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[ed] Faltering pension reform
Groups of civil servants on Monday threatened to withdraw from the "national grand compromise group created to discuss overhauling the pension system for government employees. At a press conference at the National Assembly, representatives from t..

[ed] Cheaper cigarette?
The ruling camp has vowed to seek more answers from among the people to be more in touch with the public. Before the Lunar New Year holiday, Saenuri Party new floor leader Yoo Seong-min heard complaints and problems from centers for the elderly and..

[ed] Third year in office
Two years ago Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye took the oath of office to become the first female chief executive of South Korea. Parks first year was marred by questions about the legitimacy of her election victory because of interference duri..

[ed] Keep the Chinese coming
During the Lunar New Year holiday, large department stores in downtown Seoul were swarming with Chinese tourists. Up to 126,000 Chinese people, up 30 percent from last year, were estimated to visit Korea during Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festi..

[ed] Tall order for PM
Sometimes, luck serves as the lynchpin in life's big events, as seems the case for the new Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo. Nominated to the second most powerful administrative office, Lee stumbled through the parliamentary hearings as revelations about..

[ed] Botched Seoul-Tokyo ties
The 14-year-old currency swap agreement between Seoul and Tokyo will come to a close next week, apparently due to their strained relations. The $10 billion accord began in 2001 with the aim of helping either country get through a financial crisis. ..

[ed] Either a blessing or a curse
Two events took place last week regarding Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018. On Monday, the so-called G (Games)-3 Day event was held exactly three years ahead of the opening of the 23rd Winter Olympics. Hundreds of ..

[ed] Frozen consumption
Consumption remains frozen amid lingering concerns over economic uncertainties and the rapidly aging population. It seems difficult to expect an upturn for the time being without tackling this problem. According to Statistics Korea, the average mon..

[ed] Moon's leadership in doubt
Leader of the main opposition party, Moon Jae-in, has walked prudently since becoming chairman of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD)one week ago. The former contender for the 2012 presidency faces tough tasks, reconciling different fact..

[ed] A new aristocracy?
The beauty of Koreans zeal for education was that it gave people a chance, and a reason to work hard so they could build their own future. But a recent study paints an alarming picture where parental income and educational pedigree now affect not..

[ed] Disqualified nominee
Barring a revolt within the ruling party, Lee Wan-koo, President Park Geun-hye's nominee for prime minister, will likely win the parliament's confirmation Monday. Even so, few think the thoroughly damaged new premier will be able to fulfill the dut..

[ed] Judgment on 'nut rage'
About two months ago, what could pass as a simple complaint or rebuke at most about unsatisfactory in-flight service ended up as a ramp return. So it seems natural now what could pass as an ethical finger-pointing ended up as the sentencing of a ja..

[ed] Chronic tax shortfall
As the nation grapples with the debate over welfare and tax hikes, the tax revenue shortfall hit a record high of nearly 11 trillion won last year. According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, revenue in 2014 was 10.9 trillion won short of th..

[ed] Heavy cost of int'l events
The top world motor event Formula One (F1) is known for its drivers, glamorous girls and the popping of the champagne cork for the winner. For the hosts of the F1 Korean Grand Prix, they may have popped the cork way too early. The South Jeolla Prov..

[ed] Rights body and leaflets
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea is the state agency that has been damaged the most under the two successive conservative administrations of Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye. Led by a controversial chairman and largely compos..

[ed] Trustbuster losing trust
It's no secret that the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has wielded far greater power than before, riding on the wave of economic democratization in recent years. But it is feared that the business regulator's aimless abuse of power is eroding its own ..

[ed] Ex-spymaster's meddling
Through "willful neglect" former spy chief Won Sei-hoon meddled in the 2012 presidential election, the Seoul High Court found in a highly controversial case Monday. With that, the appellate court overturned a lower ruling that in September had clea..

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