Samsung’s new chipmaker head, short-selling ban, overseas purchases — Ep. 21
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5d ago
In this week’s episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, co-hosts Jeongmin and John discuss Samsung Electronics’ appointment of Jun Young-hyun as the new head of its semiconductor division. They explore the challenges Jun will face in maintaining Samsung’s leadership position in the global semiconductor sector. The duo also examines the South Korean presidential office’s decision to maintain the country’s short-selling ban until a “reliable system” is in place and what this might mean for domestic and international investors. Jeongmin and John then discuss the presidential office’s apology for the con ..read more
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Unexpected speaker, Dior pastor and unintended trade benefits — Ep. 20
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1w ago
In this week’s episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, co-hosts Jeongmin and John discuss the unexpected election of five-term lawmaker Woo Won-shik as the National Assembly speaker and the strategies employed by Woo and his rival, Choo Mi-ae. The duo also examines the first lady’s recent public appearance amid the ongoing Dior bag scandal, with the latest investigations focusing on the pastor who deliberately gifted her the bag. They analyze President Yoon Suk-yeol’s pledge to support non-union workers and its potential impact on the Democratic Party and unions. Jeongmin and John explore Naver’s gr ..read more
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South Korean elites breaking bad? Nuclearization debate with Victor Cha — Ep. 19
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2w ago
In this special extended episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, co-hosts Jeongmin and John are joined by Dr. Victor Cha, the senior vice president for Asia and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Cha discusses the findings of his new report on South Korean elites’ fragile opposition to nuclearization and shares his insights on the current debate surrounding the issue. The conversation delves into the differences between South Korea’s public and strategic elites’ perceptions of a nuclear South Korea, the factors that could tip the scale in favor of nuclear ..read more
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South Korea-Japan tech spat, AUKUS challenges, Yoon’s rare presser — Ep. 18
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2w ago
In this week’s episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, co-hosts Jeongmin and John discuss recent developments in South Korea-Japan relations, focusing on the tech leak that compromised hundreds of thousands of Japanese personal data. They also discuss Japan’s push to force out Naver, a South Korean tech portal company, from its partnership with Japan’s SoftBank in the wake of the incident. The duo also explores the challenges South Korea faces in potentially joining AUKUS Pillar 2, which focuses on developing advanced capabilities and sharing technology among member nations. Jeongmin and John analyz ..read more
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Optics and outmaneuvering: Yoon and Lee sit down for the first time – Ep. 17
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3w ago
In the latest episode of the Korea Pro Podcast, Jeongmin, Lina and Joon Ha discuss the much-anticipated first formal meeting between opposition leader Lee Jae-myung and President Yoon Suk-yeol since Yoon's inauguration. The episode highlights how Lee’s surprise speech to the press allowed the opposition to dominate the optics. However, the outcome remained ambiguous, with both sides presenting differing narratives of the discussion and leaving several high-profile issues unresolved. The episode also delves into upcoming political events, including Choo Mi-ae, the frontrunner for speaker of the ..read more
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President Yoon-DP leader Lee meeting, arms exports, Cho Kuk’s fate — Ep. 16
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1M ago
In this week's episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, co-hosts Jeongmin and John delve into the upcoming meeting between President Yoon Suk-yeol and Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung. They discuss Lee’s proposal to provide $180 to every South Korean citizen, which would cost around $9 billion, and analyze the potential impact and motivations behind this plan. The duo also examines South Korea’s recent arms exports to Romania. They also explore the potential for expanded nuclear energy cooperation between South Korea and Romania while considering the implications of Westinghouse Electric Corpora ..read more
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President Yoon’s staff shakeup and Sewol documentary controversy — Ep. 15
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In this week’s episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, Jeongmin is on vacation, so John is joined by news trainees Joon Ha Park and Lina Park. The trio discusses the aftermath of President Yoon Suk-yeol’s senior staff resignations following the ruling People Power Party’s defeat in the previous week’s general elections. The team examines potential candidates for the prime minister and chief of staff positions. They also delve into Yoon’s meeting with Daegu City Mayor Hong Joon-pyo and the president’s remark about being open to meeting with Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung, a significant develop ..read more
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Ruling People Power Party’s landslide defeat and what comes next — Ep. 14
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1M ago
In this slightly extended episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, Jeongmin and John delve into the aftermath of South Korea’s general elections, which saw the ruling People Power Party (PPP) suffer another landslide defeat while the Democratic Party (DP) and the Rebuilding Korea Party (RKP) emerged victorious. The hosts discuss the string of resignations that followed the election, including PPP interim leader Han Dong-hoon, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and the president's chief of staff. They also explore the question of who will become the PPP’s new leader and whether President Yoon Suk-yeol will f ..read more
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Record overseas voting, ruling party woes and Ewha controversy — Ep. 13
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1M ago
In this episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, Jeongmin and John cover three key topics surrounding the upcoming South Korean general elections. First, they delve into the record number of overseas South Koreans who participated in early voting. John shares his experiences with this demographic from his younger days and discusses how the group may have changed over the years. Next, the hosts address the People Power Party’s challenges, as its interim leader, Han Dong-hoon, pleads with voters during campaign rallies amid low approval rates and calls from within for the president to resign from the p ..read more
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Special episode with Jumin Lee: Korea’s evolving political climate — Ep. 12
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2M ago
In this special extended episode of The Korea Pro Podcast, Jeongmin and John are joined by special guest Jumin Lee, a Los Angeles-based attorney and Korea Pro contributor. The trio delves into three critical topics surrounding the upcoming South Korean general elections. First, they examine the decrease in the number of female candidates running for office, a stark contrast to the increased female representation in the 2020 general election. They also discuss the ambiguous definition of a “youth politician” in South Korean politics. Next, the conversation shifts to the deteriorating political ..read more
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