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[Editorial] Hastily drawn plan

The new government plan for handling infectious diseases announced on Tuesday gives more power to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in dealing with outbreaks of contagious diseases. The most notable change is the elevation of the post of KCDC head to a vice-ministerial ...

Updated : 2015.09.03 17:58

[Editorial] More reunions necessary

When the Korean Red Cross and North Korea’s Red Cross Society meet on Sept. 7 to work out the details of the upcoming reunion of separated families, the issue of regularizing such reunions should be discussed as people separated by the Korea War are aging and in declining health. Accordi...

Updated : 2015.09.03 17:57

[Editorial] College restructuring

Nearly 80 percent of high school graduates enter college in Korea. Even if this proportion -- the highest in the world -- remains unchanged in the coming years, universities and colleges across the country will have increasing difficulty filling their rolls. Due to a low birthrate, the nu...

Updated : 2015.09.02 17:49

[Editorial] FTAs ratification

Data released Tuesday by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy showed Korea’s exports shrank at the steepest pace in six years in August, marking the eighth consecutive month of decline. Shipments abroad reached $39 billion in August, down 14.7 percent from the same month in 2014, th...

Updated : 2015.09.02 17:48

[Editorial] Eliciting Chinese action

When President Park Geun-hye leaves for Beijing today, it will not be with a light heart. The decision to attend China’s Victory Day celebrations, including the military parade, was reached after weighing the pros and cons of participating in the events that are being shunned by Western l...

Updated : 2015.09.01 17:54

[Editorial] Highest suicide rate

The latest OECD Health Statistics held dismal news for Korea. The country’s suicide rate stood at the top among the 25 of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states for which figures were available. The average suicide rate among the 25 countries stood at ...

Updated : 2015.09.01 17:54

[Editorial] Rebuilding momentum

Apparently emboldened by a rare inter-Korean deal on defusing tensions and promoting exchanges, South Korea’s top nuclear envoy last week expressed hope for fresh momentum in efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Speaking at a forum in Seoul on Friday, he expected the nuclear issue to be d...

Updated : 2015.08.31 17:29

[Editorial] Multicultural students

Figures released by the Education Ministry last week showed the number of children from multicultural families attending elementary, middle and high schools across the country stood at 82,536 as of April, accounting for 1.4 percent of all students. This represents a 21.7 percent increase f...

Updated : 2015.08.31 17:29

[Editorial] Chung’s contributions

In an interview with a local newspaper, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director Chung Myung-whun said that he would not renew his contract, which expires at the end of the year. His frustration with the continuing controversy surrounding his pay and alleged misuse of travel exp...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:42

[Editorial] Heavier punishment

Phone scammers got their just deserts when the Daegu District Court sentenced two men to six years in jail for setting up call centers in China and Korea that were used to defraud unsuspecting Koreans.  The court also handed down five-year and 4 1/2-year sentences to two others for their ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:41

[Editorial] Labor reform talks

It is welcome that the tripartite committee has resumed its negotiations for labor market reform, which had been in hiatus since April. The Federation of Korean Trade Union’s decision to return to the table paved the way for the resumption of the talks.  Heads of the three parties — Lab...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:49

[Editorial] Renewal of opposition?

The word “south-south conflict” describes the different — often opposite — positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.  The conflict escalates when there is a major crisis — like the North’s torpedo attack on th...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:47

[Editorial] Sex education in schools

The Education Ministry’s newly issued national standard on sex education should be thoroughly reviewed by experts and revised before it is used in schools. It took the Education Ministry some two years and 600 million won to prepare the manual on sex education that is being heavily criti...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Yet another Hangang plan

The central government and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly announced a master plan for the development of the Hangang River and its riverbank earlier this week, signaling the start of yet another large-scale attempt to exploit one of the capital’s major assets. The plan, which ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Unified stance

Speaking at a workshop for ruling party lawmakers Tuesday, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said the “biggest strength” that led to the inter-Korean breakthrough reached earlier in the day was that “the (South Korean) people stayed together.” Hong, who attended days of intensive hig...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:44