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US elections and Koreans
With the first of three debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over now, the U.S. presidential elections are in their final stage. Few can yet tell for sure which of the two candidates will be the 45th president of the United States 41 da..

Why don't you get married?
Koreans celebrated a long weekend Chuseok holiday last week. Chuseok, often compared to American Thanksgiving, is one of the most celebrated and festive holidays in Korea. This holiday is a time of the year that reconnects and brings families toget..

It's the President, stupid
President Park Geun-hye is well known for her restrained language. At a National Security Council meeting Saturday in the wake of North Korea's fifth and latest nuclear test, however, Park said, Kim Jong-un's state of mind has gone out of contro..

Toward transparent, fair society
The controversial Kim Young-ran Act, or anti-graft law, has been the talk of the town before it takes effect Sept. 28. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), which introduced the law, has unveiled a list of 49,919 organizations who..

NK's evolving threats
This year alone, North Korea has conducted missile tests 15 times - all in violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. The tests, which were mainly with Rodong and Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles with ranges up to 3,00..

Reconsider THAAD
I first visited the United States in 1990 at the relatively late age of 35, especially for an English newspaper reporter. Throughout the 15-day trip to do an in-depth report on the U.S. nuclear power industry, what surprised me and other first-time..

Terror on roads becoming new reality
Have you noticed a recent change in the behavior of some drivers on the road? Before and even now to some extent, Korean drivers were known for not signaling when they want to change lanes and tailgating. Lately more often than not, this reporter w..

Night college fiasco
Ewha Womans University students are continuing their sit-in to call for the resignation of President Choi Kyung-hee even after she scrapped a controversial plan to create a night college for working women.

Ramblings on Olympics
Last Sunday, I was watching a Major League Baseball game on TV while sipping my beer. My wife came to me and said, How can you not watch the Rio Olympics while our athletes are using all their strength for the nation?

Inconvenience for improved safety
One Sunday afternoon in mid-July, my eight-year-old daughter developed a high fever _ more than 39 degrees Celsius _ that refused to go down despite giving her a fever reducer. So we headed to Severance Hospital, the nearest big hospital with a sep..

Vacation, interrupted
Its vacation time, the time of the year many office workers have been waiting for. Some people have planned their summer getaway months ahead so they can enjoy the time away from their workplace under the most suitable conditions. Amidst the exci..

Corruption in the name of custom
I started my career back in 1981 covering a major government office for an English paper. A month after I began working, the lady at the pressroom gave me an envelope with 50,000 won ($45) - which could easily be the equivalent of 150,000 to 200,00..

Glocalization revisited
What is the key to success for a company when it starts conducting business in another country? There are many cases of rises and declines of foreign companies doing business here. Also, numerous domestic firms undergo similar experiences in overse..

Changes THAAD can bring
China and Russia are growing increasingly anxious over a joint decision between South Korea and the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery here. Their state media produce reports about possible consequences of..

In defense of Na Hyang-wook
Poor fellow! The past two weeks or so must have seemed like two decades for Na Hyang-wook. Na, former chief of the Education Ministry's policy planning bureau, has become the most dissed person in Korea since the fateful dinner he hosted for two jo..

Surge of female politicians
In the chaotic environment following Brexit, female politicians came to the fore in Britain in the race to succeed former Prime Minister David Cameron. And now the countrys second female Prime Minister Theresa May is set to take office Friday. Th..

'Brexit' vs. 'Korexit'
Some Korean pundits and journalists are now talking about Korexit after Britons voted for Brexit to leave the European Union (EU) last month. Korexit, an abbreviation of Korean exit, appears to make no sense as Korea is not a member of an..

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