South Korean novelist Shin Kyung-sook admits to plagiarizing Japanese author
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South Korean novelist Shin Kyung-sook admits to plagiarizing Japanese author

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of South Korea’s most influential writers has admitted to plagiarizing a well-known Japanese author in a short story she published a decade ago.

Shin Kyung-sook said in an interview with the Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper published Tuesday that she will ask her publisher to remove the story “Legend” from future editions of a compilation of short stories published in 1994.

A fellow South Korean novelist said last week that a passage in “Legend” was similar to part of a 1961 short story by Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Shin’s publisher initially denied the allegations.

Shin won the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize for her internationally-acclaimed novel “Please Look After Mom.”