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Will Moon ditch his `competent' event planner?

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By Sah Dong-seok

The five-year policy roadmap, unveiled last week by President Moon Jae-in's de facto transition committee, drew attention because it envisioned policies much different from those carried out by the previous conservative administration. Equally notable, however, was how the roadmap was disclosed to the public at Cheong Wa Dae.

To help boost people's understanding of policies, speakers, wearing a wireless microphone, gave a presentation with their back to a big screen. Presenters, including President Moon, didn't put on a tie and carried no script. There was no formality, and it looked as if Korea had shied away from authoritarianism and moved toward brisk communication _ rapidly. Later, the liberal leader reportedly expressed considerable satisfaction with how the event was organized.

Since the inauguration of the new government, there has been a big change in what was neglected before _ how its messages are delivered. That's probably because Moon and his close aides have really come to realize the importance of ''image politics.''

The former human rights lawyer was seen getting coffee in person during his first meeting of senior presidential secretaries upon taking office in May. The presidential office has installed an electronic bulletin board showing the country's employment status in his office, highlighting the emphasis the new President and his government place on job creation. A famed actress made an emotional........

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