tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Japan Advances To Asian Cup Quarterfinals After 1-0 Win Over Saudi Arabia http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337851&typ_800=Q Japan has knocked Saudi Arabia out of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup. During a game at Sharjah Stadium Monday, Japan's Takehiro Tomiyasu netted a goal in the 20th minute to help his team move onto the quarterfinals. Earlier, Japan finished atop its group with three straight wins over Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan.■ Ron Chang 201901212200+0900 Arrest Warrant Hearing For Ex-Supreme Court Chief To Be Held Wednesday http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337841&typ_800=P A hearing to determine the validity of an arrest warrant request filed against former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae for alleged power abuse will be held on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Prosecutors filed the warrant for Yang on Friday on grounds that he might try to destroy evidence. He faces at least 40 charges, including abuse of power and leaking of state secrets. Yang stands accused of using or seeking to use trials as political leverage to lobby the office of former President Park Geun-hye to get her approval for the establishment of a separate court of appeals.■ Ron Chang 201901212109+0900 Ex-Vice President Of Korea Skating Union Denies Knowing Of Sexual Assault In Sport http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337839&typ_800=Q A former national speed skating coach has denied alleged links to sexual assault in the sport. In a hastily scheduled press conference today, Jun Myung-kyu, former vice president of the Korea Skating Union, said he was unaware of such incidents. His comments came after an interest group for skaters, the Solidarity for Young Skaters, claimed earlier today that there are more skaters who have been sexually assaulted by their coaches. The group said those athletes couldn't step forward and seek help because the alleged perpetrators were all Jun's admirers.■ Ron Chang 201901212108+0900 Seoul Mayor Hopes To Show N. Korean Leader Seoul Station During Potential Capital Visit http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337842&typ_800=O Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon says he wants to introduce Seoul Station to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if he visits the South Korean capital. In a New Year's meeting with foreign correspondents earlier today, Park noted that Seoul Station will be the starting and final station of a railroad leading to Eurasia if severed inter-Korean railways are reconnected. The mayor said he would also like to show Kim the Han River and a water purification plant as the North's leader is interested the water quality of the Daedong River in Pyongyang.■ Ron Chang 201901212020+0900 Seoul Expresses Regret Towards Japan's Unveiling Of New Evidence In Radar Spat http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337840&typ_800=N The defense ministry has expressed regret over Japan's disclosure of new evidence related to a military radar spat between the two countries. In what it called a final view on the dispute announced on their website, Tokyo's defense ministry said it has decided to end talks with Seoul on the issue, saying bilateral dialogue will not lead to the "verification of the truth." It also presented two audio files to back up its claim that a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar on a Japanese maritime patrol aircraft in the incident last month. Choi Hyun-soo, a spokeswoman for Seoul's defense ministry, reiterated that the essence of the dispute lies in the fact that the Japanese plane conducted a threatening low-altitude flight towards the South Korean warship that was on a humanitarian mission to rescue a North Korean vessel in distress. Choi again called on Japan to come up with measures to prevent a recurrence and apologize for the incident.■ Ron Chang 201901212020+0900 President Moon Urges US To Seize Moment With N. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337838&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in has urged the United States to seize the moment in regards to North Korea. At a meeting with his top aides today, the president also vowed efforts to help ensure the success of a second U.S.-North Korea summit. His remarks came after President Donald Trump said he and the North's leader Kim Jong-un will likely hold their second meeting toward the end of next month. Moon noted there may still be doubt about the success of the U.S.-North summit but insisted it was his and South Korea's duty to make sure the talks are a success.■ Ron Chang 201901212018+0900 Moon Names Ex-Chief Of Staff New Special Advisor To UAE http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337837&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in has named his former chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, as a new special advisor to the United Arab Emirates. Im is said to have formed a special relationship with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan when he traveled to the UAE as a special envoy in late 2017. Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Im will likely contribute to solidifying a relationship of trust and cooperation between the two countries. The president also named his former assistant for political affairs, Han Byung-do, as his new special adviser on Iraq. Han has served as the chairman of the South Korea-Iraq Friendship Foundation since 2009.■ Ron Chang 201901212014+0900 Hopes High For Trump-Kim Summit To Address N. Korea's Nuclear Issue http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337827&typ_800=U [Anchor] President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope that a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will come as an opportunity to peacefully resolve the North's denuclearization issue. Preparations for a second Trump-Kim summit have been gaining momentum after a series of high-level meetings over the weekend. Hanna Choi reports. [Reporter] President Moon said today that he hopes South Korea takes the planned second Trump-Kim summit as a chance to build lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and as a boon to the nation's economy. Moon's remarks follow U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting last week with Pyongyang's top negotiator, Kim Yong-chol, who delivered a letter from the North Korean leader and met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss details for a second summit. Trump tweeted on Sunday that he is looking forward to meeting the North Korean leader at the end of February, raising hopes for a breakthrough in denuclearization talks that have been stalled since their first summit last June. According to an analyst at a leading Washington think tank, the two countries must further build trust through the summit. Jenny Town of the Stimson Center told tbs eFM's "This Morning" today that an ideal outcome of the summit would be an agreement on a few concrete steps that both sides could carry out to keep the denuclearization process moving forward. Hanna Choi, eFM News.■ Hanna Choi 201901211932+0900 KB Kookmin Bank Union Withdraws Plan For Second Strike http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337833&typ_800=J Unionized workers at KB Kookmin Bank have decided to scrap its plan to launch a second strike later this month after making some progress in negotiations with management. The union and management are reported to have reached a tentative agreement on ways to reform the lender's wage system. The labor union had planned a three-day walkout starting January 30th following the first one earlier this month. It deferred decisions on whether to carry out third, fourth and fifth strikes as planned.■ Jeongeun Lee 201901211835+0900 Govt To Announce Blueprint On Nuclear Plan Decomissioning In March http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337834&typ_800=N The government says it will announce a blueprint for turning South Korea into a nuclear energy-free nation in March. Industry Minster Sung Yun-mo said today the government will complete a comprehensive strategy to foster the country's nuclear plant decommissioning industry by then. Sung also said the ministry plans to establish a related research institute amid calls for the government to seek new ways of keeping the energy industry running. The cities of Gyeongju, Ulsan and Busan are reportedly making efforts to host the research center.■ Hanna Choi 201901211834+0900 Seoul Stocks End Nearly Flat After Recent Rally http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337830&typ_800=J South Korean stocks swung between positive and negative terrain to finish a tad higher on increased hopes of the trade talks between the United States and China. The benchmark KOSPI finished little changed at 2,125. Other Asian markets finished higher. Hong Kong and Tokyo rose 0.3 percent each, while Shanghai gained 0.6 percent. The local currency closed at 1,128 won against the U.S. dollar, down 6 won from the previous session's close.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201901211742+0900 Rising Number Of Measles Cases Causes Concern http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337829&typ_800=P The rising number of measles cases in the country is causing concern. According to health authorities, a total of 27 people have contracted measles in Daegu as well as North Gyeongsang, South Jeolla and Gyeonggi over the last month. South Korea has been considered safe from the infectious disease since 2014, with less than 20 outbreaks reported each year. Experts are advising the public to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing to prevent the airborne disease from spreading.■ Jeongeun Lee 201901211740+0900 Govt Still In Discussions With N. Korea Over Delivery Of Antiviral Medicine http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337828&typ_800=U The unification ministry says final consultations are under way on when to send Tamiflu antiviral medicine to North Korea. But the ministry said it may be difficult to send 200,000 doses of Tamiflu and early medical detection kits to the North this week as originally planned. A ministry official said a decision will be made soon. Once finalized, the medicine will be transported via a land route to the North's border town of Kaesong. The aid package is part of an agreement between the leaders of the two Koreas last September.■ Ron Chang 201901211738+0900 Additional Sexual Assault Claims Revealed In S. Korean Skating http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337792&typ_800=Q A group of skaters and coaches has called on the government to launch a bold and swift investigation into sexual assault cases in professional sports. At a press conference this morning, the Solidarity for Young Skaters said it found five more skaters were sexually abused by their coaches in addition to Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee. Earlier, Shim came forward with a claim that she had been molested by her former coach, Cho Jae-beom, on multiple occasions since 2014. The organization also demanded the current leadership at the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee to step down for failing to safeguard athletes.■ Jeongeun Lee 201901211732+0900 Seoul City Announces Sweeping Expansion Of Gwanghwamun Square http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2337826&typ_800=O Gwanghwamun Square will be expanded to nearly four times its current size by 2021, turning it into a cultural, historical and transportation hub. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon announced the envisioned transformation project in a news conference this afternoon. According to the plan, the removal of roads between Gwanghwamun Square and the Sejong Center for Performing Arts will increase the overall size of the plaza from 19,000-square meters to 69,000-square meters, leading to the creation of a pedestrian-centered public space. The government will also build a 350-meter-long underground city between the Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul City Hall. The underground city will include a new subway station for the Great Train Express Line A that will link Gyeonggi's Paju with Dongtan via downtown Seoul by 2023.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201901211727+0900