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    Korea cash piles: won direction

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    S Korea police identify decayed body as fugitive ferry owner

    The body of a fugitive businessman sought over April’s tragic ferry sinking was found last month in southern South Korea,...

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  1. July 21, 2014

    Asean: Long on optimism

    When online travel search company Skyscanner wanted to expand in Asia, its management decided not to try China first, even...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Seoul’s city officials encouraged to take siestas

    Google, Nike and AOL may encourage its staff to take siestas, but in a first for South Korea, which is known for having some...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    July 18, 2014

    Boryeong Mud Festival

    Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters Tourists play in the mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea....

  4. FT Photo Diary

    July 18, 2014

    World fencing championships Kazan

    Grigory Dukor/Reuters Russia’s Sofiya Velikaya (R) and Lee Ra-jin of South Korea compete during their women’s sabre...

  5. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2014

    Korean carmakers protest as Chile proposes diesel tax

    South Korean carmakers are up in arms over Chile’s proposed bill to impose an environment tax on diesel vehicles, which is...

  6. July 15, 2014

    F35 Farnborough trip halted after engine fire

    The world’s largest military procurement project, Lockheed Martin’s F35 fighter, suffered a severe embarrassment on Tuesday...

  7. July 15, 2014

    Korean won falls on suspected intervention

    South Korea’s won was the biggest faller on currency markets on Tuesday after suspected official intervention from the...

  8. July 14, 2014

    Shinzo Abe sought meeting with Xi Jinping over Japan-China ties

    Shinzo Abe said on Monday he sought a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders...

  9. beyondbrics

    July 14, 2014

    Private schools and plastic surgeons for S Korea's would-be TV announcers

    You might be awkward in the spotlight and less than attractive but that need not stop you from becoming a television star,...

  10. July 13, 2014

    Owen Mahoney of Nexon: a US geek at the helm of a Japanese game developer

    If a tech geek could design a dream CV, it would probably look a lot like Owen Mahoney’s. He earned spare cash as a teenager...

  11. July 13, 2014

    Asia fund passport plans require reform

    Critically important tax issues need to be addressed to ensure the success of plans to promote cross-border fund sales in...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    July 11, 2014

    USS George Washington arrives in Busan

    Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA A view of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier in Busan, South Korea. It arrived there on Friday as...

  13. The World

    July 11, 2014

    Philippines: assessing the 'key man' risk

    Once Indonesia has finally got through counting the votes and has separated the two presidential candidates, it will have a...

  14. July 10, 2014

    Samsung hit by fresh child labour claims

    Samsung Electronics has been hit by fresh allegations of child workers at a Chinese supplier, a week after the South Korean...

  15. July 8, 2014

    Maersk writes off $1.7bn from Brazilian oilfields

    Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk has announced a $1.7bn hit to its oil assets in Brazil, becoming the latest company to...

  16. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Afghanistan’s election put in peril | Abdullah Abdullah, one of the candidates, is threatening to reject...

  17. July 7, 2014

    Hyundai hit with lawsuit over fuel efficiency

    Hyundai Motor has been hit by a lawsuit in South Korea over an alleged misstatement of its vehicles’ fuel efficiency,...

  18. July 7, 2014

    Battle lines drawn as South Korea plans to cut working hours

    With the world’s governments grappling for ways to add jobs and improve living standards, South Korea has made a novel...

  19. July 6, 2014

    Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

    International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s market,...

  20. July 3, 2014

    China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

    Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce...

  21. FT Photo Diary

    July 3, 2014

    Welcoming Xi Jinping

    Kim Hong-ji/AP Chinese President Xi Jinping greets children during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Blue House in...

  22. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2014

    Export credit where it's due

    The nerdier parts of Washington DC have been riveted over the last week by a fight over one of the duller institutions in...

  23. July 2, 2014

    S Korea’s LG Chem drives into China electric car market

    South Korea’s rechargeable battery makers are bolstering efforts to expand into China, as they bet on growing demand in the...

  24. July 2, 2014

    Xi’s Seoul visit leaves Pyongyang in the cold

    China may count North Korea as its only treaty ally, but President Xi Jinping will on Thursday become the first Chinese...

  25. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  26. June 29, 2014

    North Korea fires missiles ahead of Xi’s visit to Seoul

    North Korea fired two missiles into the sea on Sunday in an apparent reaction to a slight by China, its main benefactor,...

  27. June 27, 2014

    South Korea to exert ‘soft power’ internationally through books

    Paju Bookcity, a 21st-century hub for the South Korean book trade less than an hour’s drive from Seoul, appears oddly...

  28. The World

    June 26, 2014

    Belgium's game of two halves

    Don’t mix football with politics, goes the old saying – and Belgians are learning the lesson well. Often depicted (wrongly,...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 26, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * StanChart warns of 20% profit fall | Emerging markets bank says operating profits for the first six months...

  30. June 26, 2014

    S Korea to retain PM after search for replacement fails

    South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has retained the country’s prime minister, after twice failing to replace him in the...

  31. June 25, 2014

    Samsung hints at weak second quarter

    Samsung Electronics has turned bearish on its second-quarter performance, with its chief financial officer saying he expects...

  32. June 24, 2014

    South Korea’s prime ministerial candidate withdraws

    South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye will have to find a fifth nominee for prime minister in just 17 months, after her...

  33. FT Photo Diary

    June 23, 2014

    South Korea stand-off

    Hwang Gwang-mo/Yonhap/Reuters South Korean soldiers take position during a search and arrest operation for a conscript...

  34. June 22, 2014

    Feedback: South Korea’s elites

    Simon Mundy’s article, ‘South Korea’s millionaire tutors’, looked at the country’s unease about the vast sums of money...

  35. June 22, 2014

    Sewol ferry tragedy should spur change

    The capsizing of the Sewol ferry with the loss of more than 300 lives has shaken South Korea to the core. It is hard to...

  36. June 22, 2014

    Luxury brands battle to stay in fashion in South Korea

    Kwak Ji-yoon, a 42-year-old South Korean housewife, used to be a loyal customer of Louis Vuitton but she does not buy LV...

  37. June 20, 2014

    Interview: ‘Snowpiercer’ director Bong Joon-ho

    Director Bong Joon-ho and his new film Snowpiercer are rarely in the same place at the same time. This time last year, with...

  38. FT Alphaville

    June 20, 2014

    Care not for the depth of the market, or the neighbours

    Earlier this month South Korea sold $1bn of US dollar denominated debt due in June, 2044. Issued at a spread of 72.5 basis...

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