S Korea elects first woman president

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Boy oh boy! I can not wait to see who makes it into the South Korean BLUE HOUSE!

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    noriyosan73

    Is there any possibility that the "apology story" of the 20th century can be dismissed and sincere cooperation between two vital trading partners can occur in the 21st century? The clock only moves forward, and if the Mayans are correct, nothing will matter. The Mayan calendar is man-made and irrelevant.

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    smithinjapan

    Interesting... certainly more interesting than the Japanese election at any rate. Both candidates have an interesting family history, and if Park wins I hope indeed she fulfills the job's requirements adequately. I also hope that regardless of who gets in office, they can work not only to better ties with NK but also with Japan.

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    ubikwit

    Moon, 59, has been more aggressive than Park in his proposals for reining in the power of the giant family-run conglomerates, or “chaebol”, that dominate the economy.

    He sounds like the man for the job, I sure hope the Koreans put him in office.

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    Foxie

    Only 59.32 percent of voters participated in Sunday's House of Representatives election in Japan, the lowest turnout for a general election since the end of World War II, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry announced Monday.

    And already over 70% in Korea. I am all for Park Geun-Hye. Aja-Aja!

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    smithinjapan

    Foxie: To be a little fair to Japanese, imagine you had to go out and vote twice a year.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Wow! A woman, a KOREAN woman in the blue house there in Seoul, South Korea! Congratulations to Ms. Park Geun-Hye!! And by the way, I really do mean it!

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    SamuraiBlue

    I bet that Lee Myung-bak is trembling now like his predessesors in which his own party lost the presidential election. I wonder how much dirt the winning party will find on him?

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    smithinjapan

    Congrats to Ms. Park. Let's hope she can clean things up there and keep the country going on an upward path.

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    marcelito

    Wow ..a woman president in SK..congratulations! Perhaps in another couple of decades Japan might get over its politician = oyaji tradition and see a female PM also...won,t hold my breath though.

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    Pontepilate

    "Like a mother who takes care of her family...", that's a good one from a woman who is said to have never married and probably without children... Really hard to imagine what she knows about women taking care of their families...

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    Pontepilate

    Replace "takes care" with "dedicates"

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    Jimizo

    So a political blue blood reaches high office. Now where have I heard that one before?

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    letsberealistic

    Oh dear, first Korea beats Japan in getting to top of modern western pop charts, now Korea beats Japan to having a female leader. What's next? Any guesses?

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    Cos

    Scary.

    "Like a mother

    A Godmother ?

    Perhaps in another couple of decades Japan might get

    Yuko Tojo as Prime Minister ? That's the closest equivalent but Mrs Tojo has not " dictator's assistant" on her CV.

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    BurakuminDes

    Congrats to Ms Park! And congrats to Korea for leading the way for East Asia in electing a female leader. Dare I say certain cousins around Korea (Japan, China and Nth Korea spring to mind) could do with giving a female leader a chance - the blokes they all have are wretched, dull, uninspiring old incompetents - at best. Maybe Japan and China will catch up to Korea (and Canada/NZ/UK/Australia/Germany etc etc) in the next few decades?

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    Shi Yuehan

    Congratulations Park Geun-Hye....may you bring continued prosperity to the Land of the Morning Calm.

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    Patrick Hagger

    South Korea beats United States into having elected their first woman president

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    tokyo-star

    Hmmm...daughter of a military dictator, or human rights lawyer. I preferred the other guy. Let's just hope this lady is not like her dad.

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    cracaphat

    Just like Australia,but slightly different cuz Gillard wasn't elected,an unmarried,childless woman got into office.

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    JoeBigs

    Glad to see that Ms Park Geun-Hye won the election. Hopefully she will steer it further away from the PRC and DPRK.

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    Laurenço Iscariot Shells

    South Korea beats United States into having elected their first woman president

    And the US beat South Korea in electing the first male president

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    semperfi

    WONDERFUL to see a WOMAN in political leadership again in an eastern nation . . . . . . .

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    jeff198527

    More leftist nonsense. It's more important that a candidate is a woman than whether she's qualified. I

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    Thomas Anderson

    75% voter turnout, that is astonishing.

    However she is a staunch conservative, while her opposition was a human rights activist/lawyer.

    Just because she is a woman, does not mean that is a good thing... we'll see.

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    smithinjapan

    Cos: "Yuko Tojo as Prime Minister ? That's the closest equivalent..."

    Why, because her father was a dictator? That does not mean she will be, and I doubt very much she is like Tojo and denies the atrocities of the past.

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    Shiningfinger

    This is a SAD day for the republic of South Korea. Most Koreans are in a state of dispair/shock. half the nation voted for the human rights/lawyer who was serious about social welfare and cleaning up big corporations.

    Fact: the majority of people in their 20's 30's 40's educated voters all voted for Moon. The elderly crowd backed this woman. who is simply Unqualified to lead. On National Security, Unqualified Economic issues Unqualified, social/family issues Unqualified. She only started to discuss women's issues 6months ago. She has stated her first mandate is to remove the Independant Prosecutor's Investigative Office. So govt. corruption can have free reign. She isn't a reformer. And Korea needs political reform urgently.

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    ubikwit

    Nepotism rules in ROK!

    The Chaebols are enjoying this, no doubt...

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    m6bob

    I just hope she Madam President has the right kind of advisors to tell how to deal with the DPRK, ie be tough and unflinching with them.

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    cramp

    wow...landmark event, even more so that its in asia

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    devdave

    So she's a conservative, so actually a rightward turn for South Korea, first female president thing aside. I'm sure as a fellow political conservative, she and Abe will get along pretty well. (Or perhaps the opposite!)

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