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Reporter : Park Yoon-bae
Fri, August 19, 2022 | 23:08
Far from fair and just
The results of the prosecution's investigation into a scandal involving Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae and her son are raising more questions than they answer. The reason is clear: Many people believe her son received special treatment during his military service at the behest of the then leader of the Democratic Party of Korea.
Sexual harassment and hypocrisy
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon's death was shocking not only because it was an apparent suicide, but also because it occurred soon after sexual harassment allegations were made against him. It is all the more so considering that Park was a prominent human rights lawyer, advocate for women's rights and reform-minded mayor of the country's capital.
Restore moral high ground
The alleged misappropriation of donations for the surviving victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery is at the center of a scandal involving an activist-turned-lawmaker. If it proves to be true, she must be subject to stern punishment.
Virus makes impossible possible
The coronavirus pandemic is turning what has been considered the impossible into the possible. This is more evident in economic and financial policies than any other ones here in South Korea.
Lesson from coronavirus
Many people are asking the question: How come South Korea has become so vulnerable to the new coronavirus, despite its relatively well-established healthcare system?
Shortage of face masks
People are still struggling to buy face masks despite the government's repeated promise to provide enough domestically amid the rapid escalation of the coronavirus outbreak.
Virus hits small businesses
The ongoing new coronavirus outbreak is inflicting considerable damage on the self-employed and small businesses. According to a survey conducted by the Korea Federation of Micro Enterprise (KFME) on 1,096 members early this month, 97.9 percent of respondents said their sales have declined since the start of the epidemic.
Big political showdown
The campaign race has started with two political heavyweights declaring their candidacy for Seoul's central district of Jongno in the upcoming April 15 general election. It represents a big match between the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP).
Falling tax revenue
The government's tax revenue fell short of budget spending for the first time in five years in 2019. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Monday, the administration collected 293.5 trillion won ($247.2 billion) in taxes last year, 1.3 trillion won less than the budget expenditure of 294.8 trillion won. The main reason was the fall of about 7 trillion won in corporate income tax reflecting sluggish business perfomances, bringing an end to four years of robust receipts.
Don't try to tame prosecution
President Moon Jae-in's reform of the prosecution is supposed to prevent the elite law enforcement agency from abusing its investigative authority and guarantee its independence from political power. The ultimate goal is to ensure the rule of law, one of the key pillars of a democracy.
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