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koreastandardtime:

This is crazy: YTN reports that a subway train on Seoul’s No. 2 line rear-ended another train at 상왕십리 station Friday afternoon. About 200 people were injured in the accident.

Not that there is a good time for a subway accident, but this could not have come at a worse time. Thank god no one was more seriously injured.

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“‘Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will,’ one source tells Radio Free Asia. ‘It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.’ Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. ‘Until the mid-2000s, we called it the “Chinese smuggler haircut”,’ the Korea Times reports.”

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Not that surprising, but as some commenters point out these stats are part of a larger picture. Many Korean women are still expected to quit and become housewives when they have children, and men are expected to work extremely long hours and attend non-optional company dinners and drinking sessions after work (saw this firsthand with both my Korean host families).

Not saying this imbalance is justified, just pointing out that there will have to be a lot more work done by the Korean government and the population in general to fix unequal expectations than just telling men to do more housework.

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"The citizen groups said they confirmed anti-Korea graffiti at about 50 sites in and around Korea Town in the Okubo district while on patrol in February."

The issue apparently made it into the State Department’s annual Human Rights report as well:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201403010018

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Front page of the Huffington Post right now to celebrate the launch of HuffPost Korea. Don’t know much about it, but could be cool.

Front page of the Huffington Post right now to celebrate the launch of HuffPost Korea. Don’t know much about it, but could be cool.

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Japan’s Institute of Population and Social Security reports an astonishing 90% of young women believe that staying single is “preferable to what they imagine marriage to be like”.”

Depressing.

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minnpost:

With Dayton’s signature today, the bill has been passed into law and will go into effect on August 1.

Proud to be a Minnesotan today.

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futurejournalismproject:

The Stressful Careers of Photojournalists and Newspaper Reporters
Using metrics such as career opportunity, compensation, deadlines, working in the public eye, and danger among others to generate an overall “stress score”, CareerCast has a top ten list of the most stressful jobs of 2013.
Congratulations, photojournalists and newspaper reporters, you’ve cracked the list.
Reiterating what we already know, CareerCast reports:

Two careers in the media industry score highly on the stress scale: photojournalist and newspaper reporter. Professionals from each field can be thrown into the epicenter of dangerous situations, such as war, natural disasters and police chases. Both careers also have declining job opportunities as the 21st century media landscape evolves. Newspaper reporters in particular face a shrinking job market; the BLS estimates a 6% job decline in the industry by 2020.
The growth of online media has transformed the newspaper reporter’s job immensely. The immediacy internet outlets provide can be a useful tool, but it can also be a huge trap. Striving for the fastest reports can lead to inaccuracy and heightened stress. Watchful public eyes are trained on reporters at all times, so an incorrect report can compromise a reporter’s reputation as quickly as they can send a tweet.

The least stressful job for 2013? University professor.
Image: Stressful Careers. Select to embiggen.

Ouch…

futurejournalismproject:

The Stressful Careers of Photojournalists and Newspaper Reporters

Using metrics such as career opportunity, compensation, deadlines, working in the public eye, and danger among others to generate an overall “stress score”, CareerCast has a top ten list of the most stressful jobs of 2013.

Congratulations, photojournalists and newspaper reporters, you’ve cracked the list.

Reiterating what we already know, CareerCast reports:

Two careers in the media industry score highly on the stress scale: photojournalist and newspaper reporter. Professionals from each field can be thrown into the epicenter of dangerous situations, such as war, natural disasters and police chases. Both careers also have declining job opportunities as the 21st century media landscape evolves. Newspaper reporters in particular face a shrinking job market; the BLS estimates a 6% job decline in the industry by 2020.

The growth of online media has transformed the newspaper reporter’s job immensely. The immediacy internet outlets provide can be a useful tool, but it can also be a huge trap. Striving for the fastest reports can lead to inaccuracy and heightened stress. Watchful public eyes are trained on reporters at all times, so an incorrect report can compromise a reporter’s reputation as quickly as they can send a tweet.

The least stressful job for 2013? University professor.

Image: Stressful Careers. Select to embiggen.

Ouch…