Korea 24 - 2021.10.13

 
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Korea24 – 2021.10.13. (Wednesday)
News Briefing: A joint government-private committee launched on Wednesday to draw up a plan for the nation to transition to the so-called "with COVID-19" system of gradually easing restrictions. The committee is expected to collect opinions from various sectors in society, before announcing the step-by-step roadmap by the end of this month. (Jee Abbey LEE)
In-Depth News Analysis: Since Fumio Kishida officially took office as Japan’s 100th prime minister last Monday, he has held phone conversations with leaders of several key diplomatic partners, including nations in the “Quad” alliance – the US, Australia and India – and two neighboring countries – China and Russia. However, he has yet to talk to the South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Dr. Bong Young-shik, a Research Fellow at the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies, joins us on the line to discuss why Kishida might be holding out.
Korea Trending with Walter Lee:
1. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to trial two new types of electric vehicle charging stations.(골목길에 가로등형 전기차 충전기 생긴다…설치지역 6곳 어디?)
2. South Korean short track speed skater Choi Min-jeong has called for an investigation into suspicions that Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee intentionally collided with her during an event at PyeongChang 2018. (최민정 측 "심석희 고의충돌 의혹 밝혀달라"…진상조사 요구)
3. SouthKorea battled to a 1-1 draw with Iran on Tuesday in a football World Cup Qualifier, with Son Heungmin scoring for the second consecutive game. ('손흥민 선제골' 한국, 이란과 1-1 무승부...2위 유지)
Korea Book Club: Literary critic Barry Welsh introduces the latest Autumn edition of ‘Korean Literature Now’ magazine, which focuses on Young Adult literature and poetry in Korea. Highlighted works include Baek Ohn-yu's novel 'Yuwon', and 'Sunrye House' by Yoo Eun-sil, and poems by Kim Ae-ran, from her collection ‘I Walked Tall’.
Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi:
- From the Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about The Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation, a non-profit organization that restores traditional Korean houses and operates them as cultural spaces
- From the Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about events organized by the Culture Ministry and the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea introducing Korean literature around the world.

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