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[Editorial] School start time

Korea’s education system often draws praise from world leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama being one of them. On several occasions, Obama lauded the role of Korean teachers as “nation builders” and the “longer hours” that Korean students spend in school.But the U.S. leader ignores th...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:15

[Editorial] Parliament’s duty

The National Assembly started its 100-day regular session Monday. Opposition members who had boycotted the parliament attended the opening ceremony, but it is still uncertain whether the legislature will begin normal operations soon. The annual parliamentary sitting, usually called “autum...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:15

[Editorial] Barracks culture

Starting Monday, enlisted men were allowed visits by families and friends on weekdays after work hours, in addition to the weekend visits. Soldiers posted at general outposts, who were previously not allowed visits, are now able to receive visitors on weekends. At some units, shared cellph...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:25

[Editorial] Flurry of diplomatic activities

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong’s visit to the U.S. in mid-September to give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, which convenes on Sept. 16, will be the first visit by the communist state’s foreign minister in 15 years.There are already speculations about the rare v...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:25

[Editorial] Welfare default

It was a matter of time for municipal governments across the country to reach the limit of their financial capacity to pay for their share of the costs needed to implement increased welfare programs.Heads of 226 small cities, counties and wards said in a press release last week that they w...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:46

[Editorial] Better employment system

It has been 10 years since the employment permit system was introduced to solve problems with the previous scheme for allowing low-skilled foreign laborers to work in Korea. As of June, about 470,000 foreigners were working here legally under the system adopted in August 2004.It has let pu...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:45

[Editorial] ‘One Asia’

North Korea said Thursday it would not send a cheering squad to the upcoming Incheon Asian Games, while reaffirming its plan to dispatch a 273-member delegation, including 150 athletes. The announcement by an official of the North’s National Olympic Committee appeared to reflect Pyongyang...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:40

[Editorial] Education on unification

A government survey released this week highlighted the need for more effective and systematic education about unification to give students a more positive perception of a reunified Korea.In the survey of 116,000 students at 200 elementary, middle and high schools across the country, 53.5 p...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:39

[Editorial] Ill-considered words

Kim Young-oh, the father of a Sewol victim, ended his 46-day hunger strike Thursday. In a radio interview, Kim said he was ending his fast at the insistence of his daughter and his mother. He realized that he needed to recover his strength to keep up a prolonged fight, he added. On Wednesd...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:10

[Editorial] Natural or manmade disaster?

The torrential rain that dumped more than 240 millimeters on Busan and the eastern part of South Gyeongsang Province Monday wrought great havoc, including 14 dead and missing, and led to the shutdown of the Kori-2 nuclear power plant as the rainwater flooded in.Parts of Busan, the country’...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:09

[Editorial] Visegrad Group

It was 25 years ago that South Korea set up its first diplomatic relations with a communist country. The establishment of formal ties with Hungary in 1989, which came months before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, prompted other Central and Eastern European countries to forge diplomatic re...

Updated : 2014.08.27 20:30

[Editorial] No political consideration

A government report released this week has rekindled controversy over the feasibility of a project to build a new international airport in the southeastern part of the country.The report said passenger traffic at Gimhae International Airport near the southeastern port city of Busan would h...

Updated : 2014.08.27 20:29

[Editorial] Electronic tags no panacea

A man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Gwangju last week was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet at the time. A few hours later, the man was involved in a car accident and brought to a police station. He was allowed to leave before the police discovered that he h...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:44

[Editorial] Park holds the key

The National Assembly has come to a halt as the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy lock horns over a special bill on Sewol. The parliamentary audit of state organizations scheduled to begin Tuesday did not take place as the NPAD boycotted the N...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:43

[Editorial] Vital alliance

During his meeting with South Korea’s national security adviser here last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work underscored Washington’s priority to restore balance to the Asia-Pacific region as well as the importance of its alliance with Seoul. In a separate news conference...

Updated : 2014.08.25 20:57