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[Editorial] Abe’s ambiguity

In an interview with the Washington Post last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined the goals of his April trip. The tenor of the interview was that the U.S.-Japan alliance remained strong, based on both economic and security partnerships as well as the two countries’ shared u...

Updated : 2015.03.31 19:36

[Editorial] Growing sinkhole problem

Two sinkholes appeared in busy areas of Seoul on March 28, lending urgency to the problem of sinkholes, which threaten public safety.In Sinchon, a 15-ton truck fell sideways as the ground gave way below it, and in Samseong-dong a motorcyclist was injured when his motorbike hit a sinkhole. ...

Updated : 2015.03.31 19:36

[Editorial] Security cooperation

A senior Pentagon official last week reiterated Washington’s desire to further expand trilateral defense cooperation with Seoul and Tokyo beyond the military information sharing agreement concluded among them last year. David Shear, assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific secu...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:37

[Editorial] A valuable partner

Korea pledged to strengthen support for facilitating growth in Central and South American countries during this year’s Inter-American Development Bank board of governors meeting in Busan last week. The Finance Ministry unveiled a plan to offer $1.1 billion in policy funds to help finance ...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:36

[Editorial] AIIB and Korea

In many respects, South Korea’s decision last week to participate in the China-led new regional infrastructure development bank was sensible. The decision, made eight months after Beijing formally requested Seoul’s participation, however, does not mean that the Seoul government has solve...

Updated : 2015.03.29 18:13

[Editorial] Unfit corruption busters

Investigators raided the home of Park Bum-hoon, former Chung-Ang University president, and several other places Friday on suspicions that he exerted influence on government officials to favor the university when he served as a top presidential aide. The probe into Park, who served as the s...

Updated : 2015.03.29 18:13

[Editorial] Tantalizing goal

Korea’s per capita gross national income amounted to $28,180 last year, up 7.6 percent from the previous year, with its economy growing 3.3 percent, according to data released by the central bank this week. The robust increase in the dollar-denominated per capita GNI was attributed largel...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:34

[Editorial] Aged drivers

Traffic police here are on alert over a sharp increase in the number of road accidents involving elderly drivers. According to data from the National Police Agency, the total number of traffic accidents in the country decreased from 231,990 in 2009 to 223,552 last year, but the figure for ...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:33

[Editorial] Undue privileges

In the Korean court, there is a unique, yet very unwholesome practice ― judges and prosecutors give preferential treatment to cases handled by their former colleagues who have gone into private practice. Because of this advantage, retired judges and prosecutors have a higher rate of winni...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:15

[Editorial] Special inspector

The parliamentary judiciary committee approved on Tuesday President Park Geun-hye’s nomination of Lee Seok-soo as the first special inspector tasked with inspecting the president’s close relatives and senior Blue House aides. The parliamentary approval paves the way for Lee, a former pro...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:15

[Editorial] Resource diplomacy probe

The parliamentary probe into resource diplomacy hit a stumbling block with the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy unable to agree on the witnesses to be called for the parliamentary hearings scheduled to take place on March 31 and April 1, 3 an...

Updated : 2015.03.25 18:56

[Editorial] An Asian legend

A visionary leader who saw Singapore rise from a former colonial outpost to a global economic powerhouse, Lee Kuan Yew passed away Monday, leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to emulate.A lawyer by training, Lee entered politics in pre-independent Singapore and became its first prime...

Updated : 2015.03.25 18:56

[Editorial] Honor of Navy

Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the North Korean torpedo attack on the Cheonan corvette in the West Sea, in which 46 officers and sailors perished in the dark waters. As in the past four years, Koreans will solemnly pay tributes to the patriots who sacrificed their lives in the def...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:48

[Editorial] As elusive as ever

It is often said that Koreans are not good at negotiations or compromise. As a matter of fact, social pacts and grand social compromises that require concessions from all parties are rare in Korean society. But hopes had been a little higher than usual when two panels ― one for reform of ...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:47

[Editorial] Boosting the economy

Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan last week announced his third stimulus package since taking office in July to help boost the economy. Markets have remained skeptical about its effectiveness ― with good reasons.The stimulus calls for frontloading 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in fiscal ex...

Updated : 2015.03.23 19:05