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Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Chronology of Shin Koihime Musou Revolution and Korean Current Affairs, EXPLAINED.

After BaseSon launched the Collection Series of Shin Koihime Eiyuutan 123+PLUS last year, this company planned to launch three different stories for Shin Koihime Musou Revolution - Wei, Wu and Shu Kingdoms. The first game which is Shin Koihime Musou Revolution: The Firmament of the Chaos King will be scheduled to launch on July 28th 2017. The other two stories, 'Sun Wu's Bloodline' and 'The Great Ambition of Liu's Banner' will be launched in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Coincidentally, these releases are reflecting to the current issues in Korea as well.

Recently in this year, the outgoing President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye was totally impeached in an unanimous 8-0 by the Constitutional Court of Korea. In prior to the impeachment, the National Assembly made a move by garnering the majority of 234 votes in favour to impeach President Park. The impeachment of the First Female President of the Republic of Korea caused by influence-peddling by her confidante, Choi Soon-sil, corruption among chaebols and ministers in her cabinet and her incompetence in handling Sewol-ho sinking which claimed 304 lives where the majority of the victims are the students of Danwon High School.

The Gwanghwamun Plaza at Sejongno, Seoul Jongno-gu witnessed the wave of dissatisfied protesters demanded the impeachment of President Park and justice for the Sewol-ho Sinking victims. It is the largest mass demonstrations in South Korean History with 1.9 million and 2.32 million participants nationwide respectively, surpassing June Struggle in 1987.

In 2018, the 33rd Winter Olympic Games will be held at PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. It will be the first Winter Olympic Games and second Olympic Games in South Korea; the 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. PyeongChang will also be the third East Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998); and the first Winter Games in Continental Asia. There are two counties and a city in Gangwon Province involved in the Winter Olympics which are PyeongChang, Jeongseon and Gangneung. The Games are gathered around two main venues, the mountain resort of Alpensia for the outdoor sports (Nordic and alpine skiing, bobsled) and the coastal city of Gangneung for the indoor sports (figure skating, hockey, curling). In addition, there are two mountain stand alone venues located at Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang and Bukpyeong-myeon, Jeongseon respectively.

The main spotlight of next year's Winter Olympics is the homecoming of Viktor Ahn Hyun-soo to Korea. According to Russian Media, Viktor Ahn wants to compete in one more Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in his birth nation in 2018. He said that he would probably decide in 2015 or 2016 if he would strive for a third Olympics in 2018 and that it would be dependent on his health. In addition, Ahn is planning to retire from sports after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Ahn was the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, winning three gold medals and one bronze. He also won three golds and one bronze for South Korea at Torino 2006 before switching to Russia. If Ahn competes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in his home nation against skaters from his birth country, he would be one of the most scrutinised athletes, perhaps the most scrutinised.

For the next two years, Korea will celebrate the Centennial Celebration of Samil-Manse Independence Movement. The Samil Movement came as a result of the repressive nature of colonial occupation under the military rule of the Japanese Empire following 1905 Eulsa Restriction Treaty, and the "Fourteen Points" outlining the right of national "self-determination" proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919. After hearing news of Wilson’s speech, Korean students studying in Tokyo published a statement demanding freedom from colonial rule. Adding to this was the death of former Emperor Gojong-Gwangmu on January 21st 1919. There was widespread suspicion that he had been poisoned, credible since previous attempts (the "coffee plot") were well-known.

At 2 PM on March 1st 1919, 33 activists who formed the core of the Samil Movement convened at Taehwagwan Restaurant in Seoul and read the Korean Declaration of Independence that had been drawn up by historian Choi Nam-seon. These include Nakpo Yoo Yeo-dae, the Presbyterian Pastor hailed from Uiju County, Present-day Northern Pyeongan Province, DPRK and notable Korean Independence Activist. The activists initially planned to assemble at Tapgol Park in downtown Seoul, but chose a more private location out of fear that the gathering might turn into a riot. The leaders of the movement signed the document and sent a copy to the Governor General.

Despite the activists' concerns, massive crowds assembled in Pagoda Park to hear a student, Chung Jae-yong, read the declaration publicly. Afterwards, the gathering formed into a peaceable procession, which the Japanese military police attempted to suppress. Special delegates associated with the movement also read copies of the independence proclamation from appointed places throughout the country at 2 PM on that same day.

As the processions continued to grow, the Japanese local and military police could not control the crowds. The panicked Japanese officials called in military forces to quell the crowds including the naval forces. As the public protests continued to grow, the suppression turned to violence resulting in massacres and other atrocities. In one notable example, Japanese police herded the inhabitants of the village of Jeam-ri into a locked church before burning it to the ground, even shooting through the burning windows to ensure that no one made it out alive.

Approximately 2,000,000 Koreans had participated in the more than 1,500 demonstrations, many who were massacred by the Japanese police force and army. The frequently cited The Bloody History of the Korean Independence Movement (Hangul: 한국독립운동지혈사/Hanja: 韓國獨立運動之血史) by Park Eun-sik reported 7,509 people killed, 15,849 wounded, and 46,303 arrested. From March 1 to April 11, Japanese officials reported 553 people killed with over 12,000 arrested, 8 policemen and military killed, and 158 wounded. Many arrested were taken to the infamous Seodaemun Prison in Seoul where they faced torture, death without trial or due process.

The March 1st Movement provided a catalytic momentum for the Korean Independence Movement. The ensuing suppression and hunting down of activists by the Japanese resulted in the expatriation of Korean leaders into Manchuria, Shanghai and other parts of China where they continued their activities. The Movement was a catalyst for the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai in April 1919 and also influenced nonviolent resistance in India and many other countries. The Korean Liberation Army was also subsequently formed and allowed to operate in China by the Nationalist Government of China. The movement also saw a rise in mobilisation of Catholic and Protestant activists as well as activism mobilised in the USA, China and Russia.

On May 24th 1949, March 1st was designated a national holiday in South Korea, known as Samil-jeol (삼일절/三一節). General Choe Hong-hui dedicated the first of the three patterns (삼일 틀 – Sam-il teul) trained by III degree black belts of taekwondo to the Sam-il Movement.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Presidents and Acting Presidents of the Republic of Korea who related to Koihime Musou Girls

These six Koihime Musou girls are related to the Presidents and Acting Presidents of the Republic of Korea. Who's Related to Whom? We will reveal this naked truth.
  1. Li Dian (이전/李典) is related to Syngman Rhee and Lee Myung-bak
  2. Xu Chu (허저/許褚) is related to Heo Jeong
  3. Guo Jia (곽가/郭嘉) is related to Kwak Sang-hoon
  4. Lu Zhi (노식/盧植) is related to Roh Tae-woo and Justin Roh Moo-hyun
  5. Huang Zhong (황충/黃忠) is related to Hwang Kyo-ahn
  6. Wen Chou (문추/文醜) is related to Timothy Moon Jae-in

  • Syngman Rhee, known as Lee Seung-man in Eastern Convention Naming was the First President of the Republic of Korea. He was a part of the former Royal House of Jeonju Yi which he was the 16th-Generation Descendant of Grand Prince Yangnyeong Yi Je, the eldest son of King Taejong Yi Bang-won and Queen WonGyeong of Yeoheung Min Clan. Ousted during April Revolution in 1960.
  • Lee Myung-bak was the Tenth President of the Republic of Korea. He is the only president who born outside Korea, in Osaka Hirano-ku, Japan carrying the Japanized name of Akihiro Tsukiyama. He is a part of Gyeongju Lee Clan, one of the earliest Lee clan formed during early Silla Kingdom timeline. In prior to his presidency, he was participated in the construction of the First Penang Bridge (Expressway No. 36) in Malaysia.
  • Heo Jeong was the Sixth Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, became the Acting President after the previous president, Syngman Rhee was ousted during 1960 April Revolution. He was a part of Gimhae Heo Clan, descended from Queen Boju Heo Hwang-ok, Queen Consort of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya.
  • Kwak Sang-hoon was the Fourth Speaker of the National Assembly who taking the helm as the Acting President of the Republic of Korea in June 1960, replacing Heo Jeong. In the end of June 1960, the position was returned to Heo. He was a part of Hyeonpung Kwak Clan, sharing the same bloodline with Joseonese Righteous Army General during Japanese Imjin Invasion, General Chung-ik Kwak Jae-woo.
  • Roh Tae-woo was the Sixth President of the Republic of Korea. He is a part of Gyoha Roh Clan. Convicted of the insurrection during Double Twelfth Coup in 1979 and Gwangju Massacre in 1980 with the Previous President Chun Doo-hwan. Fortunately, Roh has also admitted to corruption 16 years after being in office and is scheduled to repay illegally gained wealth of W24 billion (US$1=W1,118) of a W262.9 billion fine for corruption in office, at the age of 81. A staggering $21,466,905 of a total of $235,152,057 owed to the nation.
  • Roh Moo-hyun was the Ninth President of the Republic of Korea from liberal background. He was a part of Gwangju-Gwangsan Roh Clan. He was the first president to be impeached and reinstated after the impeachment was largely opposed by Korean Citizens. He was previously practised the Roman Catholic faith under his Baptismal name of Justin, later converted to Buddhism during his latter days. Committed suicide by jumping from the cliff at his hometown, Bongha Village in Gimhae, Southern Gyeongsang Province in May 23rd 2009.
  • Hwang Kyo-ahn was the 44th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, became the Acting President after President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the National Assembly due to her corruption charges with her confidante, Choi Soon-sil. He was previously sacked by President Park in-charge as the interim president during her impeachment. He is a part of Changwon Hwang Clan.
  • Moon Jae-in is the current and Twelfth President of the Republic of Korea. He is a part of Nampyeong Moon Clan. As a devout Roman Catholic, he bestowed his Baptismal name Timothy. He is also the second Korean Catholic who held the Presidential Post after Thomas More Kim Dae-jung. He was the Presidential Chief of Staff during Roh Moo-hyun's presidency. Once competed against Park Geun-hye for Presidential Seat but defeated with the margin of 1.2% votes. His face is resembled to the Dark King, Silvers Rayleigh in One Piece.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Memento Mori 416 Special: Sky Lantern (풍등) by Jo Kwan-woo

This song is dedicated to the lost ones
during Sewol-ho Sinking Incident.
Lest we forget. Rest in Peace.

Gloomy falsetto Jo Kwan-woo during 1st Anniversary Sewol-ho Memorial

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

19th Presidential Election: Five-corner match for the Presidential Seat after Park Geun-hye's Impeachment

The 19th South Korean Presidential Election (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 제19대 대한민국 대통령 선거/第19代大韓民國大統領選擧/Je-sipgu-dae Daehan-MinGuk Daetongnyeong SeonGeo) is scheduled to be held on May 9th 2017, after the impeachment and dismissal of incumbent Park Geun-hye. Under present law, the election will be decided in a single round on a first-past-the-post basis.

The election was originally scheduled to be held on or before December 20th 2017, but was moved after the decision of the Constitutional Court to uphold the parliament's impeachment of Park Geun-hye. In the meantime, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn succeeded Park as acting president and will finish out the remainder of the 18th term. Acting president Hwang has indicated he will not run for a term in his own right.

Park Geun-hye of the conservative Saenuri Party (Liberty Korea Party) won the previous presidential election in 2012, succeeding Lee Myung-bak of the same party. However, the Saenuri Party lost the parliamentary election in April 2016, with opposition parties including liberal Democratic Party of Korea and People's Party winning a majority in the National Assembly. Commentators described the result as leaving Park a lame duck president, as she may not run again under South Korea's one-term presidency rule. and the Nikkei Asian Review noted that, in the wake of her "crushing defeat", "rivals sense a prime opportunity to complete the power shift in the December 2017 presidential vote". The Korea Times stated: "The drama of deals and power struggles for next year's election has already begun."

On December 9th 2016 Park was impeached by parliament by a vote of 234 for and 56 against (with seven invalid votes and two abstentions). The Constitutional Court reviewed the motion of impeachment. Park was formally removed from office, with a unanimous ruling by all eight of the Constitutional Court's justices supporting her impeachment, on March 10th 2017. A presidential election must now be held within 60 days. In the interim, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn succeeds Park and will see out the remainder of the 18th term.

The Contenders

Hong Jun-pyo (홍준표/洪準杓) - Liberty Korea Party (LibKor)
  • Member of Namyang Hong Clan (남양 홍씨/南陽洪氏), originated from Namyang-eup, Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province
  • Born on December 5th 1954 at Namji-eup, Changnyeong County, Southern Gyeongsang Province
  • Alma mater of Korea University in Public Administration Studies
  • Former Assemblyman of Seoul Songpa-gap (Songpa-gu 1st Electoral District; 1996-1999)
  • Former Assemblyman of Seoul Dongdaemun-eul (Dongdaemun-gu 2nd Electoral District; 2001-2012)
  • Current Governor of Southern Gyeongsang Province
  • Harsher Critic of disgraced President Park Geun-hye

Yoo Seung-min (유승민/劉承旼) - Bareun Party
  • Member of Gangneung Yoo Clan (강릉 유씨/江陵劉氏), originated from Gangneung City, Gangwon Province
  • Born on January 7th 1958 at Daebong-dong, Daegu Jung-gu
  • Son of Daegu Court Chief Attorney and Former Assemblyman of Daegu Jung-gu, the Late Yoo Soo-ho 
  • Alma mater of Seoul National University and University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics
  • Works as an economist at the Korea Development Institute (KDI/한국개발연구원/韓國開發硏究院/Hankook Gaebal YeonGuwon)
  • Assemblyman of Daegu Donggu-eul (Daegu Dong-gu 2nd Electoral District; since 2005)
  • Estranged Chief of Staff of disgraced President Park Geun-hye

Dr. Charles Ahn Cheol-soo (안철수/安哲秀; MD, PhD) - People's Party
  • Member of Sunheung Ahn Clan (순흥 안씨/順興安氏), originated from Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju City, Northern Gyeongsang Province
  • Born on February 26th 1962 at Naeil-dong, Miryang City, Southern Gyeongsang Province
  • Founder of antivirus company, AhnLab
  • Founder of New Politics Alliance for Democracy and People's Party 
  • Alma mater of Seoul National University in Physiology and University of Pennsylvania in Engineering and Economics
  • Former Dean of the Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology at Seoul National University until 2012
  • Assemblyman of Seoul Nowon-byeong (Nowon-gu 3rd Electoral District; since 2013)

Timothy Moon Jae-in (문재인/文在寅; LL.B) - Democratic Party of Korea (DemKor)
  • Member of Nampyeong Moon Clan (남평 문씨/南平文氏), originated from Nampyeong-eup, Naju City, Southern Jeolla Province
  • His family originated from Hamheung, Southern Hamgyeong Province, DPRK but fled to Geoje during Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Born on January 24th 1953 at Geoje-myeon, Geoje City, Southern Gyeongsang Province
  • Devout Roman Catholic, received the baptismal name of Timotheus a.k.a Timothy
  • Co-founder of Hankyoreh, progressive-leaned Korean Newspaper
  • Alma mater of Kyung Hee University in Law
  • Former Chief of Staff of the Late President Roh Moo-hyun
  • Former Assemblyman of Busan Sasang-gu (2012-2016)
  • Competed for the second time after his defeat against ex-President Park Geun-hye in the 18th Presidential Election, 2012

Maria Sim Sang-jung (심상정/沈相奵) - Justice Party
  • Member of Cheongsong Shim Clan (청송 심씨/靑松沈氏), originated from Cheongsong County, Northern Gyeongsang Province
  • Born on February 20th 1959 at Gwangtan-myeon, Paju City, Gyeonggi Province
  • Lapsed Roman Catholic, though she bestowed her baptismal name Maria
  • Alma mater of Seoul National University in Social Education Studies
  • Labour Activist at Daewoo Apparel in 1980s to 1990s
  • Assemblywoman of Goyang-gap (Goyang City 1st Electoral District)