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No. 198, February 2015

The 5th Mutual Visit Program between the National Diet Library, the National Assembly Library of Korea, and the National Assembly Research Service


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From left: Ms. Oshima (Director, Branch Libraries and Cooperation Division, Administrative Department), Mr. Ikemoto (the then Deputy Librarian), Mr. Lee, Ms. Park, Mr. Otaki (Librarian), Mr. Amino (Director General, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau), Ms. Otsuka (Library Counsellor, Administrative Department)>>

The fifth mutual visit program with the National Assembly Library (NAL) and the National Assembly Research Service (NARS) of Korea was held from December 2 to 5, 2014 at the Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library (NDL). A staff member from each organization, Ms. PARK Chun Ja, Deputy Director, Archives and Records Service Division, National Assembly Archives of the NAL, and Mr. LEE Jung Yoon, Legislative Researcher, Science, Media and Telecommunication Team, Society and Culture Research Office of the NARS, visited Tokyo for this year's program.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Paper session I: Preservation and disclosure of parliamentary documents and parliamentary information

  • NAL presentation by Ms. Park Chun Ja, Deputy Director, Archives and Records Service Division, National Assembly Archives
  • NDL presentation by Ms. Kazumi UCHIUMI, Assistant Director, Parliamentary Documents and Official Publications Research Service, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau

In Session I, Ms. Park explained how NAL conserves the records of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and performs other relevant services. She explained the characteristics of parliamentary records and how the National Assembly Archives collects and preserves them. She also introduced the various services available on the National Assembly and NAL websites. Ms. Uchiumi presented the NDL's system for collecting, preserving, and publicizing information derived from the National Diet as well as the Full-text Database System for the Minutes of the Diet (in Japanese only) and other future goals. These reports were followed by a question-and-answer session. The NAL asked questions about conservation of original copies of legislative bills and the construction and provision of the Full-text Database System. The NDL asked questions about the time-span during which parliamentary information is included in the National Assembly's databases, the extent to which the information collected by the National Assembly Archives can be accessed, the usage of microfilm, and regular exhibitions of the NAL's collections.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Paper session II: Promotion of information and communications technology

  • NARS presentation by Mr. Lee Jung Yoon, Legislative Researcher, Science, Media and Telecommunication Team, Society and Culture Research Office
  • NDL presentation by Mr. Takahiro NOGUCHI, Director, Land Development and Communications Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau

In Session II, Mr. Lee discussed issues related to the current state of Korea's household expenditures on communication and government policy responses. His presentation included an explanation on typical household expenditures and the mobile communication network market, followed by a summary of measures taken by the Korean government, such as decreasing charges and shifting how hand-held devices are distributed. Mr. Noguchi's presentation focused on improvements to the information and telecommunication infrastructure in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled to be held in Tokyo in 2020. These included expansion of free Wi-Fi services, promotion of forward-looking broadcasting and communication services, the establishment of cyber-security policies, and other IT-based measures that are under consideration. During the question-and-answer session following these reports, the NARS asked about an operating body to expand free Wi-Fi services and cost sharing, and measures taken to enable foreign visitors with various authentication systems to use Wi-Fi. The NDL asked about the role of postal services in operating mobile virtual networks, setting the maximum limit of financial incentives to encourage mobile purchasing, reduced charges according to the length of the contract, and measures taken to promote competition between telecommunication carriers.

In addition to these sessions, the delegations met with staff members from the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau (Ms. Park met with the staff of the Parliamentary Documents and Official Publications Division, Mr. Lee met with the staff of the Land Development and Communications Division). During the meeting, the delegation and the NDL staff had lively discussions about each other's organizations. The delegation also visited the National Diet, the Detached Library in the Diet, and the National Archives of Japan.

At the end of the program, the delegation and the NDL staff confirmed their agreement for future programs, which was concluded in April 2014. The next program is scheduled to be held in Seoul with two delegates dispatched from the NDL.

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