[Editing] KAI expects record year with fighter project

ORIGINAL South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries grabbed a chance to boost its profile as it was chosen as a preferred bidder for a long-awaited homegrown 8.5 trillion won ($8.3 billion) fighter jet project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the country’s arms procurement agency, selected Monday the Korea Aerospace Industries, or KAI, as a preferred bidder for the he Korean Fighter Experimental aircraft project to develop the country’s mid-level jets to replace the aging F-4s and F-5s. “The KAI will lead the next generation fighter development project successfully based on its technology and experience accumulated with the development…

[Editing] State child care policy turns back on have-nots

ORIGINAL The Gender Equality Ministry has been seeking to inflate the success of its child care program by pushing to recruit families that do not require extra funding, while blanking those most in need. According to a public document released by the ministry last year, it offers separate incentives to those who recruit families whose financial standings are relatively stable. Families in those income brackets can be included in the ministry’s child care program without the need for extra government support, allowing it to claim that the uptake of child care has risen, without having to pay the extra cost…

[Editing] Gunman kills 3 in Sejong City

ORIGINAL Three people were killed Wednesday after a man fired a shotgun at them in Sejong City, according to police. A few hours after the incident, the assailant was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head. The shooting took place at around 8:10 a.m. The 50-year-old gunman, identified by his surname Kang, opened fire at a 50-year-old man who was about to get in his car to go to work. The victim is the elder brother of Kang’s ex-girlfriend surnamed Kim. Kang also shot Kim’s 74-year-old father residing near her brother’s house. He then moved to a…

[Editing] P.M. nominee apologizes for concerns, denies accusations

ORIGINAL Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan-koo apologized for causing concerns but denied allegations made against him by opposition lawmakers on Tuesday, as his two-day confirmation hearing began. Rep. Lee, the former floor leader of the governing Saenuri Party, was nominated by President Park Geun-hye to the Prime Minister’s Office late last month. But accusations that Lee had profited from real estate deals and blackmailed reporters have endangered his appointment. Lee will have to convince legislators that he deserves the government’s No. 2 job by Thursday, when a plenary vote will decide the politician’s fate. Lee’s failure to secure a majority…