South Korea

Humbling Apologies

He stood before the cameras in his own drawing room, his eyes heavy with fatigue and his voice contrite. For 27 minutes in the full glare of national television, Korea's former President, Chun Doo Hwan, apologized abjectly to his countrymen for the crimes he committed during 7 1/2 years in power. Before retreating with his wife to a Buddhist monastery, Chun promised to surrender his house, a skiing condominium, two golf-club memberships and at least $3.3 million to the government.

While many Koreans were touched by Chun's self-humiliation, others were unmoved. Opposition leaders called for further investigation, and radical demonstrators demanding...

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