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In the Press Updated: 2014-03-07 19:55:47 KST

In the Press
We're starting a new segment this evening.
Every Friday, we'll be looking at some of the hot topics of the week that have been heavily dealt with by our domestic media outlets.
And our Yoo Lian will be running down the stories "IN THE PRESS."
So, Lian take it away.

Lots of interesting feature stories in this week's papers.
I want to start with the Chosun Ilbo, which hosted the 5th Asian Leadership Conference earlier this week.
It's an annual conference that attracts global leaders to discuss important issues in Asia,.. and this year's topic was the reunification of the two Koreas.
The event of course decorated the front page of Chosun Ilbo this week -- here you see former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, President Park Geun-hye, and former U.S. President George Bush.
But it wasn't just formal global leaders taking part.
Experts and academics also came together to discuss reunification-- I want to go straight to this next article from the same paper, which sums up the economic benefits leaders at the conference say reunification will bring.
The title reads, "Reunification, Delays Aging Society by 15 Years Able to Catch Up to Japan within Current Generation."
Kwon Ku-hoon, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, said reunification could be a solution for South Korea's aging population and would secure 4-trillion dollars worth of North Korea's underground resources.
He also said in just 10 to 15 years, the economy of a unified Korea would equal that of France and Germany, and catch up to Japan soon thereafter.
Marc Faber, who famously predicted the Asian financial crisis in the late '90s, was also at the conference.
This is him giving a speech -- and HE says once there are signs of reunification, fund managers from around the world will jump at the chance to invest in Korea, and that Korea's stock market would grow significantly.
But experts at the conference DID warn that South Korea's rising debt could be a problem, as the costs of reunification could add to it.

Let's go over now to exclusive coverage by the Joongang Ilbo on Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The headline reads, "Where Abe Said Contaminated Water Was Contained, Radiation Detector Goes Off "Beep, Beep, Beep."
The paper sent out one of their journalists -- the man you see here standing with the special mask and radiation detector -- to check on the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, three years after the disaster.
Sitting 100 meters away from the nuclear power plant on a boat,.. the radiation detector showed a reading that was 110 times higher than the normal rate.
Surprising,.. given that this area is within the zone that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had claimed was SAFE from the effects of radiation.
Three years since the nuclear disaster,.. and still periodic reports of contaminated water leakage.
It's about time the Japanese government and the rest of world deserve an honest assessment of the disaster.

Let's finally go on over to the , which ran a story on the intensive education system facing children here in Korea.
The title reads "Stop by After Private Institution, On the Swing Alone 'Bored Again' at Playground."
The title of course describes the photo right below, where you see a girl playing alone at a playground in Seoul.
The paper tells us that this scene remained pretty much the same for the entire day.
Where are they then?
Let's zoom in closer on this article, which shows a timetable for a second-grade elementary student here in Seoul.
Ji-yeon's school day ends at one-thirty PM, but after just thirty minutes of rest seen here in yellow, her day begins all over again when she attends an English language academy and Taekwondo class, and the time at home after all that? Spent doing homework.
The paper sites experts who say that jam-packed schedules like this, which are common among children, make them more prone to depression and aggressive behavior.
A change in the education paradigm seems to be an urgent need.
Now, that wraps up your look at some of the eye-catching stories in the press this week.
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