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[Jean Pisani-Ferry] The politics of young and old

If one considers some of today’s main challenges – including climate change, pensions, public debt, and the labor market – an obvious conclusion emerges: It is relatively much worse to be young tod...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:13

[Kim Ji-hyun] ‘Geunhyenomics,’ or the lack thereof

The eponymous “Abenomics,” a set of reform plans named after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, frequently turns up in the world’s media. But nobody ever refers to “Geunhyenomics” for South Kor...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:09

Syria and neighbors need peace talks to work 

Most of the world has a stake in the success of the talks on Syria which have begun in Geneva, Switzerland, weak though their prospects for success may appear to be. First of all has to be the importance of the matter for the Syrians themselves. An estimated 320,000 of them have died so f...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:05

[Editorial] Vacation risks

Lunar New Year vacation will be from Saturday to Wednesday for most Korean citizens, a large portion of whom will meet with family and relatives. Some Koreans will make trips abroad while there is also an expected influx of inbound tourists to Korea, in particular from China.  Economic p...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:02

[Editorial] TPP pressure

Some trade-related agencies and businesses in South Korea seem to be ill at ease over the nation’s absence from talks for the Obama administration-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership, a kind of regional economic bloc. Concerns are being raised after 12 potential members — including Japa...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:00

[Editorial] North Korea ups the ante

North Korea has demonstrated its determination to up the ante in its confrontation with the United States and the world community by deciding to push ahead with a long-range missile test later this month. The North has notified international maritime and telecommunications agencies of its...

Updated : 2016.02.04 17:18

[Editorial] Performance culture

As part of its labor reform campaign, the government is set to launch a drive aimed at transforming the wage systems of domestic financial institutions. As a first step, the Financial Services Commission is pushing to introduce performance-based pay to the nine state-invested financial ins...

Updated : 2016.02.04 17:17

[Kim Ji-hyun] Courtesy makes for a pleasant life

It’s pretty common knowledge that Japanese people are polite.  But it’s not just that. Not just the gestures. It’s more about the way people interact.  The basis is rather simple. It’s actually ...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:50

[Kim Myong-sik] Fragmented Korean partisan politics 

It appears that North Koreans are ready to launch another rocket to demonstrate that they can send a nuclear warhead to any target in the world.  American and Japanese security officials have been tr...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:47

[Editorial] Enemy within

On Tuesday, Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo and his supporters officially launched the People’s Party, a breakaway group from The Minjoo Party of Korea, the main opposition party.  The party put forward many nice words -- like political reform, politics for the people and a healthy and strong third p...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:45

[Editorial] Caviar bill

It is not rare for our public officials and executives of commercial firms to use their corporate cards for wrong purposes. Yet the case of the former CEO of Arirang TV-Radio channel leaves us speechless.  Bang Suk-ho stepped down as CEO of the nation’s sole English-language channel afte...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:44

[Robert J. Fouser] Is learning Korean difficult?

Foreigners who show an interest in learning Korean hear conflicting things from well-meaning native speakers. They are told that Hangeul is the easiest writing system to learn because it is the most s...

Updated : 2016.02.02 18:17

[Editorial] Shady conglomerate

A revelation from the Fair Trade Commission on Lotte Group is embarrassing the public again, following last year’s feud between the group founder’s two sons over taking the reins of the conglomerate. A noteworthy point was that founder Shin Kyuk-ho and his friendly powers — including f...

Updated : 2016.02.02 18:15

[Editorial] Upgrade legal services

South Korea is destined to open up its legal services market as mandated by the free trade agreements with the European Union and U.S. -- which took effect in July 2011 and March 2012, respectively -- within five years of their implementation. Last month, the issue came to the fore again ...

Updated : 2016.02.02 18:14

[Kim Seong-kon] Korea: a glittering land of literature and the arts

During the Korean War, and even as recently as the mid-1980s, few people knew where the Korean Peninsula was located. Sadly, Korea was an anonymous land, always left out from discussions about East As...

Updated : 2016.02.02 17:23