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    1. August 11, 2015

      South Korea labour reform push gains traction

      Hyundai Motor has become the latest company to join South Korea’s efforts to reform its rigid labour market as...

    2. July 23, 2015

      Japan receives more tourists than it sends abroad

      A weaker yen, a boom in cruise holidays and a surge of Chinese shopaholics have pushed Japan across a historic...

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    1. July 9, 2015

      Bank of Korea lowers GDP growth forecast

      South Korea’s central bank has again cut the country’s growth forecast for the year as the impact of an outbreak of...

    2. July 3, 2015

      Korea’s wonky won defies convention

      A rise in US interest rates, when it finally comes, will be terrible news for emerging market currencies. In an...

    3. June 24, 2015

      South Korea to spend $9bn to counter Mers impact

      South Korea will draw up a Won10tn ($9bn) supplementary budget to help its already struggling economy cope with the...

    4. April 23, 2015

      South Korea GDP data add strength to calls for further stimulus

      South Korea’s economy grew at the slowest rate in two years, further fuelling calls for additional stimulus measures to...

    5. April 20, 2015

      South Korea contract workers at heart of labour reform challenge

      Fifteen years ago, Park Soon-bo joined South Korea’s largest carmaker on a short-term contract. Now 42, he is still...

    6. April 1, 2015

      Emerging markets: The great unravelling

      Faced with recession, decade- high inflation, a fiscal crisis and water rationing, more than 1m Brazilians took to the...

    7. April 1, 2015

      Gloomy data fuel fears for South Korea’s economy

      South Korea’s economy hit a snag in March as exports fell the most in two years and inflation hit a 16-year low, adding...

    8. March 31, 2015

      The nightmare of a Korean cold war thaw

      Amid all the talk of a new cold war, it is easy to forget that there are parts of the world where the cold war never...

    9. March 26, 2015

      South Korea in balancing act on household debt

      South Korea’s government is fighting to address the dangers of the nation’s fast-rising household debt burden — even as...

    10. February 26, 2015

      South Korea toughens up on chaebol law-breakers

      The prison sentence handed down this month to the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman for an onboard tantrum over the...

    11. February 5, 2015

      Hyundai family revives sale of logistics unit stake

      Hyundai Motor’s controlling family has relaunched an effort to sell part of its controversial stake in a logistics...

    12. February 2, 2015

      K-pop’s production line for Gangnam Style wannabes

      At a rented theatre on a Saturday night in Seoul, 20 self-conscious young talents stand awkwardly, some of them in...

    13. January 5, 2015

      South Korean households pile up debt

      Song Mi-kyung, a 55-year-old South Korean resident of Incheon, recently took out bank loans of Won180m ($162,000) to...

    14. November 21, 2014

      AmorePacific: Korean cool

      When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s AmorePacific, going global. First-half numbers for the South...

    15. November 19, 2014

      S Korea searches soul after ferry disaster

      Hundreds of yellow ribbons still flutter in the square outside Seoul’s city hall, commemorating the sinking of the...

    16. November 19, 2014

      S Korea chaebol growth model hits limits

      South Korea is good at overcoming short-term crises but the manufacturing-driven economy is now facing longer-term...

    17. November 10, 2014

      China and South Korea trade talks ‘settled’

      South Korea said on Monday it had “effectively settled” terms on a trade pact with China, and expected to confirm...

    18. November 6, 2014

      South Korean won slides to 14-month low

      The won dropped to a 14-month low on Thursday amid rising expectations that South Korea will intervene to cushion the...

    19. October 24, 2014

      Weak exports weigh on South Korea GDP

      South Korea’s economy grew at an annual pace of 3.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year, the central bank said...

    20. October 22, 2014

      State funding disrupts South Korea’s start-up scene

      Park Sung-suh showed good timing by creating his Android-based software company in 2008, just as Google’s mobile...

    21. October 20, 2014

      Seoul rejects rebuke over labour laws

      South Korea’s government has rejected claims that its labour law encourages abuse of migrant workers, highlighting the...

    22. October 16, 2014

      Koreans lose faith in homegrown chat apps

      In South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations, fears over state cyber surveillance have sparked an exodus from...

    23. October 15, 2014

      Bank of Korea cuts rates to 2% and lowers growth forecast

      South Korea’s central bank has cut the benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months, while warning that...

    24. October 12, 2014

      North and South Korea: best frenemies

      Choco pies are banned in North Korea to forestall ideological rot. The snacks became a currency of sorts after being...

    25. October 2, 2014

      S Korea’s traditional rent-free tenancies come under strain

      For decades, South Korean landlords have scorned monthly rent in favour of jeonse – a unique system under which tenants...

    26. September 24, 2014

      South Korea regulator appeals for private equity investment

      South Korea’s top financial regulator has urged foreign private equity funds to invest in the country, as the...

    27. September 18, 2014

      South Korea to ramp up spending 5.7%

      South Korea’s government on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase state spending by 5.7 per cent next year, as part of...

    28. August 18, 2014

      Dubai and South Korea sign joint investments deal

      Dubai and South Korea are teaming up to fund joint investments as the emirate cements its role as the business launch...

    29. August 14, 2014

      South Korea looks to revive growth with rate cut

      The Bank of Korea has cut the country’s interest rate for the first time in 15 months, bowing to government pressure to...

    30. July 24, 2014

      S Korea reveals $40bn stimulus package as growth slows

      South Korea unveiled a $40bn stimulus package to boost the country’s flagging economy, as data on Thursday showed that...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. June 13, 2014

      Under fire Park culls S Korean cabinet

      South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has replaced almost half of her cabinet ministers in an effort to restore public...

    34. May 1, 2014

      South Korean exports leap to 15-month high

      South Korean exports rose 9 per cent in April from a year earlier – the highest figure for 15 months – as strong sales...

    35. February 7, 2014

      S Korea’s elderly left behind by speed of change

      slideshow: Growing older and getting poorer in South Korea As she shuffles down the snow-dusted lanes beside her home,...

    36. January 23, 2014

      Strong South Korean won and weak home demand hit Hyundai revenues

      Hyundai Motor reported its first quarterly revenue decline for more than four years yesterday, as the South Korean...

    37. January 23, 2014

      South Korea records fastest economic growth in 3 years

      In the southern port city of Busan in South Korea, so many families are sprucing up their homes that local interior...

    38. January 14, 2014

      South Korea cuts target for nuclear power

      Seoul has drastically reduced its long-term target for nuclear power generation, adding to the pressure on the South...

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