South Korean culture minister’s Apple iPad sparks criticism

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“South Korea’s culture minister, Yu In-chon, strode into a government briefing room Monday for what seemed to be a routine photo-op as his ministry announced a $50 million program to help develop the country’s budding electronic-books industry,” Evan Ramstad and Jaeyeon Woo report for The Wall Street Journal.

“But trouble came when Mr. Yu pulled out an Apple iPad, held it up and remarked about how nicely it displays electronic books,” Ramstad and Woo report. “The problem is, South Korea’s communications regulators haven’t approved the device for wireless networking in the country.”

Ramstad and Woo report, “Tech-industry bloggers pounced on Mr. Yu, criticizing him for using a device that isn’t even available in South Korea yet.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. For an entire month make him watch nothing but Britney, Whitney, or Lindsay videos on it.

    Or Leno. He sucks too.

    Yeh-heh-hehehessssss . . .

  2. @Snow Leopard maybe not a crappy Ford but maybe BMW or Honda

    @KenC Japan is more xenophobic than Korea. But you are right it did take ball to do that. Many markets like cars and electronics in Korea are dominated by Made in Korea Products. When it comes to electronics Apple is like the only foreign company that is prospering in Korea.

    I have also heard a RUMOR that Korea has imposed a Ban on the import of ipads into Korea. Similar to Israel except individuals can bring in their ipads into the country.

  3. So, we buy all these shitty SoKo cars and stuff, spend our funds to protect them from the meathead to their north, but they’re the last to approve the iPhone and iPad to run in their country. Huh?

  4. It’s dog eat dog in Korea.

    … maybe everyone eat dog?

    @Amazin1… you beat me to it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Shouldn’t he have a wide experance with computer devices so he can make informed desisions?

    I thought it was that country to the north that is kept in the dark!

  6. @ Bruce & Reese. They still eat dog in Korea even in big cities. They have restaurants that serve dog in various ways. There is nothing racist about saying Koreans eat dog…because they do…well most of them.

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