Labor & Environment
Law & Crime
Health & Welfare
Seoul & Provinces
Biz & Tech
Retail & Food
Thoughts of the Times
Today in History
Travel & Cuisine
Asia Model Festival
K-dramas & Shows
Europe & Africa
On the Spot
Wed, July 17, 2019 | 05:59
Extra budget plan
The government, Friday, outlined a plan for an extra budget of 11 trillion won ($9.64 billion) to deal with the economic downturn and an unemployment crisis. It is part of the Park Geun-hye administration’s 28 trillion won economic stimulus package aimed at achieving 2.8 percent growth this year. This is the third supplementary budget of the Park administration, following 17.3 trillion won in 2013 and 11.8 trillion won in 2015.
| 2016-07-24 17:08
[Ed] Trump's GOP nomination
Donald Trump’s ascension to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate is disappointing for many Koreans. The GOP has chosen an unfit candidate to represent their party in the presidential race. The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan has now degenerated into the party of Trump, who has only bragged and insulted his way through the contentious primary season. Since he is now the official GOP candidate, it is time for Korea to prepare for a possible Trump White House.
| 2016-07-21 17:05
Ensuring THAAD safety
The government's efforts to convince Seongju residents of the safety of U.S. missile interceptors have not been enough to assuage their firm opposition to the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in their town.
| 2016-07-19 17:18
Pokemon Go fever
Pokemania of the late 1990s has been revived, this time with the augmented-reality (AR) game “Pokemon Go” which rolled out for free downloads on iOS and Android last week. Although it has been introduced in only a few countries, including the United States, the mobile game has become a global sensation. It is already competing with Twitter in terms of daily active users on Android.
| 2016-07-15 17:53
Has NK leader Kim Jong-un caught Pokemon Go craze?
Wayward civil servants
A series of incidents showing the lax morale of public servants have inflamed public rage. Koreans erupted last week over remarks made by Na Hyang-wook, a director-general at the education ministry, when news reports surfaced that he had mocked the people as “nothing but dogs and pigs” during a private dinner with journalists. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se was slammed for shopping at a department store located far away from the ministry headquarters in Gwanghwamun on the day of the government’s highly controversial announcement to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery,...
| 2016-07-15 17:50
Plight of jobless young adults
June figures show that Korea's youth unemployment is as serious as it was at the height of the Asian financial crisis. A government report released Wednesday showed that the unemployment rate for people aged between 15 and 29 reached 10.3 percent in June, marking the highest figure for that month since 1999. Employment in the older age brackets slightly improved, but the job situation is getting more difficult for people in their 20s, with one out of 10 being out of a job.
| 2016-07-14 17:03
South China Sea verdict
Beijing lost a battle over its claims to South China Sea when a tribunal at the U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced a verdict favorable to the Philippines. The unanimous ruling by a five-judge tribunal found a wide range of China’s activities regarding the resource rich waters unlawful and in violation of Philippines’ rights. Pursuant to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Hague ruling rejected China's claim of historic rights to the waterway, which is a thoroughfare for $5 billion in annual trade.
| 2016-07-13 17:04
Division on THAAD
President Park Geun-hye must pay keen attention to resolving the simmering opposition over an abrupt announcement by Korea and the U.S. on the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, battery here. The government should not overlook the fact that it is just as important to manage the growing internal division over the THAAD deployment as the international conflict over the issue.
| 2016-07-12 17:03
THAAD and Korean images of China
Health insurance reform
There are mounting calls to overhaul the outdated National Health Insurance (NHI) system that was first conceived in 1977. It does not reflect the changes in Korean society and unfairly places additional burdens on those who have low or no income. The NHI program was expanded to the entire country in 1989. Currently, it is mandatory for all citizens to subscribe to the unified health insurance plan run by the NHI service, which is financed by monthly insurance premiums from individual subscribers and government subsidies. Under the current system, half of the premiums are deducted from month...
| 2016-07-10 17:15
Cheong Wa Dae's news control
Speculation over Cheong Wa Dae’s media control has been raised after allegations that a former aide to President Park Geun-hye attempted to censor news broadcasts on the Sewol ferry sinking two years ago.
| 2016-07-10 17:13
41 cafes caught for using unhygienic ice
Korea to restrict foreigners' visa extensions for defaulting on health insurance fees
Ex-lawmaker Chung Doo-un found dead on Seoul mountain
David vs. Goliath: South Chungcheong's battle against coal
When justice meets reality
Korea, Israel agree to boost ties in manufacturing, high-tech
Farmers, fishermen fear Japan's expanding export curbs
Taylor Swift becomes highest-paid celebrity
US diplomat to discuss trade scuffle between Seoul, Tokyo
'MBC violates anti-workplace bullying law'
Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
FINA World Championships 2019
About Korea Times
Terms of Service
Code of Ethics