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[Editorial] Labor reform talks

It is welcome that the tripartite committee has resumed its negotiations for labor market reform, which had been in hiatus since April. The Federation of Korean Trade Union’s decision to return to the table paved the way for the resumption of the talks.  Heads of the three parties — Lab...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:49

[Editorial] Renewal of opposition?

The word “south-south conflict” describes the different — often opposite — positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.  The conflict escalates when there is a major crisis — like the North’s torpedo attack on th...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:47

[Editorial] Sex education in schools

The Education Ministry’s newly issued national standard on sex education should be thoroughly reviewed by experts and revised before it is used in schools. It took the Education Ministry some two years and 600 million won to prepare the manual on sex education that is being heavily criti...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Yet another Hangang plan

The central government and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly announced a master plan for the development of the Hangang River and its riverbank earlier this week, signaling the start of yet another large-scale attempt to exploit one of the capital’s major assets. The plan, which ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Unified stance

Speaking at a workshop for ruling party lawmakers Tuesday, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said the “biggest strength” that led to the inter-Korean breakthrough reached earlier in the day was that “the (South Korean) people stayed together.” Hong, who attended days of intensive hig...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:44

[Editorial] Elderly abuse

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy is pushing to enact a law designed to force people to take more responsibility in taking care of their elderly parents. The envisioned act would allow elders to take back assets given to children who neglect their caregiving obligatio...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:44

[Editorial] Simply wrong

Korean shipbuilders are a dominant force in the global market, with names like Hyundai Heavy, Daewoo and Samsung occupying the industry’s top posts in terms of orders received.   But the former darling of Korea Inc. is now in deep trouble, as the fleet of the world’s biggest shipbuildi...

Updated : 2015.08.25 17:43

[Editorial] After the crisis

It is a relief that South and North Korea reached an agreement to defuse the crisis that had brought the two sides close to a serious armed conflict.  The agreement is highlighted by the North’s expression of “regret” over the recent land mine blast in the DMZ and the promise of the So...

Updated : 2015.08.25 17:42

[Editorial] Unsolved murders

The enactment of the so called Taewan Law, which abolished the statute of limitations on murder cases, puts uncaught criminals and potential perpetrators on notice that they will not easily get away with their crimes and that they will eventually be caught and receive their just deserts. ...

Updated : 2015.08.24 18:03

[Editorial] Protracted talks

President Park Geun-hye vowed to continue with its propaganda broadcasts across the border unless North Korea offered a clear apology for the recent land mine attack and pledged not to carry out further provocations, while top negotiators from both sides continued talks that stretched into...

Updated : 2015.08.24 17:59

[Editorial] Defusing tensions

South and North Korea sought to find ways of defusing tensions on the peninsula at high-level talks that were resumed Sunday after being adjourned earlier in the day. The talks began Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjeom, an hour after the North’s deadline for the South to halt prop...

Updated : 2015.08.23 17:57

[Editorial] Shame on both

Former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook will be jailed Monday, four days after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that sentenced her to two years in prison for taking illicit political funds from a local businessman. The prosecution has postponed the execution of the sentence t...

Updated : 2015.08.23 17:48

Abe must ditch diluting line for true apology

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech last Friday, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, was keenly awaited upon for an apology. East Asian countries were critical, but for Japan locally, his enunciation was well received by the inference of polls c...

Updated : 2015.08.23 17:47

[Editorial] Cable car at Mt. Seoraksan

The latest proposal for a cable car to be installed at Mount Seoraksan National Park has deeply divided the proponents, who claim the cable car would boost the local economy, and the opponents, who argue the cable car would damage the environment and threaten gorals, an endangered goat-lik...

Updated : 2015.08.21 18:45

[Editorial] N. Korea provocations

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are high following North Korea’s firing of rockets across the border and South Korea’s subsequent return fire.  North Koreans fired several shells toward loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda and the South retaliated by firing dozens of 155...

Updated : 2015.08.21 18:38