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[Editorial] Talks on sex slavery

Korea and Japan have resumed the diplomatic dialogue that had been suspended following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in December. Diplomats from the two countries met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the Japanese imperial army’s coercion of Korean wome...

Updated : 2014.04.18 21:13

[Editorial] Manmade disaster

The ferry that sank off the nation’s southern coast Wednesday with 475 passengers on board again brought home to us the lack of safety awareness prevalent in Korean society.The main cause of the tragedy has yet to be determined but investigators suspect that the 6,325-ton ferry Sewol lost...

Updated : 2014.04.18 21:12

[Editorial] Regulating tobacco

Smoking is an everlasting subject of debate. The debate usually concerns just how harmful it is to human health and the extent to which the tobacco industry should be regulated. This longstanding debate has been intensifying in Korea lately in the wake of two landmark litigations, one of w...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:37

[Editorial] Paygo rules

The government has announced a package of measures to reduce the fiscal deficit that has been threatening the sound management of the national economy. The measures, announced earlier this week, include plans to reduce the number of government-funded projects by 600, or 10 percent, over th...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:36

[Editorial] Trilateral coordination

Seoul and Tokyo have been stepping up three-way security consultations with Washington ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia next week.Senior defense officials from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan plan to hold a two-day meeting starting on Thursday in Washington. Last week, ...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

[Editorial] Lessons for security

It was a belated but due step for opposition leader Kim Han-gil to issue a warning Tuesday to a party lawmaker who downplayed the Defense Ministry’s probe into the three crashed drones recently found in inter-Korean border areas as “comedy.”Rep. Jung Cheong-rae of the New Politics Allia...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

[Editorial] Bottomless vessels

The pension funds for public servants and soldiers are like bottomless vessels. The government has to keep pouring money into them as payouts far exceed contributions. Reform of the two underfunded pension schemes is urgent, as their deficits have been snowballing due to the continued incr...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:42

[Editorial] Obstructive parliament

Among the 16 standing committees of the National Assembly, the most unproductive one is the Science, ICT, Future Planning, Broadcasting and Communications Committee. Surprisingly, the committee has not passed a single legislative bill in the past eight months.The committee’s long name sug...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:42

[Editorial] Protect our children

The two recent cases in which children lost their lives at the hands of their stepmothers broke the hearts of many people. These cases should serve to bolster our efforts to protect children from domestic violence and other dangers. It was truly painful to learn about the details of the tw...

Updated : 2014.04.14 20:02

[Editorial] Bad Bill of the Year

The primary authority and power of lawmakers comes from Article 40 of the Constitution: “The legislative power shall be vested in the National Assembly.” Under the Constitution and relevant laws that protect and guarantee the National Assembly’s exclusive right to make laws, its members...

Updated : 2014.04.14 20:02

[Editorial] Profiting from repression

Tear gas has not been used by police to disperse protesters in Korea since 1999. The decision to ban its use was made by the government of late liberal President Kim Dae-jung, who had devoted his political life to the country’s pro-democracy movement.Over the decades before the military-b...

Updated : 2014.04.13 19:43

[Editorial] Japan’s constitution

Japan’s conscientious civil society members last week got a significant boost to their campaign for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the country’s postwar pacifist constitution. A group formed to recommend the Japanese people as prize candidates for their efforts to maintain the constit...

Updated : 2014.04.13 19:42

[Editorial] Stem N.K. provocations

Tension is running high on the peninsula over the North Korean threat of another nuclear test. A U.S. think tank said its examination of tunnel construction work at the nuclear test site in Punggyeri indicates that the North is ready to conduct “successive” nuclear bomb tests. North Kore...

Updated : 2014.04.11 20:17

[Editorial] Brain drain

Human capital is one of the most important factors in determining the competitiveness of a nation. It is against this backdrop that governments try to recruit and retain highly educated professionals. It is depressing, therefore, to learn that Korea is suffering from a serious brain drain,...

Updated : 2014.04.11 20:17

[Editorial] Dual approach

Top envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan warned North Korea not to take further provocative steps at talks in Washington early this week. The three countries agreed to make “united and effective” efforts to prevent the North from making further provocations, according to South Kor...

Updated : 2014.04.10 20:36