The outcry over South Korea's narrow job market has long been growing, especially for our young people. But the latest data show that the problem is getting worse.
For more than a decade, there have been well-founded concerns about youth disengagement from formal politics.
It was a threat in which an allusion was made over the use of nuclear weapons. His remarks, made as a leader of a nuclear power, were extremely inappropriate and irresponsible.
The three population giants in Asia -- China, India and Indonesia -- have now in place three leaders who are deeply committed to reforms -- namely Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Jokowi. What is remarkable is that all three leaders share a common background and experience in governing cities or provinces away from the central government. They represent a new generation of leaders that understand the importance of bottom-up and decentralized development.
The self-righteous, heavy-handed nature of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration has become even clearer.
Data released by South Korea's foreign ministry last week showed that the number of Korean emigrants fell to a record low in 2014. Only 249 Koreans emigrated to foreign countries last year, down from 302 in the previous year. The figure marked the lowest since the government began compiling emigration data in 1962 when 386 people left the country to live abroad.
Barring last-minute surprises, it now looks very likely that by the end of this month, the United States and Iran will conclude a deal over the latter's nuclear program.
Organ transplants have been in the news this past week after reports that the organs of Irish physiotherapist Lisa Orsi, 22, who died after a trek in Indonesia, will be donated to several people here in Singapore, where she had worked since last year.
As the world's second largest economy -- and by some measures already the largest -- mainland China will always offer up opportunity to those willing to tolerate the risk, the pollution and the corruption.
The markets came down last week when China announced its projected growth rate for 2015 at 7 percent, after clocking the slowest growth in 24 years last year (at 7.4 percent). The nervousness flows from China's key role in contributing substantially to global growth in output and international trade since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.