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
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