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입력 2014.07.25 (15:01) 수정 2014.07.25 (16:10) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The UN panel on civil and political rights is asking the Japanese government to officially apologize to the former sex slaves of the Japanese army and compensate them for their suffering. The move represents the international community's joint efforts to urge Japan to make amends for its past atrocities.

[Pkg]

The UN panel civil and political rights announced the final list of recommendations on the issue of comfort women yesterday local time. The panel states that the Japanese government should officially apologize to the former sex slaves and acknowledge its responsibility. The panel also advised Japan to thoroughly investigate the issue on its own, punish the perpetrators and compensate the victims. The recommendations also call for disclosing evidence and educating students and the public about true historical facts through textbooks. The panel says Japan should use the term "sex slaves" instead of "comfort women" to make it clear that the victims were conscripted by force. The panel stressed that any attempt to defame the victims and deny facts deserve condemnation. The recommendations target the Japanese government's recent attempts to avoid responsibility by taking issue with the legitimacy of the Kono Statement. The recommendations clearly represent the international community's call for Japan to take legal responsibility for its wrongdoings.

2. Economic Jump-start

[Anchor Lead]

The government will inject some 39.7 billion dollars into the economy through next year to pump up sluggish domestic demand. It also laid out various policy measures for money stashed by businesses to be used in investment and increasing household income.

[Pkg]

The government's adjusted forecast for economic growth this year dropped to 3.7 percent, down from its earlier forecast of 4.1 percent. The drop is due to slumping consumption and investment.

[Soundbite] PARK GEUN-HYE (President) : "If we stumble here again, the Korean economy could enter into a long tunnel of depression."

The government's proposed solution to revitalize the economy involves a major injection of money. The government will utilize various funds to raise fiscal spending by 11.6 billion dollars, and lend 28 billion dollars more to companies through policy financing and foreign currency loans. For the injected funds to actually lead to investment and jobs, the government will launch large scale private sector projects such as building a second west coast expressway earlier than expected. Companies will be taxed if they keep stashing their profits and fail to distribute them in higher wages and dividends. The goal is to create a sustainable growth structure in which corporate revenue leads to household income which in turn can increase spending and investment opportunities.

[Soundbite] Rep. CHOI KYUNG-HWAN (Deputy Prime Minister) : "With a positive economic cycle no longer in effect, partial and fragmented policy response cannot achieve results."

The government will also seek to boost the real estate market by raising the loan-to-value ratio to 70 percent and the debt-to-income ratio to 60 percent. To uplift consumer sentiment, income deduction for cash receipts and check card use will also be temporarily expanded.

3. Bolder Policies

[Anchor Lead]

The government's recently announced economic plan is construed as an attempt to release cash into the market in order to achieve quantitative easing Korean way. The government has decided to implement bolder policies until the results are produced. Here's what it takes to make them successful.

[Pkg]

After the 2008 global financial crunch the United States released over three trillion dollars to the market, while Japan plans to release around 1.2 trillion dollars under its Abenomics policies. The money was released by central banks, which also implemented zero-interest policy. The quantitative easing policies of the Korean government's new economic policy team have yet to be completed. The government says it'll release over 39 billion U.S. dollars, but it's still unclear how much of the released amount will be provided in the form of loans and investment. Rather than spending the money on its own, the government plans to expand policy guarantee so that businesses can take advantage.

[Soundbite] JO YEONG-MU (LG Economic Research Institute) : "Efforts are needed in the currency sector to maximize the effectiveness of the policy mix by cutting interest rates, because there's not much room for financial spending."

The Bank of Korea has raised the limit on financial intermediation support loans by 2.9 billion dollars for banks that provide facility investment loans to small and mid-sized firms at low interest rates. The bank has already begun releasing money to the market. Attention is now focusing on how much the base rate will be lowered next month. The domestic demand tends to grow faster when the base rate is lowered and when more money is released to the market. But a sharp decline in the benchmark rate can also trigger a financial crisis due to the snowballing household debt and real estate bubble. It also remains to be seen if the National Assembly will pass the revised tax law in a bid to increase household income. Right now even the ruling party is against imposing taxes on businesses' retained earnings. The economic policy team is facing numerous hurdles in achieving quantitative easing the Korean way.

4. Botched Manhunt

[Anchor Lead]

The ruling and opposition parties are calling for punishment for those responsible for the botched manhunt for Sewol ferry owner Yoo Byeong-eon. The police and prosecution failed to identify the fugitive for nearly 40 days after his body was discovered. Rival parties were united in blasting law enforcement's poor handling of the case during a parliamentary committee meeting.

[Pkg]

The ruling Saenuri Party's Supreme Council meeting turned into a session of harsh criticism for the police and prosecution. The lawmakers decided stern punishment is in order, as prosecutors were found to have concealed critical testimonies while the police poorly handled the discovered body of Yoo Byeong-eon.

[Soundbite] Rep. PARK DAE-CHUL (Spokesman, Saenuri Party) : "Our party decided to seek stern punishment of those responsible for blunders in the command and investigation."

The rival parties were also united in condemning the botched investigations during urgently convened parliament committee meetings.

[Soundbite] Rep. PARK MIN-SHIK (Saenuri Party) : "For what we've seen so far, the prosecution's probe has completely failed. This must be satisfactorily resolved."

[Soundbite] Rep. SEO GI-HO (Justice Party) : "Shouldn't you be saying here and now that you'll take responsibility and resign?"

[Soundbite] HWANG KYO-AHN (Justice Minister) : "I do not cling to my post. I will do my best to reveal the truth."

Lawmakers also pointed out deficiencies in the most basic aspects of the investigation, such as listing Yoo Byeong-eon's height as 165 centimeters on fliers for the wanted man, despite his actual height of 160 centimeters.

[Soundbite] Rep. NOH WOONG-RAE (New Politics Alliance for Democracy) : "How did his height change on the flier? What kind of a sham investigation was this?"

[Soundbite] LEE SUNG-HAN (Commissioner General, Police Agency) : "I again feel deeply responsible and will fix the flawed areas."

The National Forensic Service has reiterated with 100 percent certainty that the body discovered on a plum field in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on June 12 is that of the fugitive Yoo.

5. 100-Day Memorial

[Anchor Lead]

Yesterday marked 100 days since the Sewol ferry disaster. Memorial events were held nationwide to pay tribute to the victims.

[Pkg]

A yellow wave blankets the road. Some 260 bereaved family members of Sewol ferry disaster victims staged a march for one night and two days. Over 400 citizens joined the march. They carried banners demanding the enactment of a special law on investigating the cause that lies beneath the tragedy.

[Soundbite] LEE JIN (Participant) : "My youngest child is the same age as the students who died in the Sewol sinking. I joined this march to urge the government to devise safety measures."

The march began from the memorial hall in Ansan on July 23 at 9 a.m. The families finally arrived at the National Assembly yesterday 33 hours later. They continued their march despite the rain and at 7 p.m. yesterday finally reached their destination - Seoul Square. The families also attended a memorial service held at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Members of 27 Buddhist groups conducted the service in a joint effort to pray for the tragedy victims and the return of the missing Sewol passengers.

[Soundbite] KIM BYEONG-GWON (Representative, Bereaved Families) : "We can carry on thanks to the warmth we have received so far. We will show the world what matters most in life."

"We will never forget you." Residents of Ansan City and religious groups held a cultural event to pay tribute to Sewol tragedy victims, while some 500 alumni of Danwon High School got together behind closed doors to hold their private memorial service for the perished students.

6. Reckless Riders

[Anchor Lead]

The police have arrested dozens of hot rodders who sped through downtown roads in their foreign cars and motorbikes. They were even audacious enough to capture their reckless ride and post it online.

[Pkg]

Past midnight, an imported car speeds by with a deafening roar. The driver neglects traffic lights, and crosses over the center line. Riders of expensive motorcycles also join the mad race. The riders gathered through a notice from an online riders club. They treated the roads in the heart of the city as their playground on a late weekend night. This road was ideal for reckless driving as it has many curves and few traffic signals. Enjoying the dangerous drive, the suspects didn't lower their speeds even for the twisty bends.

[Soundbite] Suspect (Voice Modified) : "It alleviates stress. I believe anyone who owns a car has the desire to speed on a deserted road."

Some members of the online club who work at auto maintenance shops helped the riders to remodel their vehicles to ramp up engine noise and boost acceleration. They filmed their violent driving and posted the videos online to spur others to do the same. Local residents are restless over the growing number of joy-riders.

[Soundbite]
Ass. Ins. KIM HAE-SEOK (Yongsan Police Station): Several drivers of imported cars modified their mufflers to drive with an extra loud engine sound, inconveniencing the locals.

26 of the reckless drivers have been arrested without detention in a police crackdown. The police plan to thoroughly clamp down on the wild riders ahead of the August 15 Independence Day holiday.


7. Traditional Medicine

[Anchor Lead]

Traditional medicinal herbs, which are used to treat H1N1 flu, have been found to be effective in fighting cancer as well. Unlike conventional anti-cancer drugs, the traditional ingredients are not toxic to normal cells.

[Pkg]

These mice were transplanted with cancer cells in their abdomens. For ten days the mice were fed a substance called KIOM C, an extract from 20 different medicinal herbs. Then they were compared with the mice not administered with KIOM C. The mice that did not take KIOM C had a tumor bigger than one centimeter, those that were fed KIOM C had tumors half that size. The experiment showed that more KIOM C the mice had, the smaller their tumors. When cancer cells were artificially metastasized in the lungs, the mice that had not been administered KIOM C showed lungs covered in black cancer cells, while the test mice demonstrated a significant decrease in the number. That's because KIOM C suppressed the activation of a protein that controlled tumor metastasis.

[Soundbite] KIM AE-YEONG (Researcher, Korea Institute of Traditional Medicine) : "Compared to the group injected with saline solution, we saw that as much as 71.5% of the tumors in the lungs were suppressed in the group administered with KIOM C."

KIOM C is made with 20 different kinds of medicinal herbs, including Korean angelica roots, cnidium, and gardenia fruit. In clinical toxicity tests, the extract was found to be non-toxic and showed no side effects such as mutation.

[Soundbite] MA JIN-YEOL (Researcher, Korea Institute of Traditional Medicine) : "The medicinal herbs in KIOM C are mostly food ingredients, so there are no side effects even when consumed by humans."

The scientists have applied for local and overseas patents on KIOM C and expect the substance to be commercialized in about three years, after undergoing a series of clinical tests.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Korean blockbusters are coming to theaters in time for the summer vacation season. Rapper Jay Park has released his first single album in three months.

[Pkg]

Korean swashbuckling blockbuster "The Pirates" held a preview showing and joined other action-packed historical films for box-office dominance in the summer. "The Pirates" is an adventure film about Goryeo-period pirates fighting to retrieve a royal seal swallowed by a whale. Aspiring to be the Korean answer to "Pirates of the Caribbean," the movie features many exciting action sequences. Two other period movies are to vie for the top box-office spot this summer. They are "Kundo: Age of the Rampant," which already drew 550 thousand people on the first day of its release, and "Roaring Currents" about Admiral Yi Sun-sin scheduled to open next week. Rapper Jay Park makes a comeback today after a three-month hiatus with a digital single titled "Na Na." It features a catchy, sing-along refrain that brings to mind the fun atmosphere of a midsummer night's party. A Korean court has dismissed a right of publicity lawsuit filed by some fifty celebrities, including Super Junior and the Wonder Girls, against portal site Nate. The court ruled that frequent searches of celebrity names on a portal site tend to boost their name recognition and popularity. The plaintiffs claimed that their publicity rights were violated when searches of their names brought up shopping malls on Nate and filed a class action law suit against the portal site in May 2013.

9. Small Bakeries

[Anchor Lead]

Ten years ago, many bakeries were named after their owners who took pride in their baking skills. But the mom-and-pop bakeries were edged out by large franchises. However, some small bakeries are attracting customers again with unique products.

[Pkg]

A 50-year-old bakery in Daejeon is packed with shoppers.

[Soundbite] "I'd like to have a set of the fried bread."

Bread sells like hot cakes. They are sold out as soon as they are put on showcases. This fried bread is the most popular. It is crispy outside with the filling of red bean. About 13-thousand pieces are sold here every day. The generous filling makes the bread soft and sweet. Finally, the bread is fried in fresh oil for four minutes and 30 seconds before going to the shelf. The fired bread has been the most popular item in this bakery for 35 years. The local bakery's secret to success lies in developing and selling signature products that are rarely found elsewhere.

[Soundbite] YANG SEUNG-JIN (Customer) : "It's tasty. It deserves its fame."

The light is on at 3 O'clock in the morning. Twenty-five kinds of bread are made in this kitchen every morning.

[Soundbite] LEE HO-YEONG (Owner, Bakery) : "Franchised bakeries sell bread made and delivered from factories, but we sell hand-made bread. That is the edge we have in competing with franchises."

His secret to success is the special ingredients. He makes bread with wheat supplied by a farmer in Gurye, South Jeolla Province. To make more fresh bread, he has a mill at his bakery. Some bread is made with the freshest flour instantly milled on the spot.

[Soundbite] "More moisture is preserved in flour only when we mill wheat on the spot whenever we need. Fresh flour makes bread more tasty and preservable."

He is sincerely and incredibly devoted to making good bread. Salt is also an important ingredient that determines the taste of bread. The baker uses only domestic sun-dried natural salt. He uses special, selected ingredients to make bread, which are not the same as the standardized ones sold at franchise bakeries. It sounds delicious. With his picky selection of ingredients, he is known to be selling healthy bread.

[Soundbite] KIM YEON-SU (Customer) : "They use only good ingredients. I never get sick and tired of the bread. It also feels healthy."

Although they are small in size, the neighborhood mom-and-pop bakeries make bread with devotion and passion. They are expected to bring a meaningful change to the franchise-dominated bakery industry.
  • UN Request
    • 입력 2014-07-25 10:37:37
    • 수정2014-07-25 16:10:27
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The UN panel on civil and political rights is asking the Japanese government to officially apologize to the former sex slaves of the Japanese army and compensate them for their suffering. The move represents the international community's joint efforts to urge Japan to make amends for its past atrocities.

[Pkg]

The UN panel civil and political rights announced the final list of recommendations on the issue of comfort women yesterday local time. The panel states that the Japanese government should officially apologize to the former sex slaves and acknowledge its responsibility. The panel also advised Japan to thoroughly investigate the issue on its own, punish the perpetrators and compensate the victims. The recommendations also call for disclosing evidence and educating students and the public about true historical facts through textbooks. The panel says Japan should use the term "sex slaves" instead of "comfort women" to make it clear that the victims were conscripted by force. The panel stressed that any attempt to defame the victims and deny facts deserve condemnation. The recommendations target the Japanese government's recent attempts to avoid responsibility by taking issue with the legitimacy of the Kono Statement. The recommendations clearly represent the international community's call for Japan to take legal responsibility for its wrongdoings.

2. Economic Jump-start

[Anchor Lead]

The government will inject some 39.7 billion dollars into the economy through next year to pump up sluggish domestic demand. It also laid out various policy measures for money stashed by businesses to be used in investment and increasing household income.

[Pkg]

The government's adjusted forecast for economic growth this year dropped to 3.7 percent, down from its earlier forecast of 4.1 percent. The drop is due to slumping consumption and investment.

[Soundbite] PARK GEUN-HYE (President) : "If we stumble here again, the Korean economy could enter into a long tunnel of depression."

The government's proposed solution to revitalize the economy involves a major injection of money. The government will utilize various funds to raise fiscal spending by 11.6 billion dollars, and lend 28 billion dollars more to companies through policy financing and foreign currency loans. For the injected funds to actually lead to investment and jobs, the government will launch large scale private sector projects such as building a second west coast expressway earlier than expected. Companies will be taxed if they keep stashing their profits and fail to distribute them in higher wages and dividends. The goal is to create a sustainable growth structure in which corporate revenue leads to household income which in turn can increase spending and investment opportunities.

[Soundbite] Rep. CHOI KYUNG-HWAN (Deputy Prime Minister) : "With a positive economic cycle no longer in effect, partial and fragmented policy response cannot achieve results."

The government will also seek to boost the real estate market by raising the loan-to-value ratio to 70 percent and the debt-to-income ratio to 60 percent. To uplift consumer sentiment, income deduction for cash receipts and check card use will also be temporarily expanded.

3. Bolder Policies

[Anchor Lead]

The government's recently announced economic plan is construed as an attempt to release cash into the market in order to achieve quantitative easing Korean way. The government has decided to implement bolder policies until the results are produced. Here's what it takes to make them successful.

[Pkg]

After the 2008 global financial crunch the United States released over three trillion dollars to the market, while Japan plans to release around 1.2 trillion dollars under its Abenomics policies. The money was released by central banks, which also implemented zero-interest policy. The quantitative easing policies of the Korean government's new economic policy team have yet to be completed. The government says it'll release over 39 billion U.S. dollars, but it's still unclear how much of the released amount will be provided in the form of loans and investment. Rather than spending the money on its own, the government plans to expand policy guarantee so that businesses can take advantage.

[Soundbite] JO YEONG-MU (LG Economic Research Institute) : "Efforts are needed in the currency sector to maximize the effectiveness of the policy mix by cutting interest rates, because there's not much room for financial spending."

The Bank of Korea has raised the limit on financial intermediation support loans by 2.9 billion dollars for banks that provide facility investment loans to small and mid-sized firms at low interest rates. The bank has already begun releasing money to the market. Attention is now focusing on how much the base rate will be lowered next month. The domestic demand tends to grow faster when the base rate is lowered and when more money is released to the market. But a sharp decline in the benchmark rate can also trigger a financial crisis due to the snowballing household debt and real estate bubble. It also remains to be seen if the National Assembly will pass the revised tax law in a bid to increase household income. Right now even the ruling party is against imposing taxes on businesses' retained earnings. The economic policy team is facing numerous hurdles in achieving quantitative easing the Korean way.

4. Botched Manhunt

[Anchor Lead]

The ruling and opposition parties are calling for punishment for those responsible for the botched manhunt for Sewol ferry owner Yoo Byeong-eon. The police and prosecution failed to identify the fugitive for nearly 40 days after his body was discovered. Rival parties were united in blasting law enforcement's poor handling of the case during a parliamentary committee meeting.

[Pkg]

The ruling Saenuri Party's Supreme Council meeting turned into a session of harsh criticism for the police and prosecution. The lawmakers decided stern punishment is in order, as prosecutors were found to have concealed critical testimonies while the police poorly handled the discovered body of Yoo Byeong-eon.

[Soundbite] Rep. PARK DAE-CHUL (Spokesman, Saenuri Party) : "Our party decided to seek stern punishment of those responsible for blunders in the command and investigation."

The rival parties were also united in condemning the botched investigations during urgently convened parliament committee meetings.

[Soundbite] Rep. PARK MIN-SHIK (Saenuri Party) : "For what we've seen so far, the prosecution's probe has completely failed. This must be satisfactorily resolved."

[Soundbite] Rep. SEO GI-HO (Justice Party) : "Shouldn't you be saying here and now that you'll take responsibility and resign?"

[Soundbite] HWANG KYO-AHN (Justice Minister) : "I do not cling to my post. I will do my best to reveal the truth."

Lawmakers also pointed out deficiencies in the most basic aspects of the investigation, such as listing Yoo Byeong-eon's height as 165 centimeters on fliers for the wanted man, despite his actual height of 160 centimeters.

[Soundbite] Rep. NOH WOONG-RAE (New Politics Alliance for Democracy) : "How did his height change on the flier? What kind of a sham investigation was this?"

[Soundbite] LEE SUNG-HAN (Commissioner General, Police Agency) : "I again feel deeply responsible and will fix the flawed areas."

The National Forensic Service has reiterated with 100 percent certainty that the body discovered on a plum field in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on June 12 is that of the fugitive Yoo.

5. 100-Day Memorial

[Anchor Lead]

Yesterday marked 100 days since the Sewol ferry disaster. Memorial events were held nationwide to pay tribute to the victims.

[Pkg]

A yellow wave blankets the road. Some 260 bereaved family members of Sewol ferry disaster victims staged a march for one night and two days. Over 400 citizens joined the march. They carried banners demanding the enactment of a special law on investigating the cause that lies beneath the tragedy.

[Soundbite] LEE JIN (Participant) : "My youngest child is the same age as the students who died in the Sewol sinking. I joined this march to urge the government to devise safety measures."

The march began from the memorial hall in Ansan on July 23 at 9 a.m. The families finally arrived at the National Assembly yesterday 33 hours later. They continued their march despite the rain and at 7 p.m. yesterday finally reached their destination - Seoul Square. The families also attended a memorial service held at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Members of 27 Buddhist groups conducted the service in a joint effort to pray for the tragedy victims and the return of the missing Sewol passengers.

[Soundbite] KIM BYEONG-GWON (Representative, Bereaved Families) : "We can carry on thanks to the warmth we have received so far. We will show the world what matters most in life."

"We will never forget you." Residents of Ansan City and religious groups held a cultural event to pay tribute to Sewol tragedy victims, while some 500 alumni of Danwon High School got together behind closed doors to hold their private memorial service for the perished students.

6. Reckless Riders

[Anchor Lead]

The police have arrested dozens of hot rodders who sped through downtown roads in their foreign cars and motorbikes. They were even audacious enough to capture their reckless ride and post it online.

[Pkg]

Past midnight, an imported car speeds by with a deafening roar. The driver neglects traffic lights, and crosses over the center line. Riders of expensive motorcycles also join the mad race. The riders gathered through a notice from an online riders club. They treated the roads in the heart of the city as their playground on a late weekend night. This road was ideal for reckless driving as it has many curves and few traffic signals. Enjoying the dangerous drive, the suspects didn't lower their speeds even for the twisty bends.

[Soundbite] Suspect (Voice Modified) : "It alleviates stress. I believe anyone who owns a car has the desire to speed on a deserted road."

Some members of the online club who work at auto maintenance shops helped the riders to remodel their vehicles to ramp up engine noise and boost acceleration. They filmed their violent driving and posted the videos online to spur others to do the same. Local residents are restless over the growing number of joy-riders.

[Soundbite]
Ass. Ins. KIM HAE-SEOK (Yongsan Police Station): Several drivers of imported cars modified their mufflers to drive with an extra loud engine sound, inconveniencing the locals.

26 of the reckless drivers have been arrested without detention in a police crackdown. The police plan to thoroughly clamp down on the wild riders ahead of the August 15 Independence Day holiday.


7. Traditional Medicine

[Anchor Lead]

Traditional medicinal herbs, which are used to treat H1N1 flu, have been found to be effective in fighting cancer as well. Unlike conventional anti-cancer drugs, the traditional ingredients are not toxic to normal cells.

[Pkg]

These mice were transplanted with cancer cells in their abdomens. For ten days the mice were fed a substance called KIOM C, an extract from 20 different medicinal herbs. Then they were compared with the mice not administered with KIOM C. The mice that did not take KIOM C had a tumor bigger than one centimeter, those that were fed KIOM C had tumors half that size. The experiment showed that more KIOM C the mice had, the smaller their tumors. When cancer cells were artificially metastasized in the lungs, the mice that had not been administered KIOM C showed lungs covered in black cancer cells, while the test mice demonstrated a significant decrease in the number. That's because KIOM C suppressed the activation of a protein that controlled tumor metastasis.

[Soundbite] KIM AE-YEONG (Researcher, Korea Institute of Traditional Medicine) : "Compared to the group injected with saline solution, we saw that as much as 71.5% of the tumors in the lungs were suppressed in the group administered with KIOM C."

KIOM C is made with 20 different kinds of medicinal herbs, including Korean angelica roots, cnidium, and gardenia fruit. In clinical toxicity tests, the extract was found to be non-toxic and showed no side effects such as mutation.

[Soundbite] MA JIN-YEOL (Researcher, Korea Institute of Traditional Medicine) : "The medicinal herbs in KIOM C are mostly food ingredients, so there are no side effects even when consumed by humans."

The scientists have applied for local and overseas patents on KIOM C and expect the substance to be commercialized in about three years, after undergoing a series of clinical tests.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Korean blockbusters are coming to theaters in time for the summer vacation season. Rapper Jay Park has released his first single album in three months.

[Pkg]

Korean swashbuckling blockbuster "The Pirates" held a preview showing and joined other action-packed historical films for box-office dominance in the summer. "The Pirates" is an adventure film about Goryeo-period pirates fighting to retrieve a royal seal swallowed by a whale. Aspiring to be the Korean answer to "Pirates of the Caribbean," the movie features many exciting action sequences. Two other period movies are to vie for the top box-office spot this summer. They are "Kundo: Age of the Rampant," which already drew 550 thousand people on the first day of its release, and "Roaring Currents" about Admiral Yi Sun-sin scheduled to open next week. Rapper Jay Park makes a comeback today after a three-month hiatus with a digital single titled "Na Na." It features a catchy, sing-along refrain that brings to mind the fun atmosphere of a midsummer night's party. A Korean court has dismissed a right of publicity lawsuit filed by some fifty celebrities, including Super Junior and the Wonder Girls, against portal site Nate. The court ruled that frequent searches of celebrity names on a portal site tend to boost their name recognition and popularity. The plaintiffs claimed that their publicity rights were violated when searches of their names brought up shopping malls on Nate and filed a class action law suit against the portal site in May 2013.

9. Small Bakeries

[Anchor Lead]

Ten years ago, many bakeries were named after their owners who took pride in their baking skills. But the mom-and-pop bakeries were edged out by large franchises. However, some small bakeries are attracting customers again with unique products.

[Pkg]

A 50-year-old bakery in Daejeon is packed with shoppers.

[Soundbite] "I'd like to have a set of the fried bread."

Bread sells like hot cakes. They are sold out as soon as they are put on showcases. This fried bread is the most popular. It is crispy outside with the filling of red bean. About 13-thousand pieces are sold here every day. The generous filling makes the bread soft and sweet. Finally, the bread is fried in fresh oil for four minutes and 30 seconds before going to the shelf. The fired bread has been the most popular item in this bakery for 35 years. The local bakery's secret to success lies in developing and selling signature products that are rarely found elsewhere.

[Soundbite] YANG SEUNG-JIN (Customer) : "It's tasty. It deserves its fame."

The light is on at 3 O'clock in the morning. Twenty-five kinds of bread are made in this kitchen every morning.

[Soundbite] LEE HO-YEONG (Owner, Bakery) : "Franchised bakeries sell bread made and delivered from factories, but we sell hand-made bread. That is the edge we have in competing with franchises."

His secret to success is the special ingredients. He makes bread with wheat supplied by a farmer in Gurye, South Jeolla Province. To make more fresh bread, he has a mill at his bakery. Some bread is made with the freshest flour instantly milled on the spot.

[Soundbite] "More moisture is preserved in flour only when we mill wheat on the spot whenever we need. Fresh flour makes bread more tasty and preservable."

He is sincerely and incredibly devoted to making good bread. Salt is also an important ingredient that determines the taste of bread. The baker uses only domestic sun-dried natural salt. He uses special, selected ingredients to make bread, which are not the same as the standardized ones sold at franchise bakeries. It sounds delicious. With his picky selection of ingredients, he is known to be selling healthy bread.

[Soundbite] KIM YEON-SU (Customer) : "They use only good ingredients. I never get sick and tired of the bread. It also feels healthy."

Although they are small in size, the neighborhood mom-and-pop bakeries make bread with devotion and passion. They are expected to bring a meaningful change to the franchise-dominated bakery industry.
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