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[Lee Jae-min] Will minimum wage hike step up automation?

As heralded, the minimum wage is being increased substantially by the Minimum Wage Commission. The commission is raising the minimum wage from 6,470 won ($5.80) per hour this year to 7,530 won next ye...

Updated : 2017.07.25 17:32

[Kim Seong-kon] SJWs rampant in South Korea

Haruki Murakami lamented the lack of decency and common sense among the extreme right wing in Japan, in a recent email interview with his Korean publisher, Munhakdongne. He mentioned this while referr...

Updated : 2017.07.25 17:32

[Li Junheng] China’s overextended consumers can’t stop adding debt

Macau has long been regarded as a barometer of China’s economic activities. This makes sense as long as much of China’s economy continues to be driven by construction and manufacturing. That’s beca...

Updated : 2017.07.24 18:11

[Jon D. Michaels] Trump aides want to re-privatize military

Fearful of repeating the foreign policy mistakes of the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, top Trump aides Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon have recently turned to Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg for help. According to a report in the New York Times, Prince, the founder of Black...

Updated : 2017.07.24 18:11

[David Ignatius] Is quiet persuasion more effective than shouting?

The Chinese government, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the internet: The best strategy may not be to confront critics directly, but to lu...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:48

[Daniel Moss] Japan’s struggles aren’t so unique

Victory in Japan’s battle with too-low inflation looks as elusive as ever. On Thursday, the Bank of Japan pushed back its estimate of when it’ll hit its 2 percent inflation target; the goal now won’t be reached until the year beginning April 2019, according to Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. The ...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:47

[Martin Schram] Rethinking Donald Sr. and Jr. and the secrets they keep

After all of the negative Trump news that’s been pouring over us, it’s time somebody in my biz said a good word or two about Donald Trump. In fact, both Donalds — senior and junior.Because in one s...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:19

[Adam Minter] China’s cashless revolution

On a recent trip to Shenzhen, in southern China, I came across a subway busker with two tip jars. The first was a cardboard box filled with coins and bills; the second was a small QR code taped to the box that allowed passersby to leave a tip by smartphone. On one level, this was simply sm...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:18

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] After the siege: the defeat of IS raises new questions about Mosul

The fall of Mosul to a coalition of forces led by government troops and supported by Americans brought to an end a nine-month attack on and siege of the ancient Iraqi city.Mosul had been held by the Islamic State, from which the IS had declared its caliphate, since June 2014. There remain ...

Updated : 2017.07.20 18:07

[Philip W. Yun] Why are we afraid of North Korea?

With North Korea’s successful intercontinental missile test this month, Americans again woke up to breathless alarm over possible military strikes and the specter of a North Korean nuclear attack — ...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:46

[Albert Eisenberg] Liberal America has a political violence problem

Hamburg, Germany, July. As world leaders gather for the G-20 summit, far-left “anti-fascist” (Antifa) rioters set fire to cars and property, terrorize residents and injure more than 200 police officers attempting to keep the peace. Did you miss it? CNN’s initial reports referred to the ...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:45

[Eli Lake] Trump just came very close to killing the Iran deal

Under President Barack Obama this kind of thing was routine. Since the Iran nuclear deal was reached in 2015, every few months the State Department would inform Congress that the Tehran government was in compliance.Then Donald Trump was elected president. He had campaigned against the agre...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:45

[Letter to the editor] Why don’t we have the Sanggwaengi as a mascot of the Han River?

Yoo Duk-moon, whose family was displaced by the government from the Bamseom islet, recalls the Han River as it was. “When I was in my childhood,” Yoo reminisces, “the water was very clean and the r...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:45

[Sean O’Malley] Moon’s NK policy should link aid to human rights

It did not take long for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to outline his approach for peace on the Korean Peninsula. There is no doubt the future road to peace will be complex with many unforeseen twists and turns, which makes it prudent to recognize that President Moon’s initial offeri...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:44

[Kim Myong-sik] 8th Army relocation and new concept of war

It was regrettable that Vice Defense Minister Lee Joo-suk had to represent the Korean government in the significant ceremony last week marking the opening of the new headquarters of the US Forces in K...

Updated : 2017.07.19 17:49