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[Editorial] Embarrassing lesson

The Health Ministry’s rejection of a Chinese firm’s plan to build a for-profit foreign hospital on Jejudo Island is a lesson that should not be lost on the government as it pursues a policy of broad deregulation.In an embarrassing fiasco, the ministry dismissed a proposal by China Stem C...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:45

[Editorial] Keep your hands to yourself

Former National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae has been summoned to appear at the police for questioning regarding a sexual assault complaint against him filed by a caddie.The 76-year-old Saenuri Party standing adviser is alleged to have sexually assaulted a female caddie during a round of ...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:44

[Editorial] Fastest-aging society

A recent study by the National Assembly Research Service forecast South Koreans will be extinct by 2750 if the nation’s fertility rate, which declined to a new low of 1.19 children per woman last year, continues to remain at the same level.A simulation in the study suggested that the coun...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:27

[Editorial] Self-justifying report

North Korea last week issued a rare report on its own human rights situation. The report rebutted international criticism of its rights record and defended the oppressive regime’s policies as guaranteeing the “genuine rights of the people.”The North went to extra lengths to explain the ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:27

[Editorial] Education cost

Korean parents are well known for their enthusiasm for their children’s education, which usually entails a heavy financial burden. The burden is so heavy that young people give up or delay marriage and childbirth, and baby boomers who had spent more than they could afford on the education...

Updated : 2014.09.14 20:19

[Editorial] N.K. at Asian Games

North Korean athletes have begun arriving here to attend the Incheon Asian Games opening later this week. The first batch of the 352-strong contingent arrived in Incheon aboard an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang last Thursday. There will be five more such groups of North Korean athletes, t...

Updated : 2014.09.14 20:19

[Editorial] As closed as ever

The Sewol ferry disaster in April raised public awareness of the importance of reforming the civil service. A key element in the reforms is shutting down the system of revolving-door appointments, in which retired civil servants move to private-sector jobs related to their previous duties....

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:25

[Editorial] War against smoking

The government has announced a drastic increase in cigarette prices to fight cigarette smoking, which is a serious problem in Korea. The announcement included nonprice-related antismoking programs like tougher packaging rules and restrictions on advertisements of tobacco products at retail...

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:25

[Editorial] Overdue play

The key architect of North Korea’s nuclear diplomacy recently reiterated Pyongyang’s call for an unconditional resumption of the six-party talks on the communist regime’s atomic weapons program. Kang Sok-ju, who brokered the 1994 nuclear deal with the U.S. in Geneva, said, “We want a r...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:28

[Editorial] Exports to China

Korea has seen its exports to China, its largest trading partner, falling this year, even as its overall shipments abroad continue to grow. This trend is worrisome for Korea, which relies on the world’s most populous nation for nearly 30 percent of its exports.In the first eight months of...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:28

[Editorial] Passing the buck

Three of the buildings that make up the Lotte World Tower & Lotte World Mall opened to the public on Sept. 6 for a “preopening” ― what the Seoul Metropolitan Government described as a chance for the people to make up their minds on whether the mega mall should be allowed to open ahead o...

Updated : 2014.09.10 20:53

[Editorial] Chuseok message

The lawmakers back from their trips home during the Chuseok holiday claim to have listened to their constituents. They should then know that what the voters want most of all is for the legislators, who they have voted into office and who are paid with their tax money, to get to work.Since ...

Updated : 2014.09.10 20:53

[Editorial] Save good regulations

The government announced this week that children aged 15 or under will be allowed to play online games after midnight, if they have their parents’ approval. This will only expose our children to greater risk of computer game addiction. Currently, online game operators are banned from prov...

Updated : 2014.09.05 20:17

[Editorial] Adroit compromise

The government announced this week two major policy programs on carbon emissions regulation. In sum, the government will launch a carbon emissions trading scheme next January as scheduled, with some modifications to lessen the burden on industries, but it will delay a system that will rewa...

Updated : 2014.09.05 20:17

[Editorial] Assembly disappoints, again

They had promised that they would give up their privileges, yet the National Assembly’s veto of the Justice Ministry’s request for the arrest of ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Kwang-ho Wednesday is a clear reminder that the lawmakers have no intention of giving up their privileges ―...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:27