[Editorial] Lax management

The country’s 30 major public corporations were saddled with a combined debt of 429 trillion won ($366 billion) as of the end of last year, according to data submitted by the Finance Ministry to a lawmaker last week. Over the pe...

[Editorial] Redrawing constituencies

Members on the parliamentary special committee on political reform have been sitting on their hands over the work to establish guidelines for redrawing electoral districts across the country. Irritated by the snail-paced progress...

[Kim Seong-kon] Korea’s very own ‘Hunger Game’ buried in oblivion

Recently, I watched the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy on TV. All three movies, “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” were irresistibly mesmerizing with Jennifer Lawrence playi...

[Robert J. Fouser] Millennial generation and Korea

If years had buzzwords, the one for 2015 in the U.S. would sure be “Millennial.” The news is full of stories about what the Millennial Generation likes and doesn’t like and how they are beginning to make their mark on society a...

The robotics Cambrian explosion

Recently, the news is full of stories about HUBO’s first-place victory at the 2015 DARPA Challenge, a contest in which the world’s most advanced robots compete for a $2 million prize. HUBO’s victory was a win not only for Korea...

[Jean Pisani-Ferry] Can the euro be repaired?

When Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, recently tabled the option of a Greek exit from the euro, he wanted to signal that no member could abstain from the monetary union’s strict disciplines. In fact, his initiative...

[William Pesek] Pennies won’t perk up Japan

Here’s one for the Freakonomics guys: Why aren’t Japan’s drum-tight labor markets leading to higher wages and inflation? When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embarked on one of modern history’s most audacious economic revival effor...

[Editorial] Golf lessons

Golfer Park In-bee achieved a career grand slam by winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open early Monday morning.Park, ranked first in the world, became only the seventh LPGA golfer in the world to win at least four different major...

[Editorial] Family feud

It is a story that is familiar to Korean drama viewers. Scions of an imaginary chaebol family fight a bitter battle over control of the company that the father or the grandfather had founded. Lots of backstabbing, behind-the-door ...

[Editorial] First step

Few expect that reforming the labor market is an easy task, especially considering the stubbornness and militancy of the unions and the liberal opposition which usually sides with radical labor activism.But the way the rival parti...

[Editorial] Looking to Blue House

During the past authoritarian governments, state prosecution was often exploited as a tool for suppressing the president’s opponents and critics. Businesses also fell victim to investigation by prosecutors acting under the comman...

[Doyle McManus] What are the options on Iran?

Ever since negotiators finished work on a nuclear agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama and his aides have been fending off critics with a recurring refrain: What’s the alternative? “There’s no alternative that you or an...

[Park Sang-seek] How peaceful will the world be 70 years from now?

In World War II, the aggressors became the losers and the defenders the winners. But both are responsible for the unprecedented damages to humanity caused by them. The greatest lesson both sides have learned is that war is harmful...

[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 ...

[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...