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[Editorial] Lessons from Japan

The number of foreign tourists to Japan has been on a sharp increase this year, helping boost the world’s third-largest economy at a time when it is struggling with sluggish domestic consumption.In the first 10 months of the year, more than 11 million foreign travelers visited Japan, brea...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:03

[Editorial] N.K. rights act

The two main political parties are to submit their separate bills aimed at helping improve North Korea’s dire human rights conditions to a parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and unification Monday. The committee chairman, Rep. Yu Ki-jun from the conservative ruling Saenuri Party, ...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:03

[Editorial] Illegal Chinese fishing

The reorganization of the Korea Coast Guard should be the start of a more rigorous policing of our waters against illegal fishing by the Chinese.Illegal fishing in the West Sea is at its height ahead of the December to March ban on catching blue crabs. According to the Korea Coast Guard in...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:27

[Editorial] Act honorably

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still does not get it: The best way to regain the country’s honor is to own up to its history and sincerely apologize for its past wrongdoings.In an interview with the conservative daily Sankei Shimbun published Thursday, Abe noted that Japan’s honor h...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:27

[Editorial] Milestone resolution

North Korea’s isolated and impoverished regime has sought to secure its survival by building a nuclear arsenal and placing its people under harsh control.Its adherence to nuclear and ballistic missile programs has led to international economic sanctions, deepening the predicament of the r...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:12

[Editorial] Low-paid workers

Figures released this week by the national statistics office showed deteriorating employment conditions for low-income earners.While a growing number of workers have been paid less than the minimum wage in recent years, the number of day laborers has been on a steady decrease, according to...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:12

[Editorial] Virtual bribery

The news about the long lines of people holding envelopes of cash at the wedding of the child of a senior Financial Supervisory Service official testifies to the nation’s elite’s ethical standards. The news reports said that many of the estimated 600 guests at the wedding of the daughter...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:59

[Editorial] Concerns and hopes

Presidential appointments of senior government officials usually face meticulous scrutiny from the public and the parliament. The latest round of appointments made by President Park Geun-hye must be even more tightly screened because the posts carry extra significance. The appointments inv...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:59

[Editorial] Accident waiting to happen

The fire at a pension in Damyang, South Jeolla Province, on Nov. 15 that claimed four lives and injured six others, including one who is in critical condition, is a stark reminder of how, despite the tragedy of the Sewol ferry disaster, Korea has yet to make safety a priority.Firefighters ...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:05

[Editorial] Park’s 3-way summit proposal

President Park Geun-hye appears to have gained an upper hand on the Northeast Asian diplomatic stage with the proposal of a summit meeting of the leaders of Korea, China and Japan.The proposal was made in Myanmar on Nov. 13 during the ASEAN Plus Three summit. Only a few days earlier, Park ...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:05

[Editorial] N.K. special envoy

A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embarked on a weeklong trip to Russia on Monday as Kim’s special envoy. Choe Ryong-hae, a senior secretary of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to deliver a letter from Kim...

Updated : 2014.11.17 21:10

[Editorial] Compassionate ruling

The courtroom should be the last place where money talks. Many Koreans, however, remain skeptical about whether this saying applies to the local judicial system as they have seen some rich and influential people receive relatively lenient punishments for their crimes.Their skepticism of ju...

Updated : 2014.11.17 21:09

[Editorial] It gets gloomier

Korea’s labor market is getting worse as more firms are shedding jobs and cutting hiring due to economic difficulties. The situation is so grave that some predict that the unemployment problem will become catastrophic next year.Downsizing already began in the first half of this year, with...

Updated : 2014.11.16 20:59

[Editorial] An annual affair

Politicians easily disappoint us, but one of the most frustrating things is that they are allowed to repeat their improper actions.One prime example of how old habits die hard is the way National Assembly members deliberate the state budget. They are keener on earmarking pork barrel projec...

Updated : 2014.11.16 20:58

[Editorial] Real jobless rate

Many Koreans have felt a widening discrepancy between official unemployment figures and actual perceptions. Jobless rates regularly announced by the national statistics office have been criticized by job seekers and some analysts as being understated. A new index introduced in the latest m...

Updated : 2014.11.14 21:26