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The OECD’s 2020 Survey of Korea Focuses on Policies to Overcome the Pandemic

The OECD now projects that Korea’s real GDP will decline 1.0% in 2020, a mild contraction compared to the United States, Japan, and the euro area.

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Government Struggles to Juggle Messaging around the Crisis

Public opinion sours as the government’s subsidies for corporations appear at odds with calls for personal sacrifice to overcome the pandemic.

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What Woodward’s Book “Rage” Tells us about U.S.-Korea Relations

The main Korea story to emerge from the new book “Rage” is the letters between Trump and Kim, but perhaps odder are Trump’s efforts to mirror the language.

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Anti-Graft Proposal and Compulsory Military Service

The main opposition party plans to tighten laws on illegal favors in procedures related to military service, reflecting sensitivities to the issue.

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Long Shadow of the Samsung’s Fight with International Activist Investors

The presence of foreign activist investors may discourage the government from probing into Samsung’s alleged impropriety.

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Will Seoul Become Asia’s Media Hub?

Following the New York Times, other media outlets may move staff from Hong Kong to Seoul – if only because other options in Asia are so limited.

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Public Image Decline of South Korean Churches

As headlines about churches tied to coronavirus outbreaks circulate, Christianity continues to see a decrease in popularity.

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Policies to Stabilize Housing Prices in Korea

The steep increase in housing prices has become a key social and economic issue in Korea and is blamed for a sharp fall in President Moon’s approval rating.

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Stricter Regulations on Social Media Marketing

South Korea’s antitrust body plans to take strong action against online advertisements that are deemed false or deceptive.

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The Economic Impact of Covid Bolsters Samsung’s Legal Position

COVID-19 is helping entrench the skewed power dynamic between large private corporations and the public.

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