles tax evasions committed by conglomerates.

6. Korean Tornado

[Anchor Lead]

A rare tornado-like whirlwind was reported in a Seoul suburb Tuesday evening, similar to the tornados seen in the heartland of the United States. More than 50 greenhouses were in the area damaged by the powerful winds.

[Pkg]

Greenhouse vinyl coverings are torn up and fly about in the air. The vinyl pieces whirl around in circles and in no time seem cover the sky. On the ground, sparks flare up, apparently caused by short circuits. These are the devastating results of strong whirlwinds reported on the border between Goyang and Paju cities in Gyeonggi Province at around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

[Soundbite] LEE GYEONG-CHEOL (Resident): "They have tornadoes overseas right? It was just like that. The winds blew toward the rose farms and flattened that area."

Fifty-seven greenhouses for rose cultivation helplessly went down due to the winds. A cultivator parked on the road has been thrust into the field below, and a man in his 80s passing by the area suffered a head injury. The winds also swept away electrical wires and locals were forced to spend the night in darkness.

[Soundbite] LEE GYEONG-HUI (Forecaster, Korea Meteorological Administration): "Wind differences between lower and upper layers are believed to have intensified atmospheric instability to result in tornado-like whirlwinds."

Gusty winds, rain, thunder and lightning were reported throughout the night in Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and some parts of Jeolla province, resulting from a temperature gap between the lower and upper atmospheric layers.

7. KBS President Dismissed

[Anchor Lead]

KBS President Gil Hwan-young has been dismissed. President Park Geun-hye signed off yesterday on the KBS Board of Directors' recommendation to let Gil go.

[Pkg]

The Board had voted last week for a motion to remove him from his post. Gil was held responsible for failing to carry out his responsibility as president, improper news coverage of national disasters and corporate mismanagement.

8. Laid to Rest

[Anchor Lead]

A funeral service for Bae Chun-hee, who was forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military when she was only a teenager, was held at the group home for former comfort women where she lived. Now that she is gone, the number of surviving registered sex slavery victims has dwindled to 54.

[Pkg]

The late Bae Chun-hui loved to sing and always had a smile on her face. Her funeral was held in attendance of her close friends, who are also Japan's sex slavery victims.

[Soundbite] YU HUI-NAM (Sexual Slavery Victim): "It's really sad as a human being that she didn't fulfill her wish before she died."

The late Bae was forced to serve as a sex slave to the Japanese troops at age 19. She was finally able to return home only in the 1980s. She lived together with other women who survived the same painful experience and spent the rest of her life trying to resolve the comfort women issue.

[Soundbite] YI OK-SEON (Sexual Slavery Victim): "Will they apologize to us and how much would they compensate? This much? That much? They are just waiting for all of us to die out."

With Bae's passing, only 54 remain living out of 237 registered sexual slavery victims. But the Japanese government has yet to offer a sincere apology to them.

[Soundbite] Ven. WON HAENG (Director, House of Sharing): "These old ladies only wish for the restoration of their honor and a sincere apology from the Japanese. I’ll strive to get them an apology and compensation."

Her legacy lives on in the gift of nearly 30 thousand dollars, which she had saved from her meager government assistance checks and donated to a Buddhist college.

9. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Summer is usually the season for fun and catchy dance music. But this summer appears to be an exception as soulful ballads are leading Korea's music charts. Here is the latest show biz news.

[Pkg]

Boy band Beast's "No More' has climbed to the top of music charts immediately upon its release. Other love songs dominating the charts' upper ranks are "Eyes, Nose, Lips," the solo offering from Big Bang member Taeyang, and female duo Davichi's "Again." The popularity of these emotional songs is driven by people seeking comforting ballads and singers refraining from releasing dance songs in the wake of the Sewol ferry tragedy. Billboard magazine announced that EXO's "Overdose" was the most watched K-pop video for the month of May. The "Overdose" music video was released last month in two languages - Korean and Chinese. It was viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube alone. A woman who threatened to release private photos of idol star Park Yoo-chun has been sentenced to prison. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the 30-year-old woman to 10 months in prison for blackmailing Park and demanding almost 100 thousand dollars in return for images she had found of him on an acquaintance's mobile phone.

10. Delivery Diversity

[Anchor Lead]

Food delivery service spares you the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking, and it can be downright delicious. Let's take a look at the wide variety of foods Korean restaurants now have to offer.

[Pkg]

Food delivery service spares you the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking, and it can be downright delicious. Let's take a look at the wide variety of foods Korean restaurants now have to offer. The weather is beautiful and you might want to go on a picnic with your loved ones. The people you see here have been called outside by the delightful weather.

[Soundbite] KIM MIN-SEOK (Office Worker): "The weather is great. So we came to have a picnic after work."

But it seems that something is missing. Their hands are empty.

[Soundbite] "Hello? We have just arrived. Please get us what we ordered."

A car soon arrives.

[Soundbite] "Here is what you ordered."

It is a barbecue delivery service. The vacuum-sealed box holds everything you need for a barbecue from fresh meat and seafood to sausages and vegetables and even rice.

[Soundbite] YANG HYEONG-CHAE (CEO, Barbecue Delivery Company): "It is expensive and inconvenient if you yourself go grocery shopping to prepare a barbecue party. We offer the service to deliver everything needed for barbecue from meat to vegetables and even rice."

Meat and seafood sizzle on the grill. The barbecue is ready and it's time to eat.

[Soundbite] "Everything is fresh and delicious."

This company offers a special delivery service.It is a catering company. Upon the order, staffers begin cooking. But they pack unfinished foods into the containers.

[Soundbite] PARK SANG-YEOP (Official, Half-Cooked Food Supplier): "We deliver half-cooked foods. Our service eases your burden of shopping and preparing ingredients. And you can have gourmet foods at your own home."

The company delivers half-cooked foods to those who are throwing house parties. When your order is delivered, all you need to do is to unpack and re-heat the foods. A range of gourmet dishes come out of the boxes.

[Soundbite] HWANG SEUNG-MI (Homemaker): "I invited my friends to a party. I ordered the foods, because it is difficult to make them all by myself."

It takes some 40 minutes to cook the foods and set the table. There are ten kinds of dishes spread out on the table. Who would guess that you could throw such a party from the comfort of home. Here is one more special item available for delivery. Lobster! Big baskets are filled with living lobsters and king crabs.

[Soundbite] "Room number 202 in the 3rd apartment. A two-kilogram lobster. It’s okay. Thank you."

Upon the order, an employee scoops lobsters and crabs from the water tank. They go right into a steamy pot. The company delivers cooked lobsters and crabs. Look, they are perfectly cooked. It is a mouthwatering scene. He tightly packs the lobsters into a Styrofoam box to keep them warm. Plenty of soft meat can be found inside the shell. And this household sits down to a luxurious family dinner.

[Soundbite] "It's fresh and good. I thought I could only get fired chicken or pizza delivered. I was a little surprised to know that I could order lobsters for delivery."

You might be surprised to learn about the various kinds of food that are up for delivery. With just a single phone call, you can have almost anything delivered. It is truly a convenient world we live in!

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  • PM Nomination
    • 입력 2014-06-11 14:04:39
    • 수정2014-06-11 16:12:01
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has nominated former editor in chief of the Korean newspaper the Joongang Daily Moon Chang-keuk for prime minister. Meanwhile, ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-ki has been tapped as the new director of the National Intelligence Service.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye has nominated a former journalist, ex-chief editor of Joongang Ilbo daily Moon Chang-keuk as the new Prime Minister. Born in Cheongju of North Chungcheong Province, Moon has more than 30 years of career as a journalist. He served as chief politics editor and editor in chief of Joongang Ilbo. He's the first ever former correspondent nominated as prime minister. His name hasn't been mentioned among potential candidates. The nominee vowed to help the president and build a basic framework for a safe and content nation.

[Soundbite] MOON CHANG-KEUK (Prime Minister Nominee): "I’ll dedicate my remaining life with the little ability that I have to work toward rectifying the basic framework of our country."

The presidential office said Moon is an upright man of his own belief and over the years, he's worked to correct social ills and evils.

[Soundbite] MIN KYUNG-WOOK (Spokesman, Cheong Wa Dae): "We believe Moon will carry out state tasks including public sector reform and normalizing abnormalities in society based on his exceptional insight and drive."

Meanwhile, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-ki is named as the new chief of the state intelligence agency. A former diplomat, he served as one of the deputy directors of the state intelligence agency in the late 1990s. As a key confidant of President Park, Lee also helped her presidential campaign since 2007. The presidential office says Lee is the right person to carry out reform of the NIS and fulfill the agency's role amid strained inter-Korean relations.

2. Parties Split

[Anchor Lead]

Rival parties are split on the nomination of Moon Chang-keuk as prime minister, even though it’s believed that the administration went with him hoping he’d be likely to pass confirmation hearings. Expect a tough road ahead for his confirmation.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye's nomination of Moon Chang-keuk as the new prime minister is believed to have considered foremost the probability of the nominee passing the confirmation process. Pundits point out that as a former journalist, Moon would present fewer disputes in ethical and wealth-related issues, in the president's judgement.

[Soundbite] MOON CHANG-KEUK (Prime Minister Nominee): "I’ll wait with a humble heart until parliamentary procedures are completed."

Steering clear of the customary former bureaucrats and judicial officials to lead the cabinet can send out a fresh message, which is cited as an advantage Moon presents. The absence of conflicts of interest with the society of public officials is also considered a plus. The fact that his hometown is in Chungcheong province must have also been considered as the ruling party suffered a sore defeat in this region in the local elections last week. But Moon's complete lack of administrative experience is expected to be disputed in the confirmation process as to whether he's the right man to lead governance reform. Some assert that his conservative stance as a journalist is far removed from the traits of a prime minister who must help unify the public. The rival parties are split in their assessments. The ruling Saenuri Party says he's the right person for the grave task of major nation-wide reform. But the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy vows to present a thorough verification process, saying the nomination flies in the face of public demand.

3. Sewol Trial

[Anchor Lead]

The 15 crew members of the doomed Sewol ferry entered the first day of court proceedings at the Gwangju District Court yesterday. They are facing charges of murder and negligence of duty.

[Pkg]

Fifteen crew members of the Sewol ferry including Captain Lee Joon-seok appeared in court for the first time since their arrest. They were tried in front of the bereaved families of the perished passengers.

[Soundbite] IM JEONG-YEOP (Head Judge, Gwangju District Court): "We'll begin the trial shortly."

Four of the crew, including the captain, are being charged with homicide among other charges, while the remaining eleven are accused of negligence of duty. Prosecutors say there's every reason to charge the four crew members including the captain with homicide through willful negligence because they escaped from the sinking ferry without taking any measures to rescue the passengers regarding there was nothing they could do to save them. The defendants denied most the charges. Captain Lee's attorney pointed out the facts that the crew made an announcement ordering passengers to escape, and that the prosecutors' claim that the crew committed homicide through willful negligence by escaping from the ship considering it's okay for the passengers to die was unacceptable. The court will have to find out whether or not Captain Lee and his crew acted appropriately to rescue passengers and whether their escape was indeed an act of willful negligence.

[Soundbite] KIM JEONG-HUI (Attorney): "The salient point is find out if the crew members didn't fulfill their duties to save passengers and knew that the passengers could die."

All eyes are now on the outcome of the trial. The court is expected to issue its first verdict as early as in September after deliberating the case in-depth at least once a week.

4. Venting Anger

[Anchor Lead]

The bereaved families of the Sewol disaster victims vented their anger with the ferry crew and its captain at the first day of trial proceedings. The scene was heartbreaking to watch for everyone involved.

[Pkg]

Some 100 members of the Sewol ferry victims' bereaved families arrived in Gwangju after a four-hour ride from Ansan. Looking devastated, they disembarked from the buses and headed to the court. Scuffles broke out when some of the family members attempted to enter the court building carrying signs criticizing the ferry crew but were blocked by the court staff. The trial began amid a tense atmosphere. All of the 178 seats in the main courtroom and in the complementary room where the trial was broadcast on screen were filled.

[Soundbite] IM JEONG-YEOP (Head Judge, Gwangju District Court): "We cannot proceed with the trial if you shout or swear out loud in the courtroom."

Citizens who failed to obtain tickets to the trial waited for the results outside the court building.

[Soundbite] KIM IN-YEOP (Gwangju Citizen): "I'm just an ordinary person but I'm watching the trial closely so that the victims' families are not forgotten."

The defendants denied most of the accusations, evoking outrage from the bereaved families.

[Soundbite] KIM BYEONG-GWON (Representative, Sewol Ferry Victims’ Families): "It's dumbfounding that they dodged their duties and escaped without telling the children what to do."

The committee representing the families of dead, missing and surviving ferry passengers is expected to participate in all aspects of the trial.

5. LG Tax Probe

[Anchor Lead]

LG Group subsidiaries LG Chem and LG Hausys are under a special tax probe. Sources say the National Tax Service found evidence that the two corporations evaded taxes through insider trading.

[Pkg]

The National Tax Service has launched a special tax probe into LG Chem and LG Hausys. The Seoul Regional Tax Office yesterday morning dispatched some 40 officials from its 4th bureau to the two companies' headquarters in Seoul and seized computer hard disks and accounting ledgers. Sources say the tax authorities launched the probe after finding evidence that the two companies evaded taxes through insider trading. They're also investigating whether or not the companies dodged their corporation tax when LG Hausys was spun off from LG Chem in 2009. LG Chem bought 78 million dollars worth of real estate from LG Hausys in 2011, and in January this year acquired production facilities and inventory assets from LG Hausys for 7.8 million dollars. LG Chem has denied the allegation of tax evasion and said the ongoing probe is just a regular tax investigation that's being carried out four years after the last tax audit. An interested person from LG Hausys also said that no specific reason had been found for the current probe and that it's just a consecutive tax audit since the company's spin-off. However, the allegation of tax evasions sounds more persuasive because the 4th bureau of the Seoul Regional Tax Office usually handles tax evasions committed by conglomerates.

6. Korean Tornado

[Anchor Lead]

A rare tornado-like whirlwind was reported in a Seoul suburb Tuesday evening, similar to the tornados seen in the heartland of the United States. More than 50 greenhouses were in the area damaged by the powerful winds.

[Pkg]

Greenhouse vinyl coverings are torn up and fly about in the air. The vinyl pieces whirl around in circles and in no time seem cover the sky. On the ground, sparks flare up, apparently caused by short circuits. These are the devastating results of strong whirlwinds reported on the border between Goyang and Paju cities in Gyeonggi Province at around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

[Soundbite] LEE GYEONG-CHEOL (Resident): "They have tornadoes overseas right? It was just like that. The winds blew toward the rose farms and flattened that area."

Fifty-seven greenhouses for rose cultivation helplessly went down due to the winds. A cultivator parked on the road has been thrust into the field below, and a man in his 80s passing by the area suffered a head injury. The winds also swept away electrical wires and locals were forced to spend the night in darkness.

[Soundbite] LEE GYEONG-HUI (Forecaster, Korea Meteorological Administration): "Wind differences between lower and upper layers are believed to have intensified atmospheric instability to result in tornado-like whirlwinds."

Gusty winds, rain, thunder and lightning were reported throughout the night in Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and some parts of Jeolla province, resulting from a temperature gap between the lower and upper atmospheric layers.

7. KBS President Dismissed

[Anchor Lead]

KBS President Gil Hwan-young has been dismissed. President Park Geun-hye signed off yesterday on the KBS Board of Directors' recommendation to let Gil go.

[Pkg]

The Board had voted last week for a motion to remove him from his post. Gil was held responsible for failing to carry out his responsibility as president, improper news coverage of national disasters and corporate mismanagement.

8. Laid to Rest

[Anchor Lead]

A funeral service for Bae Chun-hee, who was forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military when she was only a teenager, was held at the group home for former comfort women where she lived. Now that she is gone, the number of surviving registered sex slavery victims has dwindled to 54.

[Pkg]

The late Bae Chun-hui loved to sing and always had a smile on her face. Her funeral was held in attendance of her close friends, who are also Japan's sex slavery victims.

[Soundbite] YU HUI-NAM (Sexual Slavery Victim): "It's really sad as a human being that she didn't fulfill her wish before she died."

The late Bae was forced to serve as a sex slave to the Japanese troops at age 19. She was finally able to return home only in the 1980s. She lived together with other women who survived the same painful experience and spent the rest of her life trying to resolve the comfort women issue.

[Soundbite] YI OK-SEON (Sexual Slavery Victim): "Will they apologize to us and how much would they compensate? This much? That much? They are just waiting for all of us to die out."

With Bae's passing, only 54 remain living out of 237 registered sexual slavery victims. But the Japanese government has yet to offer a sincere apology to them.

[Soundbite] Ven. WON HAENG (Director, House of Sharing): "These old ladies only wish for the restoration of their honor and a sincere apology from the Japanese. I’ll strive to get them an apology and compensation."

Her legacy lives on in the gift of nearly 30 thousand dollars, which she had saved from her meager government assistance checks and donated to a Buddhist college.

9. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Summer is usually the season for fun and catchy dance music. But this summer appears to be an exception as soulful ballads are leading Korea's music charts. Here is the latest show biz news.

[Pkg]

Boy band Beast's "No More' has climbed to the top of music charts immediately upon its release. Other love songs dominating the charts' upper ranks are "Eyes, Nose, Lips," the solo offering from Big Bang member Taeyang, and female duo Davichi's "Again." The popularity of these emotional songs is driven by people seeking comforting ballads and singers refraining from releasing dance songs in the wake of the Sewol ferry tragedy. Billboard magazine announced that EXO's "Overdose" was the most watched K-pop video for the month of May. The "Overdose" music video was released last month in two languages - Korean and Chinese. It was viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube alone. A woman who threatened to release private photos of idol star Park Yoo-chun has been sentenced to prison. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the 30-year-old woman to 10 months in prison for blackmailing Park and demanding almost 100 thousand dollars in return for images she had found of him on an acquaintance's mobile phone.

10. Delivery Diversity

[Anchor Lead]

Food delivery service spares you the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking, and it can be downright delicious. Let's take a look at the wide variety of foods Korean restaurants now have to offer.

[Pkg]

Food delivery service spares you the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking, and it can be downright delicious. Let's take a look at the wide variety of foods Korean restaurants now have to offer. The weather is beautiful and you might want to go on a picnic with your loved ones. The people you see here have been called outside by the delightful weather.

[Soundbite] KIM MIN-SEOK (Office Worker): "The weather is great. So we came to have a picnic after work."

But it seems that something is missing. Their hands are empty.

[Soundbite] "Hello? We have just arrived. Please get us what we ordered."

A car soon arrives.

[Soundbite] "Here is what you ordered."

It is a barbecue delivery service. The vacuum-sealed box holds everything you need for a barbecue from fresh meat and seafood to sausages and vegetables and even rice.

[Soundbite] YANG HYEONG-CHAE (CEO, Barbecue Delivery Company): "It is expensive and inconvenient if you yourself go grocery shopping to prepare a barbecue party. We offer the service to deliver everything needed for barbecue from meat to vegetables and even rice."

Meat and seafood sizzle on the grill. The barbecue is ready and it's time to eat.

[Soundbite] "Everything is fresh and delicious."

This company offers a special delivery service.It is a catering company. Upon the order, staffers begin cooking. But they pack unfinished foods into the containers.

[Soundbite] PARK SANG-YEOP (Official, Half-Cooked Food Supplier): "We deliver half-cooked foods. Our service eases your burden of shopping and preparing ingredients. And you can have gourmet foods at your own home."

The company delivers half-cooked foods to those who are throwing house parties. When your order is delivered, all you need to do is to unpack and re-heat the foods. A range of gourmet dishes come out of the boxes.

[Soundbite] HWANG SEUNG-MI (Homemaker): "I invited my friends to a party. I ordered the foods, because it is difficult to make them all by myself."

It takes some 40 minutes to cook the foods and set the table. There are ten kinds of dishes spread out on the table. Who would guess that you could throw such a party from the comfort of home. Here is one more special item available for delivery. Lobster! Big baskets are filled with living lobsters and king crabs.

[Soundbite] "Room number 202 in the 3rd apartment. A two-kilogram lobster. It’s okay. Thank you."

Upon the order, an employee scoops lobsters and crabs from the water tank. They go right into a steamy pot. The company delivers cooked lobsters and crabs. Look, they are perfectly cooked. It is a mouthwatering scene. He tightly packs the lobsters into a Styrofoam box to keep them warm. Plenty of soft meat can be found inside the shell. And this household sits down to a luxurious family dinner.

[Soundbite] "It's fresh and good. I thought I could only get fired chicken or pizza delivered. I was a little surprised to know that I could order lobsters for delivery."

You might be surprised to learn about the various kinds of food that are up for delivery. With just a single phone call, you can have almost anything delivered. It is truly a convenient world we live in!

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