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[Editorial] Tantalizing goal

Korea’s per capita gross national income amounted to $28,180 last year, up 7.6 percent from the previous year, with its economy growing 3.3 percent, according to data released by the central bank this week. The robust increase in the dollar-denominated per capita GNI was attributed largel...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:34

[Editorial] Aged drivers

Traffic police here are on alert over a sharp increase in the number of road accidents involving elderly drivers. According to data from the National Police Agency, the total number of traffic accidents in the country decreased from 231,990 in 2009 to 223,552 last year, but the figure for ...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:33

[Editorial] Undue privileges

In the Korean court, there is a unique, yet very unwholesome practice ― judges and prosecutors give preferential treatment to cases handled by their former colleagues who have gone into private practice. Because of this advantage, retired judges and prosecutors have a higher rate of winni...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:15

[Editorial] Special inspector

The parliamentary judiciary committee approved on Tuesday President Park Geun-hye’s nomination of Lee Seok-soo as the first special inspector tasked with inspecting the president’s close relatives and senior Blue House aides. The parliamentary approval paves the way for Lee, a former pro...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:15

[Editorial] Resource diplomacy probe

The parliamentary probe into resource diplomacy hit a stumbling block with the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy unable to agree on the witnesses to be called for the parliamentary hearings scheduled to take place on March 31 and April 1, 3 an...

Updated : 2015.03.25 18:56

[Editorial] An Asian legend

A visionary leader who saw Singapore rise from a former colonial outpost to a global economic powerhouse, Lee Kuan Yew passed away Monday, leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to emulate.A lawyer by training, Lee entered politics in pre-independent Singapore and became its first prime...

Updated : 2015.03.25 18:56

[Editorial] Honor of Navy

Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the North Korean torpedo attack on the Cheonan corvette in the West Sea, in which 46 officers and sailors perished in the dark waters. As in the past four years, Koreans will solemnly pay tributes to the patriots who sacrificed their lives in the def...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:48

[Editorial] As elusive as ever

It is often said that Koreans are not good at negotiations or compromise. As a matter of fact, social pacts and grand social compromises that require concessions from all parties are rare in Korean society. But hopes had been a little higher than usual when two panels ― one for reform of ...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:47

[Editorial] Boosting the economy

Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan last week announced his third stimulus package since taking office in July to help boost the economy. Markets have remained skeptical about its effectiveness ― with good reasons.The stimulus calls for frontloading 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in fiscal ex...

Updated : 2015.03.23 19:05

[Editorial] Rezoning constituencies

The thorniest task facing the parliamentary special committee on political reform, which was set up last week, may be rezoning the 246 electoral districts ahead of the next general election in April 2016.The main guidance for the rezoning work will be last year’s ruling by the Constitutio...

Updated : 2015.03.23 19:04

[Editorial] Abe at U.S. Congress

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress during his visit to the U.S. at the end of next month, becoming the first Japanese leader ever to do so.Abe’s speech would be a diplomatic coup for Japan which had, in the past, unsuccessfully att...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:20

[Editorial] Trilateral summit

Korean Foreign Minister Yun Bung-se, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met in Seoul on Saturday, convening the annual trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting for the first time in three years ― a much needed occasion as the Northeast Asian region...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:19

[Editorial] Our poor youths

The outcry over the narrow job market has been long growing, especially for our young people. But latest data show that the problem is getting worse. The government’s statistics office said that the nation’s overall jobless rate stood at 4.6 percent last month, the highest since the rate...

Updated : 2015.03.20 18:53

[Editorial] Usual tactics

North Korea is again resorting to mean tactics over the South Korean businesses operating in the Gaeseong industrial park ― making or threatening a unilateral decision, insisting on excessive demands, and rejecting negotiations. The latest trouble surrounds the North’s decision last mont...

Updated : 2015.03.20 18:53

[Editorial] High time for decision

The “strategic ambiguity” Seoul pursued with regards to the issue of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery on the Korean Peninsula appears to have lost its validity in light of recent developments.For the past two years, the Park Geun-hye government stuck to its position of “no re...

Updated : 2015.03.19 19:59