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Elitism scandal engulfs would-be justice minister in South Korea

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By Kang Jin-kyu

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oh the ties between politics and tge judicial system, except when Japan is the being sued, then 'apparently' no ties....just sayin'

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"I have tried to be a 'reformist', but I humbly confess I was not stringent enough as a father," he told reporters.

Sounds like parents from all over the world who have "money" and "connections".

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Sounds like this government needs to do less Japan bashing, and more inner soul searching.

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This is like what's been going on in the U.S. with celebrities paying for their dumb, snotty kids to enter universities.

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Sh1mon M4sadaToday  01:03 pm JST

oh the ties between politics and tge judicial system, except when Japan is the being sued, then 'apparently' no ties....just sayin'

That's exactly what is happening. Separation of Judicial and executive power in Korea only exists when its convenient for the administration.

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Let’s hope your face is life in prison for his elitism ....

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It reminds me of the identical scandal involving the former President Park now in jail. The same fate awaits Moon? Ironically Cho was harshly criticizing Park.

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There are those with pride and those without.

With time, I found that those who went to non-private schools are more productive and trustworthy

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Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Having spent some time in Korea, I found corruption is deeply embedded in that society. No matter how much they preach that they are "clean", all ROK political parties; progressive, conservative, etc., are corrupt - since 1988, only one ROK President has not been jailed or committed suicide for allegations of corruption.

So this is not surprising - and now that one has fallen, no doubt more will be exposed.

Of course this will just make current Japan-ROK tensions even worse as the ROK government tries to divert attention by further stoking anti-Japan sentiment...

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@Stormcrow

This is like what's been going on in the U.S. with celebrities paying for their dumb, snotty kids to enter universities.

This is completely unfair. In the guy's defense, he also helped foreign nationals.

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Nothing here that you don't find in every other country. At least he's spent his life doing good for others as well.

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Moon has wanted to reform the prosecution authorities ever since, believing them to be overly politicised -- a cause Cho has vehemently supported.

These two wanted to limit prosecutor's ability to investigate corrupt politicians by pretending to be "one of the good guys" ... all the while, secretly trying to help their elite class buddies get away with more corruption behind closed doors. Sounds like Trump promising to "clean up the swamp" but just entrenching the power of those Republicans who were already (and still) in power in Washington. The "People's champions" are always wolves in sheep's clothing.

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Joe YanToday  02:57 pm JST

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  01:03 pm JST

oh the ties between politics and tge judicial system, except when Japan is the being sued, then 'apparently' no ties....just sayin'

That's exactly what is happening. Separation of Judicial and executive power in Korea only exists when its convenient for the administration.

YES. That's how you read this news!. So much for Korean separation of powers

Moon is basically trying to become a dictator to prepare entire SK to be united by master Kim.

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@JJ Jetplane

Fair enough. I certainly didn't mean to come across as meaning this was strictly an American problem. No, it doesn't matter where the kids of these celebrities or wealthy people are from. What does matter is that they think their kids can skip the barriers which have prevented many better and more qualified students from getting over. The whole idea of what these people do cheapens and degrades a university degree. Most of us here have studied hard to achieve what we've achieved, so it's very unfair when cheats (whoever's kids they are) like these get a Golden Ticket, or a free pass.

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Cho's biggest scandal seems the end of Moon regime.

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Tbe good thing is the SK is very unforgiven of scandals and already taking to the streets. Cho's nomination as justice minister is not going to happen and if logic is defied and it does happen the it will be political suicide by Moon and probably the begining of the end of his presidency.

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Elite families paying their children's way into good universities is not unusual in Japan. It's surprising how Koreans react to this kind of corruption. In Japan, no one ever talks about it.

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In Japan, no one ever talks about it.

Simple. Japan isn't a true democracy. Nails that stand out are hammered right back down.

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