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[Editorial] Wholly unchecked

The Korean Veterans Association has been embroiled in a corruption scandal, plunging it into its biggest crisis since its establishment in 1952 in the midst of the Korean War.  The scandal surrounds its chairman Cho Nam-poong, a retired four-star Army general who was elected in April. A s...

Updated : 2015.07.31 18:20

[Editorial] Abe’s reality

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II draws closer, international pressure is mounting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his stance on the country’s wartime wrongdoings. This rightful pressure should be kept up until he comes to his senses and does what he ought to d...

Updated : 2015.07.31 18:17

[Editorial] Business as usual

Former Korean Air vice president Cho Hyun-ah’s name graced the headlines again, once again in connection to an unsavory incident. Cho, who earned global ignominy with “nut rage” -- an incident in which she physically and verbally abused the flight attendants and ordered the taxiing air...

Updated : 2015.07.30 17:11

[Editorial] Pyongyang visit

Former first lady Lee Hee-ho is scheduled to visit Pyongyang Aug. 5-8, an opportunity the government could use to engage North Korea. Although her final itinerary has not been confirmed, Lee is expected to visit a child care center, a maternity hospital and a children’s hospital as well ...

Updated : 2015.07.30 17:06

[Editorial] Never again

It certainly feels good to hear the government announcing that Korea is free from the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak that had kept the whole nation fretting for two months. Needless to say, it would have been better had authorities dealt with the contagious disease promptly in ...

Updated : 2015.07.29 18:32

[Editorial] More lawmakers?

The main opposition party’s proposal to increase the number of lawmakers has come under strong public criticism. It deserves scolding for, among other things, ignoring the prevailing public belief that the National Assembly is not doing its job well. The proposal, made by the New Politic...

Updated : 2015.07.29 18:24

[Editorial] NIS investigation

The National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung-ho’s closed-door briefing at the National Assembly produced, as expected, very different responses from the legislators attending the meeting. Lee asserted that the spy agency never conducted illegal surveillance of South Korean citizens,...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:17

[Editorial] Iran deal a lesson for N.K.

A flurry of talks are taking place over North Korean denuclearization following the recent conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal.On Monday, Sydney Seiler, U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks on North Korean denuclearization, met with his South Korean counterpart Kim Gunn, director ...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:15

[Editorial] Still idle

Fifteen months have passed since the Sewol ferry disaster shook the nation, and many Koreans may have recovered from the initial shock of one of the worst maritime calamities. But this does not mean that they could ease up on what they suffered and what they committed themselves to when th...

Updated : 2015.07.27 17:55

[Editorial] Do not repeat failure

The government and the ruling party have set labor reform as their top priority in the second half of this year. Under the agreement, the Saenuri Party has formed an ad-hoc committee to push the reform program.  There is no doubt that without reforming the notoriously rigid labor market, ...

Updated : 2015.07.27 17:53

[Editorial] Patient records leak

Medical information on nearly 90 percent of Korean population was sold as big data to a multination firm, raising concerns about safekeeping of the highly confidential information. A company specializing in developing medical fees settlement programs used by hospitals and the Korea Pharma...

Updated : 2015.07.26 18:03

[Editorial] Pardons for businessmen

Last Friday’s Blue House luncheon attended by 17 business leaders and heads of Centers for Creative Economy and Innovation supported by their companies was an occasion for the corporate top brass to talk directly with President Park Geun-hye. The luncheon meeting, held to celebrate the r...

Updated : 2015.07.26 17:54

[Editorial] Will they last?

President Park Geun-hye hosted a luncheon Friday for the heads of the 17 major conglomerates which are each supporting her signature project for promoting start-ups and venture firms in an equal number of major provinces and metropolises.The Blue House luncheon came two days after Park vis...

Updated : 2015.07.24 17:37

[Editorial] Rights watchdog

President Park Geun-hye has nominated senior judge Lee Seong-ho as chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission. If Lee goes through the parliamentary confirmation hearing, he will take helm of the nation’s top human rights watchdog next month.Park’s spokesperson said that the pre...

Updated : 2015.07.24 17:31

[Editorial] Internship guideline

Compounding the already dire problem of youth unemployment in Korea is the exploitation of interns.A Ministry of Employment and Labor survey of 151 randomly selected companies in the hotel, fashion, hairdressing and bakery sectors found that 103 companies had hired interns without a contra...

Updated : 2015.07.23 17:55