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[Voice] Is the minimum wage high enough?

Four subway rides, a newspaper and packet of cigarettes, or one Big Mac: That is what a minimum-wage worker can buy after an hour on the job, and have change of a couple of hundred won. The minimum h...

Updated : 2013.09.09 20:28

[Voice] Is the prostitution law enforced?

In Korea, an establishment selling sex is rarely more than a short walk or mouse click away. Such is the visibility of massage parlors, room salons and karaoke joints that facilitate prostitution tha...

Updated : 2013.09.02 21:35

[Voice] Does the Constitution need changing?

In an atmosphere of intense dispute and division, the issue of constitutional revision would seem to be a rare source of agreement across the political aisle. Both then-Saenuri Party candidate Park ...

Updated : 2013.08.26 20:36

[Voice] Should euthanasia be legal?

If there is a right to life, is there also a right to die? That is the question the National Bioethics Committee sought to answer in a recommendation at the end of July that terminally ill patients a...

Updated : 2013.08.19 20:11

[Voice] How important is national image?

Korea cares what you think of it. That was ostensibly the message conveyed to the world in the announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last month that it would survey 50 countries’ citizens ...

Updated : 2013.08.12 20:09

[Voice] Are international sports meets worth it?

A quarter of a century later, the 1988 Seoul Olympics are still remembered as a defining moment of modern Korea’s arrival to the international stage. The Games offered the country a chance to show ...

Updated : 2013.08.05 20:16

[Voice] How early should kids learn English?

Korea’s English fever is well known. Despite a free public education system ranked among the best in the world, Korean parents spend some 20 trillion won ($18 billion) on private education each year...

Updated : 2013.07.29 19:41

[Voice] Does Korea have an obesity problem?

The figure sounds alarming: Almost 1 in 4 Seoul citizens are not just overweight, but obese. So reported Seoul Metropolitan Government last month with the release of a survey of more than 23,000 resi...

Updated : 2013.07.22 20:19

[Voice] Are international students adapting to Korea?

The number of students from abroad choosing to study in Korea has risen considerably in recent years as the country has become increasingly internationalized. There were almost 90,000 foreign exchan...

Updated : 2013.07.15 19:43

[Voice] How can Korea recover lost artifacts?

Korea’s long cultural history is an often invoked source of pride for its citizens. But such pride often comes tinged with a sense of regret: Much of what the nation identifies as its cultural herit...

Updated : 2013.06.24 19:55

[Voice] Are small suppliers treated fairly?

If all is fair in love and war, business can hardly be far behind in the ranks of unforgiving human endeavor. Increasingly, however, the public discourse has been less accepting of perceived unfairne...

Updated : 2013.06.17 20:18

[Voice] How restricted should personal info be?

Koreans often proudly proclaim that theirs is one of the most Internet-savvy societies in the world. While testament to the country’s prowess in information technology, such interconnectedness never...

Updated : 2013.06.03 20:27

[Voice] How can Korea be made cycle friendly?

From the right vantage point, it might be tempting to imagine there is a national love affair with the bicycle. Lycra-clad cyclists descend on the Hangang River in droves on any given weekend, while ...

Updated : 2013.05.20 21:00

[Voice] Should adultery be a crime?

Sixty years since it was enacted, the country’s law banning adultery is facing yet another constitutional challenge. For the sixth time since 1990, the Constitutional Court will next month begin del...

Updated : 2013.05.13 20:57

[Voice] How can Korea end plagiarism?

Korea’s education system, ranked second in the world in some assessments, has been feted far and wide. But its impressive ranking internationally obscures a less glorious reality at the country’s c...

Updated : 2013.05.06 20:01