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Busan News for Monday, March 15th, 2010

Suspect in Busan Middle School Girl Rape & Murder Case Confesses
The police have reported that 김길태, the suspect in the recent kidnap and murder of a middle-school girl, has confessed to part of the crimes yesterday including dumping the body and the possibility of kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder.  The police have attempted to secure an official statement from 김길태 that he committed the crimes of kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder. Continue reading

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Busan News for Friday, March 12th, 2010

Busan Citizens’ Health at a Critical State
Reports show that the number of patients suffering from 5 major later-in-life diseases, including high-blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and cardiac disorders has increased by about 140 thousand in the period from 2005 to 2009.
Busan already had the highest mortality rate in the country for circulatory organ diseases and ranked 2nd in deaths caused by cancer and endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases in 2008.
Such figures have given Busan the unwelcome title as the “city of diseases,” and reconfirmed the belief that the health condition of local citizens is at a critical level. Continue reading

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Busan News for Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

R & D District to be established in Busan for Materials Industry
The city of Busan has confirmed plans to construct a special district for research and development for the parts and materials industry.
 The city is preparing to designate 57.4 square kilometers to the district from different western areas, including the Busan-Jinhae Free Economy Zone or BJFEZ, the 강서 high-tech industry logistics city, 동아 University, 신라 University and the 녹산 industrial complex.The city is planning to set up organzing and pratical affairs committees with help from the BJFEZ, the Busan Development Institute, the Southeast Economy Institute and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology or KITECH. Continue reading

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Busan News for Monday, March 8th, 2010

Middle School Student Murder in Busan

Now that the body of the missing middle school girl,  Lee, has been found in Busan, police are concentrating their full efforts on arresting the murder suspect.

 Lee’s body was found around 9:30 pm on the 6th in a water tank on the roof of a one-story house only 50 meters from her house.

 She was stripped naked and her clothes and shoes were placed in a plastic bag and hidden under lime powder and construction tiles in the tank. Continue reading

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Busan News for Friday, March 5th, 2010

Accident Rate in Busan is the Highest among 7 Largest Korean Cities

Reports show that Busan has the highest rate of death by accidents of the 7 largest cities in the country and the economic loss from those deaths amounts to more than 1 trillion 11 billion won.

The results were revealed through a diagnosis of the safety of local communities and were presented by a team led by professor 배정이. The analysis, which is based on 2008, showed that accidents killed nearly 60 out of every 1 thousand people in Busan, compared to 45.5 in Seoul, 49.7 in Ulsan, 57.1 in Daegu, and 57.3 in Incheon. Continue reading

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Busan News for Thursday, March 4th, 2010

East Busan Tourism Complex Sites to be Sold

Sites at the DongBusan tourism complex will be will be divided and sold separatedly now that the project has been delayed for a short time due to a lack of investors. The Busan Metropolitan Corporation said that it is hard to more forward with the project because it has yet to draw in a massive resource of capital. The corporation said that it would find investors by slicing up the complex into individual units and facilities. The entertainment and beach zones will be divided into 185 square meters plots first and investors will be sought after until the 25th. This new tactic has increased the voices of concern about the project now that it is proceeding in a way without unity.

Busan to the North Pole: Discussions Start Continue reading

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Busan News for Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Plans to Enhance Gaming Industry in Busan

The city of Busan is coming up with a plan to boost the gaming industry.
The plan is aimed at building a “2020 game industry center city” that will generate 1 trillion won in sales.
It contains initiatives to attract major domestic players and global research and development teams as well as ramp up local game businesses to the status of a major complex with an investment of 420 billion won.
In particular, the “Busan Culture Contents Complex,” which is being built in Centum City, will be the center for development and integration for the local gaming industry.
The city is also considering plans to draw in a branch center to develop game contents and solutions and create models for the game industry and the global industry of cooperation.
In addition, the successful international game fair, “G-Star,” will be held regularly and an international game machine certification center for exporting arcade games will be launched at Dongseo University. Continue reading

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Busan News for Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Busan Mayor Huh Nam Sik

Busan Mayor Huh Nam Sik

Dredging up the Nakdong River

The project to dredge the Nakdong river has hit a snag because of the clay composition of the soil at the site.
According to the city of Busan, results from a geological survey showed that 10 of 13 samples take from a 3.8 kilometer section of the surface layer turned out to be clay.
Clay was also discovered in another 3 samples take from depths below 9 meters.
This is a problem because the dredged soil cannot be moved to the Meongji International Business City because of its weak foundation.

If the soil has to be used elsewhere, transportation costs would soar, putting the company in increased financial hardship. Continue reading

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Busan News for Monday, March 1st, 2010

Today’s Samil Jul (삼일절), a national holiday here in Korea.  So, the staff downstairs at KNN aren’t here to write some Busan specific news for all of you to read.  So, I scoured the Internet for any “Busan” specific news stories.  Not much was available today unfortunately.

S Korean ex-convict hopes to visit Japan
A South Korean man, who served time in a Japanese prison for the murders of two gangsters in 1968, said he hopes to make a return visit to Japan to pay his respects at his mother’s grave. Kim Hui Ro, 81, who was released on parole in 1999 and currently lives in Busan, South Korea, said he plans to file a request with the Japanese government around March seeking permission for a visit. Continue reading

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18 year old son of a popular celebrity I grew up watching commits suicide

Michael Blosil and his mom Marie Osmond

Michael Blosil

Donnie and Marie were always on TV when I was growing up.  Their smiles lit up the networks and they seemed as happy as all can be.  However, we just learned today, all is not always happy behind the scenes with celebrities unfortunately.

From the Daily Mail.

Michael Blosil, 18, left a suicide note for his family saying he had decided to end his life because of the ‘torment’ of his long battle against depression and drug and alcohol abuse.  A police source said Blosil, who had been adopted as a baby by Osmond and her ex-husband Brian, jumped off the roof of the ten-storey apartment block in central LA where he rented a £1,500-a-month flat.

Michael Blosil, 18, left a suicide note for his family saying he had decided to end his life because of the ‘torment’ of his long battle against depression and drug and alcohol abuse.  A police source said Blosil, who had been adopted as a baby by Osmond and her ex-husband Brian, jumped off the roof of the ten-storey apartment block in central LA where he rented a £1,500-a-month flat.

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Busan News for Friday, February 26th, 2010

Busan Birthrate

Busan still ranks last among the 16 cities or provinces in the country according to birthrate, even through the city has made a strong push to encourage its citizens to have more children.
According to last year’s birthrate statistics from the National Statistical Office Busan remained at the bottom for the 13th consecutive year.
The total fertility rate for Busan, which is the average number of children one women has during her lifetime, was just .94, well below the nation’s average of 1.15.
There were only 25 thousand children born in Busan last year, down 5.7% compared to 2008. It is the second year in a row the number has gone down.
Studies show that many young couples from Busan are moving to other regions including Gyeongnam in search of better jobs.
In the meantime, the average birthrate and total number of babies dropped across the country while the average age for giving birth rose slightly to 31. Continue reading

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Busan News for Thursday, February 25th, 2010

busan education

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Private Education Expenses in Busan

A report shows that Busan ranks lowest among 7 special and metropolitan cities according to average private education costs and student participation rates.
According to a survey on private education expenses conducted in 2009 by the National Statistical Office and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, families in Busan were paying a monthly average of 203 thousand won per  student.
The average rate of participation was 72.4%. In Ulsan, average tuition rates were slightly higher, at 234 thousand won per month, along with participation rates which topped 75%.
The national average for private education costs was 242 thousand won per student, up nearly 4% compared to the year before.
The entire country spent 21 trillion 600 billion won on private education last year, a 3.4% increase compared to 2008. Continue reading

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Busan News for Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

천마산 tunnel

Now that a preferred private bidder has been chosen to construct the 천마산 tunnel, which will be part of the costal beltway in Busan, construction can start as early as next June.

The city has reported that the Daewoo consortium will be the company that will construct the tunnel connecting the Namhang bridge and the Gamcheon port. Continue reading

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Wow! Cigarettes aren’t cheap!

10.50 Camel CigarettesEver since quitting smoking in 1st grade (yes, I smoked for a full week when I was 7 years old!), I’ve been an opponent of cigarettes.  However, my folks run a convenience store and growing up, I’ve always seen prices of smokes up close since I handed over those “packs” to customers for a dollar plus and up.  I saw this on Yahoo’s News & the images associated with the news and literally almost fell backwards in my chair.  While I think this is a great thing that tobacco’s gotten very expensive, I was still a little floored at how much it now costs for a pack of cigarettes.  I wonder though how much of this $10.50 is margin versus how much is actually the price going up.  I realize that taxes and other tariffs account for a lot of this price, but just like gas prices, I wonder if the tobacco companies’ profits have grown in line with the prices of the products they sell.

On a side note, why is it that oil companies do make much more money when they’re gouging customers throughout the world with higher prices?  I mean, while a barrel rises in price, why is it that the margins seem to increase as well for the leading oil companies in the world?  It’s definitely not my parents or the many convenience store and gas station owners fault because their margins stay the same.  I’ve seen it up close.

Tisk, tisk oil companies…

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Korea ranks in the top 15% countries to live in

best place to liveAccording to a new report provided by the UN measuring Human Development in 182 countries, South Korea ranked #26 which would be in the top 15% of all nations studied. Korea ranks above other relatively developed countries which produce more gross income like China (#92), Mexico (#53) and India (#134). Korea still ranks behind many “Very Highly Developed” nations, but is ahead of countries like the Czech Republic, Portugal and Israel.  At the bottom of the list was Niger.

The full list follows and an explanation is provided at the bottom on how HDI or the Human Development Index is measured.

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan Continue reading

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