South Korea’s Samsung Group is embroiled in controversy after its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong was arrested and indicted on bribery charges.
Lee’s arrest and indictment was a first for South Korea, a country that has seen at least six of their top ten leaders of family-run conglomerates like the Samsung Group charged with white-collar crimes but never convicted. They have all been pardoned or let off with slaps on the wrist as the government emphasizes the need for economic stability.
With Lee behind bars, South Koreans wonder how it will impact Asia’s fourth largest economy. To learn more about the Samsung crisis we turn to Jaesok Son, a senior research analyst for the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. He also serves as an overseas advisory member of the Korean General Social Survey.