Requiem For A Policy

The three suicide notes Chung Mong Hun, 54, left on his desk beside his watch and glasses before leaping from the window of his 12th-floor office last week provided few clues to his motives. (Chung apologized to his family in a few scribbled lines, gave encouragement to a colleague and, in a note to his employees, wrote: "A foolish man does a foolish thing.") But few men in South Korea could have had more burdens to bear. Chung, one of eight sons of the late Chung Ju Yung, pioneering chaebolist and founder of the Hyundai group, had been demoted in the...

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