Since May 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tried to create a more competitive model for Asia's No. 4 economy. At every turn, though, the past keeps getting in the way.
Seoul's brawl with arch-rival Japan is a prime example of how old baggage stymies progress. North Korea's tired antics, meantime, have taken Mr Moon's eye off the prize he promised voters: faster growth and higher incomes. Yet, nothing haunts South Korea's tomorrow more than a corporate system stuck in yesteryear. Look no further than the latest plot twist in the Samsung drama.