Yu Myung-hwan

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yu.
Yu Myung-hwan
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Yu meeting Robert Gates at the Pentagon in 2008
Korean name
Hangul 유명환
Hanja 柳明桓
Revised Romanization Yu Myeong-hwan
McCune–Reischauer Yu Myŏnghwan

Yu Myung-hwan (born April 8, 1946) is a South Korean diplomat, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2008 to September.4 2010. His resignation was caused when his daughter was given a job in his department . He has previously held posts including Ambassador to Israel, Japan and the Philippines.[1] Yu received his bachelor's degree in public administration from Seoul National University.

Nepotism charges[edit]

In 2010, Yu has resigned over accusations of nepotism involving his daughter. Yu's daughter, Yu Hyun-sun, was employed at the foreign ministry as a mid-level director through a special employment program.[2]



  1. ^ "Yu Myung-Hwan Named S.Korean Vice Foreign Minister In Reshuffle". AsiaPulse News. July 27, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ Sim, William (September 4, 2010). "South Korea Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan Offers to Quit, Spokesman Says". Bloomberg. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yu Myung-hwan at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Song Min-soon
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea
February 29, 2008–September 4, 2010
Succeeded by
Kim Sung-hwan