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In S. Korea, The Republic Of Samsung

This June 19, 2012 photo shows Samsung’s new Galaxy S III phone, in New York. The Galaxy S III, which looks and feels like an
This June 19, 2012 photo shows Samsung’s new Galaxy S III phone, in New York. The Galaxy S III, which looks and feels like an oversized iPhone, is available next week. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Samsung is South Korea's greatest economic success, and, more recently, the subject of major controversy. Economists, owners of small- and medium-size businesses, and some politicians say Samsung no longer merely powers the country but overpowers it, wielding influence that nearly matches that of the government.

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