[Editorial] Legend or myth?

Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju belongs to a new breed of entrepreneurs who have engineered Korea’s information technology boom and built their own business empires. In many respects, Kim and his fellow IT gurus like Naver’s Lee Hae-j...

[Editorial] Chinese way

China, like many other countries, has many faces. It boasts the world’s second-largest economy, military power and advanced technologies in some sectors like aerospace. At the same time, China has yet to overcome backwardness in ...

[Bo Lidegaard] Hillary and the Scandinavian-American dream

This week, Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to accept her party’s presidential nomination and present its platform. When she does, she will define her vision of, among other things, ...

[David Ignatius] Can a rebuked China manage anger? 

China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: They’re making angry statements but taking little action while...

[Editorial] Probing prosecutors

The prosecution has been exercising exclusive authority to indict and control police investigations.The late President Roh Moo-hyun had tried to set up an independent entity in an apparent bid to check the power of prosecutors, bu...

[Editorial] Fast-aging Korea

Recent government data sounded the alarm on the need for South Korea to urgently brace itself for a rapidly aging society.  Statistics Korea said that the number of citizens aged 100 or older had surged 72 percent from 2010. The ...

[Kim Seong-kon] What if humans were perceived as a virus?

It is so hot and humid these days that the weather forecast says, “Earth is like a furnace.” In fact, Earth seems to be gradually turning into an inhabitable place.While watching a Hollywood movie on TV recently, I heard a persu...

[Lee Jae-min] Time to take hands off the wheel? 

Self-driving cars are destined to be the first seismic change for automobiles since Ford introduced affordable cars in 1908. Granted, automation is already part of driving. Think about all the cruise control, blind-spot monitoring...

[Editorial] Wave of protectionism

Amid the rising tide of protectionism, a growing number of Korean companies are becoming the targets of protectionist measures in their major overseas markets, including the United States and China.Last week, the U.S. government t...

[Editorial] Extra budget

The National Assembly is set to begin deliberations on the government’s 11 trillion-won ($9.64 billion) supplementary budget bill.The extra budget is part of the government’s 28 trillion-won fiscal spending package aimed at prop...

[Cass R. Sunstein] Appeals to fear don’t work in U.S. elections

Donald Trump last night offered a funhouse mirror version of one of the greatest speeches in American history: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, in 1933. In the midst of a genuine crisis, the Great Depression, ...

[Robert J. Shiller] Global economy’s hesitation blues

Economic slowdowns can often be characterized as periods of hesitation. Consumers hesitate to buy a new house or car, thinking that the old house or car will do just fine for a while longer. Managers hesitate to expand their workf...

[Shlomo Avineri] The strange death of Turkish secularism

The aftermath of Turkey’s failed military coup raises a fundamental question: Will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue to pursue his authoritarian path, perhaps with a vengeance, or will he reach out to his opponents and atte...

[Editorial] Too vulnerable

Korea is not the only country where corruption in sports often becomes a hot social issue. But match-fixing scandals that hit the nation’s professional sports intermittently show that the issue requires greater attention from law...

[Editorial] Trump and Korea

Every U.S. presidential election matters to the world. This year’s election matters much more than any previous election – due mainly to a man who is calling for drastic changes to American policies, not least those on security ...