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[ed] Cost for US troops
Both Korea and U.S. negotiators in the just-ended talks on sharing the cost for American troops stationed here appear satisfied with the final outcome. Washington seems content with a sizable increase in Korea's share, and so does Seoul for enhanci..

[ed] Stepping up provocation
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet seem set to throw Northeast Asia into a state of escalating diplomatic strain and military tension.

[ed] Doctors' strike
A few weeks after rail workers ended their walkout, medical doctors have decided to stage a strike of their own in early March.

[ed] 'Special Olympic District'
All Olympic Games are different, in their slogans, stadiums and memorable performances. Once the flame goes out, however, there are only two kinds of Olympics, especially for their hosts: financial successes or failures.

[ed] Aborted family reunions
Seoul's Unification Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to change its position on the reunions of families separated by the Korean War, a day after the reclusive state rejected a South Korean proposal to resume the reunion event.

[ed] Dismantling red tape
All previous governments committed themselves to broad-based deregulation without exception in the early phase of their governance, but little was ever actually done. That's because there are always groups with conflicting interests with regard to ..

[ed] How to unify Koreas?
President Park Geun-hye's positive description of national unification as "like hitting the jackpot" Monday was not surprising but somewhat abrupt. If the chief executive's reemphasis of the very obvious seemed unexpected, however, that might be be..

[ed] War on textbook
After Cheongsong Girls' High School on Thursday overturned its selection of a history textbook published by Kyohak Publishing Co., virtually no high school in the country will use the controversial publication in the coming semester. However, durin..

[ed] Shallow summit offers
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made several offers in the past year to hold summits with his Korean and Chinese counterparts. "The harder the situation gets in Northeast Asia, the more necessary it is for us to have heart-to-heart dialogue," Pr..

[ed] Alzheimer's blues
In Korea, more than 10 murder-suicide incidents involving family members take place every year because of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Last May, an old man in his 80s drove his car into a reservoir in Cheongsong, North Gye..

[ed] Park's economic agenda
In her first New Year news conference Monday, President Park Geun-hye spent 70 percent of her opening remarks on bread-and-butter issues, mentioning the word ``economy no fewer than 24 times.

[ed] Embattled self-employed
By global standards, Korea is a country where the proportion of self-employed people to the total workforce is high. That is because more and more relatively young retirees from companies are scrambling to open their own businesses after failing to..

[ed] One-sided and superficial
Fortunately, President Park Geun-hye finally held a news conference Monday, the first since she took office nearly a year ago. Unfortunately, that - first "formal and proper" meeting between a president and Cheong Wa Dae correspondents in almost se..

[ed] 'Big Brother' law?
The governing party has submitted an amendment bill to the Communications Privacy Act that would make it easier for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other state investigative agencies to wiretap mobile phones.

[ed] Public service fees
The Park Geun-hye administration appears to have set reforming debt-ridden state firms as one of its key policy priorities during its second year.

[ed] Shaky financial markets
The rapidly falling Japanese currency hit local financial markets hard last week at the start of a new year. The benchmark stock price index fell by more than 65 points on Thursday and Friday to dip below 1,950, a four-month low.

[ed] Aftermath of walkout
The longest railroad strike in the nation's history ended Monday, but the labor-management friction shows little signs of abating. KORAIL and the police are going all-out to arrest and punish union leaders, citing "law and principle," while pushing..

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