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Slower pace would help Seoul to grow faster

Anna.Fifield Financial Times August 6 2008 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1b22cb0a-63d2-11dd-844f-0000779fd18c.html In South Korea, there is only one speed: full throttle. Buildings go up almost overnight, trends pass no sooner than they have arrived and presidents’ approval ratings drop from 70 to 20 per … Continue reading

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When death is a reminder to live

By Anna Fifield Published: July 21 2008 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c8475c5e-574a-11dd-916c-000077b07658.html Standing in front of a flower-covered altar in a dimly lit room, Baek Kyung-ah is reading out her will at her own funeral. “I can’t believe today is my last day,” she … Continue reading

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Architects bid to restore ‘soul of Seoul’

By Anna Fifield in Seoul Published: July 14 2008 Vision of the future: an artist’s impression of the Yongsan development, which will be sited close to the Han river and two big train stations Hardly one of Asia’s most aesthetically … Continue reading

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Heir apparent

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2d89f85c-108c-11dd-b8d6-0000779fd2ac.html As Lee Kun-hee’s only son, Lee Jae-yong has long been considered the heir apparent at Samsung, a view solidified last year when he was appointed to the specially created role of chief customer officer of Samsung Electronics, writes Anna … Continue reading

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Lost in Transit

By Anna Fifield http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/04c2a02e-13f1-11dc-88cb-000b5df10621.html Published: June 8 2007 17:20 | Last updated: June 8 2007 17:20 When he stepped off a flight into the glittering, almost science-fiction-like airport terminal near Seoul three years ago, Park Hyun-ki didn’t find South Korea … Continue reading

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Why only the well connected thrive

By Anna Fifield http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8b04772c-b4bd-11db-b707-0000779e2340.html Published: February 5 2007 02:00 | Last updated: February 5 2007 02:00 While South Korea has many large business groups, only a few have succeeded in becoming competitive in overseas markets, says Kwon Oh-seung, the head … Continue reading

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S Korea watchdog tries to rein in cartels

By Anna Fifield in Seoul http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/00d89e1e-b479-11db-b707-0000779e2340.html Published: February 4 2007 23:25 | Last updated: February 4 2007 23:25 South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has pledged to this year take an even tougher line against companies that allegedly abuse their market … Continue reading

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S Korea tries to clip wings of the chaebol

By Anna Fifield in Seoul http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/708700b0-b4a7-11db-b707-0000779e2340.html Published: February 4 2007 23:43 | Last updated: February 4 2007 23:43 In the 1960s and 1970s, South Korea’s chaebol propelled the country’s explosive growth, helping to transform it from one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Flaws in Korea in spite of a cutting edge

By Anna Fifield http://www.ft.com/cms/s/1/4e7b6354-b073-11db-8a62-0000779e2340.html Published: January 30 2007 18:24 | Last updated: January 30 2007 18:24 Diamond Dilemma Shaping Korea for the 21st Century By Tariq Hussain Published in Korean by JoongAng Random House; available in English from www.lulu.com/diamonddilemma, $18.95 … Continue reading

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South Korea to encourage investment abroad in bid to curtail rise in won

By Anna Fifield in Seoul http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9d658a58-a506-11db-b0ef-0000779e2340.html Published: January 16 2007 02:00 | Last updated: January 16 2007 02:00 The South Korean government yesterday unveiled its much-heralded measures to encourage companies to invest more abroad, exempting domestic investors from capital gains … Continue reading

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