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[Editorial] Earthquake in Nepal

More than 3,600 people have died in a massive earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, Saturday and officials warn that the figure could reach up to 5,000.The 7.8 magnitude earthquake is the worst such disaster to hit the Himalayan nation in more than 80 years ― some 8,500...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:06

[Editorial] Complete bed rest

Upon returning from a 12-day four-nation South American tour Monday, President Park Geun-hye accepted Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo’s resignation, offered on April 20 amid a growing bribery scandal in which he is implicated.Earlier in the day, the Blue House announced that the doctors had di...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:06

[Editorial] Practical alternative

Last week’s conviction of Seoul’s chief educator Cho Hee-yeon for running a smear campaign during the 2014 election has intensified calls for abolishing the popular direct election of regional education heads.The Seoul Central District Court fined Cho, superintendent of the Seoul Metropo...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:13

[Editorial] Ill-conceived proposal

The most urgent task President Park Geun-hye will address upon returning home Monday from her 12-day trip to South America is choosing the replacement for Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, who offered to resign a week ago amid a deepening graft scandal. She may well be more cautious and consider...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:12

[Editorial] Abe disappoints

Things are as usual with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government: Uttering vague words and phrases about Japan’s wartime past while their actions show clearly that they intend to pursue their goal of regaining the country’s honor.Abe’s speech at the Asian-African Summit in...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:38

[Editorial] Growing political chaos

It feels as though the country has been sucked into a black hole ― one created by the late businessman Sung Woan-jong’s memo implicating eight politicians in a growing bribery scandal.What began as a probe into the failed energy diplomacy during the Lee Myung-bak administration has now b...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:37

[Editorial] Corporate profitability

The earnings of Samsung Group and Hyundai Motor Group, Korea’s two biggest conglomerates, accounted for 81 percent of the total profits of the country’s top 30 business groups last year, up from 47.5 percent in 2010.The increased proportion may be viewed as showing Samsung and Hyundai ha...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:06

[Editorial] New nuclear accord

A new nuclear accord concluded between South Korea and the U.S. on Wednesday was described by the two sides as striking a balance between Seoul’s need for nuclear autonomy and Washington’s will to keep its global nonproliferation campaign uncompromised.A South Korean Foreign Ministry off...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:06

[Editorial] Navy sex crimes

Last week a Navy lieutenant colonel was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape of a female sergeant. It is alleged that the Navy lieutenant colonel attempted to sexually assault the sergeant after forcing her to have dinner with him, over which two bottles of soju were consumed. He is acc...

Updated : 2015.04.22 18:48

[Editorial] Pollution risks

In addition to the lows and highs as well as chances of precipitation, we ought to be paying attention to particle pollution forecasts as we prepare for the day. Not doing so could shorten your life.According to a recent study, air pollution, including particle pollution, is causing premat...

Updated : 2015.04.22 18:48

[Editorial] Prime minister’s fall

Giving in to mounting pressure, Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo tendered his resignation midnight Monday. President Park Geun-hye is expected to accept the resignation upon her return from a tour of Latin America on Monday.Given the circumstances, Lee would have had no choice but to step down. ...

Updated : 2015.04.21 20:33

[Editorial] Not merely bribery

The Sung Woan-jong scandal is basically a case of bribery, in which a business tycoon, who was greedy enough to take a parliamentary seat as well, offered illegal money to politicians to buy their influence.For now, the scandal is focused on Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and some other politi...

Updated : 2015.04.21 20:33

[Editorial] Dealing with Pyongyang

Seoul’s Defense Ministry on Friday came out strongly against North Korea for its renewed pledge to cling to its nuclear weapons program. A ministry spokesman said in a statement that Pyongyang’s possession of any nuclear arms cannot be accepted and South Korea’s military will respond st...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:18

[Editorial] Conscientious voices

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other right-wing Japanese figures seem to think time is on the side of their historical revisionism. While glossing over Japan’s militarist past and making no clear apology for its wartime atrocities, they may hope that the troubled history shared with neighb...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:17

[Editorial] All those lies

Politicians tend to lie. It is a common belief that one cannot become a successful politician without telling lies, which makes politics one of the professions that the public trusts least. The Sung Woan-jong scandal that has been pounding the political community confirms this public belie...

Updated : 2015.04.19 18:42