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South Korea's anti-graft rules appear to be working, mostly

Restaurants take a hit, but people still approve of crackdown

Strict caps on gifts to South Korea's civil servants have lifted sales of presents in the allowed price range.

SEOUL For one woman here, South Korea's year-old anti-graft law means never having to buy another designer scarf for her child's teacher.

"You don't have to worry about what to give the teacher anymore" for Teachers' Day, she cheerfully reports, referring to the May holiday. She recalls spending on name-brand accessories while wearing cheap ones herself. With academic background as crucial as it is to South Korean children's futures, parents would do what they could on this day to keep their child in the teacher's good books. That has changed.

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