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Sewol-ho sinking, 5 years on. How safe is Korea now? Updated: 2019-04-16 15:21:55 KST

It has been five years since the ill-fated Sewol-ho ferry sunk off Korea's southwestern coast killing more than 300 lives, most of whom, high school students.
While many questions still remain unanswered surrounding the sinking, the general public, citizens and politicians alike, have come together in unison to call on the need to enhance safety measures in all aspects of society.
Today we go in-depth on how safe Korea is now, five years after the tragic incident.
For that we're joined by Dr.Kim Sang-woo, Chairman of East Asia Cultural Project.

1. The Sewol-ho ferry sinking wasn't just a simple accident. It was a tragic consequence that resulted from a series of Korea's social problems, from insufficient and negligent rescue operations to cozy relations between companies and institutions. What are some of the issues the tragic accident had left to us to resolve?

2. Following the Sewol-ho incident, the Korean government has made greater efforts to prevent, and counter large-scale disasters. Establishing a control tower that oversees the nation's disasters is one example. But unfortunately, big and small disasters continued to rattle Korea. How do you assess our government's current ability to deal with these disasters?

3. It has been five years but the truth behind the Seweol-ho sinking remains in the dark, with so many things, including the exact cause, still left unanswered. Why is this, and what are some other contentious issues that need to be settled?

4. The public's anger over the government's almost negligent handling of the Sewol-ho incident led to calls for amendments to safety related laws. And I hear there is a pile of bills that were submitted at the National Assembly. Could you give us a check on how those bills are being processed now?

5. The entire nation was in utter shock in April 2014 at the tragic news. How do you think the incident changed the public's perception on safety awareness?

6. Many argue that more pre-emptive measures are needed to prevent such disasters from recurring. What more can be done on both government and civil-levels to prevent such tragedy from happening again?
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