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[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

[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

[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

[Editorial] Same kind of politics

First thing that Kim Jong-in did after he became the interim leader of the main opposition party Thursday was to breach a bipartisan agreement.  The Minjoo Party of Korea agreed with the ruling Saenuri Party on Jan. 23 to pass two bills, one on revitalizing the economy and the other on N...

Updated : 2016.02.01 17:05

[Editorial] Regulatory barriers

Under the vision of making Korea a “creative economy,” the government has been striving to foster new businesses based on creative ideas and emerging technologies. Yet the government’s efforts are seriously hampered by Korea’s regulatory backwardness. The Korean Chamber of Commerce an...

Updated : 2016.02.01 17:04

[Editorial] Merited punishment

The court handed out verdicts in two prominent cases Friday - one involving an American citizen charged with murder and the other a former prime minister charged with corruption — and both deserve credit for establishing justice, which is sometimes tricky.   The first case involves Arth...

Updated : 2016.01.31 17:17

[Editorial] Looking backward

As political parties gear up for the April 13 general election, some negative aspects of Korean politics are rearing their ugly heads.  The already notorious factional strife within parties — between President Park Geun-hye’s loyalists and the “non-Parks” in the ruling party and betwe...

Updated : 2016.01.31 17:16

[Editorial] Missile provocation

North Korea is reportedly likely to carry out a long-range missile test in the near future. Japan’s Kyodo News agency, quoting a Japanese government source, reported Thursday that the launch could come as early as in a week. Seoul’s Defense Ministry, which neither confirmed nor denied th...

Updated : 2016.01.29 16:57

[Editorial] Blinded by self-interest

The results of the second telemedicine trial project are in. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said more than 80 percent of the patients who received telemedical care expressed satisfaction. Encouraged by the outcome, the ministry plans to launch another trial project next month on a much...

Updated : 2016.01.29 16:55

[Editorial] Gateway to insecurity

The case of a Chinese couple who broke through security at Incheon International Airport should ring alarm bells, and very loud.  The case, in which the two passed through at least four layers of airport security in 14 minutes, followed the ruckus generated by the breakdown of the airport...

Updated : 2016.01.28 18:12