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[Yang Sung-chul] Whither Kim’s nuclear endgame?

On July 4th, America’s Independence Day, North Korea claimed that it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. What is self-evident now is that its weapons of mass destruction ...

Updated : 2017.07.26 17:02

[Editorial] Russian loophole

There are increasing signs that Russia and North Korea -- former Cold War allies -- are getting closer to each other. This could change geopolitics in the region and affect the international endeavors to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile belligerence. One palpable sign came at the UN S...

Updated : 2017.07.26 16:53

[Adam Minter] China’s war on foreign garbage

For more than 30 years, imports of recycled goods have fueled China’s manufacturing boom. On Wednesday, the government announced that it’d had enough. By the end of the year, it told the World Trade Organization, it would stop accepting most recycled plastics, paper, textiles and other p...

Updated : 2017.07.26 16:52

[Lee Jae-min] Will minimum wage hike step up automation?

As heralded, the minimum wage is being increased substantially by the Minimum Wage Commission. The commission is raising the minimum wage from 6,470 won ($5.80) per hour this year to 7,530 won next ye...

Updated : 2017.07.25 17:32

[Kim Seong-kon] SJWs rampant in South Korea

Haruki Murakami lamented the lack of decency and common sense among the extreme right wing in Japan, in a recent email interview with his Korean publisher, Munhakdongne. He mentioned this while referr...

Updated : 2017.07.25 17:32

[Editorial] Ensure fairness

A government committee has been launched to plan and manage public debates which will decide the fate of two nuclear reactors: Shin Kori 5 and 6.However, as President Moon Jae-in has proclaimed a policy to wean the nation from nuclear power generation, the concern is that the commission ac...

Updated : 2017.07.25 17:32

[Li Junheng] China’s overextended consumers can’t stop adding debt

Macau has long been regarded as a barometer of China’s economic activities. This makes sense as long as much of China’s economy continues to be driven by construction and manufacturing. That’s beca...

Updated : 2017.07.24 18:11

[Jon D. Michaels] Trump aides want to re-privatize military

Fearful of repeating the foreign policy mistakes of the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, top Trump aides Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon have recently turned to Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg for help. According to a report in the New York Times, Prince, the founder of Black...

Updated : 2017.07.24 18:11

[Editorial] No hurry

North Korea continues to turn a cold shoulder to a series of rapprochement overtures by the administration of President Moon Jae-in, who was elected with a pledge to achieve reconciliation and peace on the Korean Peninsula. The North’s attitude calls on Moon and his aides to be patient an...

Updated : 2017.07.24 18:11

[David Ignatius] Is quiet persuasion more effective than shouting?

The Chinese government, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the internet: The best strategy may not be to confront critics directly, but to lu...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:48

[Daniel Moss] Japan’s struggles aren’t so unique

Victory in Japan’s battle with too-low inflation looks as elusive as ever. On Thursday, the Bank of Japan pushed back its estimate of when it’ll hit its 2 percent inflation target; the goal now won’t be reached until the year beginning April 2019, according to Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. The ...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:47

[Editorial] Prerequisites for tax hike

A debate on tax increases has been ignited.The government and ruling party raised the necessity of a tax hike. It came just a day after the unveiling of 100 policy tasks President Moon Jae-in will endeavor to do during his presidency. The team that listed them said they would be implemente...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:47

[Martin Schram] Rethinking Donald Sr. and Jr. and the secrets they keep

After all of the negative Trump news that’s been pouring over us, it’s time somebody in my biz said a good word or two about Donald Trump. In fact, both Donalds — senior and junior.Because in one s...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:19

[Adam Minter] China’s cashless revolution

On a recent trip to Shenzhen, in southern China, I came across a subway busker with two tip jars. The first was a cardboard box filled with coins and bills; the second was a small QR code taped to the box that allowed passersby to leave a tip by smartphone. On one level, this was simply sm...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:18

[Editorial] Problems of policy tasks

The 100 policy tasks recently revealed by President Moon Jae-in’s de facto transition team form a blueprint of what he will endeavor to do during his five-year presidency.They can be summarized into job creation creation, strengthening welfare and eliminating “evils.”The No. 1 policy ta...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:18