Japan diplomat’s ‘paid prostitutes’ claim draws ire
 A senior Japanese diplomat was found Tuesday to have portrayed the victims of wartime sexual slavery as “paid prostitutes,” drawing the ire of South Korea and adding to perennial historical tension between the countries.
*portray 그리다 묘사하다 *paid prostitutes 매춘 *draw the ire of~ 분노를 야기하다 *perennial 지속되는 영원한, 반복되는 다년의
 “There were not 200,000 women, they were not sex slaves, and they were not taken by force,” he was quoted as saying by the Reporter Newspapers, calling them “paid prostitutes.”
*by force 강제로 *be quoted as saying ~라고 말한 것으로 인용되다, 전달되다
 The Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, which donated the memorial to the city last month, said up to 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced by the Japanese military to provide sex in front-line brothels during World War II, which is in line with the studies by Korean and many other international scholars.
*memorial 기념비 *front-line 최전선 *brothel 사창가 *in line with ~와 비슷한, 긴밀히 연결되도록
 Seoul’s Foreign Ministry called Shinozuka’s claim “unbelievable” and “extremely inappropriate,” saying it would lodge a complaint and urge its withdrawal after verifying it.
*lodge a complaint 불만, 항의를 제기하다 *urge 충고하다, 설득하려 하다 *withdrawal 철회, 취소
Efforts to abolish elite schools face backlash, doubts
 Elite private high schools, which in their heydays were gateways to prestigious universities here and abroad, are facing an existential crisis, as education chiefs in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi Province have vowed to rescind their autonomy in school curriculum and admissions.
 Seoul’s liberal education chief Cho Hee-yeon has long campaigned for a removal of those schools, emphasizing equal opportunities for students and negative side effects such as excessive competition.
*Emphasize 강조하다 *excessive 과도한
 Opponents of the abolishment of elite schools -- many of them parents who send their kids to those schools or have been preparing to do so -- are crying foul. They criticize the government’s lack of coherence in national education policies.
*cry foul 부당하다고 외치다 *coherence 일관성 *abolishment 폐지