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Opinion

Freeing Samsung's billionaire leader bodes ill for South Korea

Seoul is stuck in a cycle where it serves tycoons more than ordinary people

| South Korea
Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court to attend a sentencing hearing on Jan. 18: South Koreans have seen this movie before.   © Sipa/AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

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