May 25, 2017 12:45
President Moon Jae-in opened his office to the media on Wednesday as part of efforts to make the presidency more transparent.
Moon works out of a smaller office outside the main hall at Cheong Wa Dae and gave reporters a glimpse of his workspace with the new "job scoreboard" there to keep track of the number of jobs created. One of his key campaign pledges was to create more jobs especially for young people.
Moon's office is just half the size of the main office that his predecessors used.
Moon said, "I think this is the first time that the media has seen my office. It's smaller than the official one in the main hall, but it's big enough for me. I'm going to use the official office for formal events like public appointments but work out of this one."
Besides the desk there is a sofa and coffee table piled high with newspapers. There is also a large round conference table surrounded by 10 chairs.
"I used to use this table when I was senior secretary for civil affairs" during the Roh Moon-hyun administration "and took it out of storage and brought it here," he explained.
He said he prefers a round table to promote a sense of equality among staff members who gather there for meetings.
Conventional offices of high-level officials usually have plush seats at an oblong table, with the boss presiding at the top end and fine gradations of seniority running all the way down to the other end.
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