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Loopholes guaranteed

A bill cracking down on conflict of interests among holders of public office passed a preliminary review by the legislative subcommittee of the National Policy Committee after a bipartisan agreement between the ruling Democratic...

What did the government do?

Koreans have become fretful of health and environmental hazards after their closest neighbor Japan decided to start discharging tons of radioactive water from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean....

Herd immunity pipe dream

Korea faces a double whammy of delayed Covid-19 vaccines and mounting daily cases. If this continues, the Moon Jae-in administration can hardly realize its original goal of forming herd immunity by November. The government must...


Knockdown generation

There are some expressions that we became familiar with because of the Covid-19 outbreak, such as pandemic, self-quarantine, contactless and social distancing. The Collins Dictionary chose “lockdown” as the Word of the Year in...

Taiwan stuck in the middle

Due to the worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips after the pandemic, carmakers in North America such as GM and Ford have temporarily suspended factory operations or reduced production. Kia and Toyota are among the companies...

Creating an agency for children

I lived in an ordinary apartment complex in Seoul. There were multiple childcare facilities within the complex, and it was not hard to find a spot. But pick-up and drop-off was the problem. Children could attend from 9 a.m. to 3...


Clubhouse — momentary boom or social trailblazer?

A farewell to Kim Young-hie

Kang Tae-uk The author is an opinion editor of the Korea JoongAng Daily. My eternal mentor Kim Young-hie — the legendary journalist in Korea on par with the late Helen Thomas not only in terms of his seemingly never-ending car

Chasing the trends to survive

Minyoung Son CPG Analyst at Nielsen Korea As of June 2019, the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market turned to negative growth by -0.5 percent at 33.5 trillion won ($29.7 billion). The main market dragger was the non-food market, whic

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