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[William Pesek] Japan’s backward reform drive

For Abenomics bulls who still hold out hope that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to make good on his pledges to revitalize Japan, the past week must have been at least a little disconcerting.In that...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:20

Chernobyl factor in Ukraine crisis

LOS ANGELES ― Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in T...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

[Editorial] Trilateral coordination

Seoul and Tokyo have been stepping up three-way security consultations with Washington ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia next week.Senior defense officials from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan plan to hold a two-day meeting starting on Thursday in Washington. Last week, ...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

[Editorial] Lessons for security

It was a belated but due step for opposition leader Kim Han-gil to issue a warning Tuesday to a party lawmaker who downplayed the Defense Ministry’s probe into the three crashed drones recently found in inter-Korean border areas as “comedy.”Rep. Jung Cheong-rae of the New Politics Allia...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

Nudging taxpayers to do the right thing

Most Americans comply with the tax laws, but every year many of our fellow citizens don’t. The result is the “tax gap” ― the amount of revenue that the government loses because people are cheating. In one recent year, for example, the tax gap was $450 billion. That’s a lot of money ―...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

[Kim Myong-sik] Reports on North fail to exhibit good journalism

“Any report on the North is either a scoop or a fiction.” This is the sub-headline of an article in Kwanhun Journal 2014-Spring. The quarterly, published by the Kwanhun Club, a fraternity of senior ...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

What Greece could tell us about Ukraine

As tensions escalate in the eastern part of Ukraine, the country’s officials are in Washington looking to put the finishing touches on an agreement with the International Monetary Fund that provides immediate financial relief and opens the doors to help from others. Given the situation on...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

[Lee Jae-min] The tale of two conflicting laws

With the completion of the domestic proceeding in Moscow to annex the Crimean peninsula after the referendum on March 16, the debates have now moved on to the realm of law. The United States and the E...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:43

[Editorial] Bottomless vessels

The pension funds for public servants and soldiers are like bottomless vessels. The government has to keep pouring money into them as payouts far exceed contributions. Reform of the two underfunded pension schemes is urgent, as their deficits have been snowballing due to the continued incr...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:42

[Editorial] Obstructive parliament

Among the 16 standing committees of the National Assembly, the most unproductive one is the Science, ICT, Future Planning, Broadcasting and Communications Committee. Surprisingly, the committee has not passed a single legislative bill in the past eight months.The committee’s long name sug...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:42

India’s election won’t be decided on old lines

Last week, India embarked on what has repeatedly been hailed as the biggest electoral exercise in history. But the bigger grinding noise seemed to come from hundreds of electoral pundits as they cranked up the machinery of received ideas. India’s future, these portentous commentators decl...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:41

[Kim Seong-kon] Returning from the London Book Fair

Last week I went to London with some of Korea’s finest writers to participate in the 2014 London Book Fair, to which South Korea had been invited as the Market Focus country. Thanks to the recent pop...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:41

China’s Tibet conundrum: How to conquer a myth

Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There’s the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth.D...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:40

Jesus may have had a wife, on paper at least

Was Jesus married? Trust me when I say I have no dog in the fight. But yesterday, when I read an academic article by a Harvard Divinity School professor arguing for the authentic antiquity of a papyrus fragment that includes the phrase “Jesus said, my wife,” I was filled with awe and won...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:39

[Editorial] Protect our children

The two recent cases in which children lost their lives at the hands of their stepmothers broke the hearts of many people. These cases should serve to bolster our efforts to protect children from domestic violence and other dangers. It was truly painful to learn about the details of the tw...

Updated : 2014.04.14 20:02