Koreas Young Population Halved Since 1980

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Korea's Young Population Halved Since 1980
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Korea's Young Population Halved Since 1980

This composite photo shows the contrast in the number of students gathered at the playground of a school in Boeun, North Cheongcheong Province in 1966 (left) and June this year.

Korea's young population between the ages of nine and 24 has almost halved since 1980, auguring serious trouble ahead.

The young population has fallen from 14.4 million in 1980 to just 8.5 million this year. It is expected to dwindle even further to 6.4 million in 2040 and 4.8 million in 2060, according to Statistics Korea. That means the proportion of people under 24 in the total population has dropped from a buoyant 39.1 percent in 1970 to less than one-sixth or 16.4 percent.

Jeon So Mi tells SM vocal trainer Jang Jin Young not to be disappointed because she's over him
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Jeon So Mi tells SM vocal trainer Jang Jin Young not to be disappointed because she's over him

Jeon So Mi's crush on SM vocal trainer Jang Jin Young is over.

The members of 'Unnies' Slam Dunk 2' met Jang Jin Young for the first time since his marriage news on the April 21 episode. The ladies congratulated the husband-to-be, but also jokingly said, "We need to open a hearing. You hid your marriage news from us."

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Jang Jin Young explained that he did not intend to hide it from the members and stated, "I had sang-gyun-rae (meeting of the families) when I was in the meetings with the show producers."

Han Chae Young transforms into a TWICE member on 'Unnies Slam Dunk 2'
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Han Chae Young transforms into a TWICE member on 'Unnies Slam Dunk 2'

The April 21 installment of KBS 2TV's 'Unnies Slam Dunk 2' featured the members dressing up as idol stars including TWICE, AOA, and Girl's Day.

Actress Han Chae Young came out wearing an outfit worn by TWICE member Tzuyu during their "Cheer Up" promotions.  

Seeing this, the members were amazed by the actress' slim figure saying, "That's no mommy figure," "She looks so pretty."

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Minzy especially complemented her with, "She looks like one of the cheerleaders rooting for Chicago's basketball team," making Han Chae Young blush.

Son Ho Young reveals how g.o.d members spent close to 200 million KRW on food
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Son Ho Young reveals how g.o.d members spent close to 200 million KRW on food

On the April 21 broadcast of 'Baek Jong Won's Top 3 Chefs', g.o.d's Son Ho Young appeared as a guest and mentioned how much the g.o.d members spent on food during a six-month period. "If I remember correctly, I think it was around 200 million KRW (176,000 USD)," he said, shocking the studio.

He then went on to explain, "We rarely got a chance to eat during our trainee days, one meal was the most."

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Hearing this, Chef Baek Jong Won asked, "Was it due to the financial crisis back then?" Son Ho Young replied, "That's correct. The IMF came to our office that time and caused quite a ruckus. Since we couldn't eat properly then, once we made our debut we vowed to 'never hold back on food expenses'. We even wrote in our contracts to 'not interfere when it comes to eating," he confessed, surprising the audience once again.

Actress Park Bo Mi Reveals All The Things Park Bo Young Did For Her
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Actress Park Bo Mi Reveals All The Things Park Bo Young Did For Her

Park Bo Mi, who played Do Bong Soons best friend in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, had nothing but love for her co-star Park Bo Young.

During an interview on April 17, Park Bo Mi revealed how she was able to successfully film her very first drama. Park Bo Young gave me so much strength. If it wasnt for her, it wouldve been really hard for me. She consistently helped me with my acting even though she was probably exhausted from filming all her scenes. There was one scene where I had to cry, but the tears just wouldnt come out. Park Bo Young then came over and gave me a hug, and I started bawling. She somehow has the ability to bring out my emotions, Park Bo Mi expressed.