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[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, but failed due to tough resistance from the prosecution and co...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:28

[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 figure showed that 3,159 centenarians were living in the cou...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:28

[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 took a series of harsh measures against Korean exporters. Not...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:38

[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 propping up the faltering economy and easing the fallout from th...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:38

[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-enforcement authorities, sports governing bodies and manage...

Updated : 2016.07.24 18:04

[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 and free trade. By now, the whole world knows that the “Ame...

Updated : 2016.07.24 18:03

[Editorial] Disregard for law

The ruling Saenuri Party can hardly be seen as a respecter of the law, as its leaders are turning a blind eye to allegations that close aides to President Park Geun-hye illegally intervened in candidate nomination for the April 13 general election.Earlier this week, a local news outlet rev...

Updated : 2016.07.22 18:10

[Editorial] Gaming culture

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has come up with a new set of measures to promote Korea’s slumping game industry.Dubbed “A Five-Year Plan to Enhance the Gaming Culture,” the new measures focus more on creating a healthy gaming culture than supporting game developers. The pol...

Updated : 2016.07.22 18:09

[Editorial] Losing weight

Obesity has become a social concern that needs the attention of government officials, politicians, as well as individuals. One does not need the authorities to explain why being overweight is becoming a global phenomenon: People are consuming more calories, sugar and fat. They live in an i...

Updated : 2016.07.21 16:49

[Editorial] Under siege

It is obvious that President Park Geun-hye is under siege. She faces hostility on many fronts -- the media, opposition parties and even ruling party members as well as residents from a region that had previously been loyal to her. First, the controversy over one of her most trusted Blue Ho...

Updated : 2016.07.21 16:48

[Editorial] Gender inequality

Two years ago, the government established a task force, composed of major conglomerates and civic groups, on narrowing the nation’s gender gap and increasing women’s participation in the workforce.Despite the effort, South Korea still has an enormous gender gap, with the World Economic F...

Updated : 2016.07.20 16:51

[Editorial] Internal conflict

Pyongyang has test-fired three ballistic missiles in an apparent protest against the Seoul’s decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in the southern county of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.Like military officials’ interpretation, the North’s missile launch...

Updated : 2016.07.20 16:47

[Editorial] Inconsistent policies

Since 2013, the Ministry of Education has sought to weed out poorly managed universities as demand for higher education is forecast to drop due to the falling population of high school graduates.Yet the ministry has made little progress thus far. Last month, Hanlyo University in Gwangyang,...

Updated : 2016.07.19 16:35

[Editorial] Reform the prosecution

Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong and Prosecutor General Kim Soo-nam apologized Monday over the arrest of Jin Kyung-joon, a senior prosecutor, for taking bribes from a leading online games firm. On Sunday, Jin became the first high-ranking prosecutor in the 68-year history of the nation’s ...

Updated : 2016.07.19 16:33

[Editorial] THAAD disputes

The latest developments surrounding the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system here are exposing problems this country faces whenever it confronts an issue like this: incompetent government, populist politicians and selfish residents.The primary blame for the U.S. ant...

Updated : 2016.07.18 17:20