(Nikkei: February 8, 2016 – p. 2)
By Hiroshi Minegishi
SEOUL – In a parliamentary reply on Feb. 7, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo stated on the issue of concluding a general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA), which is required to share defense secrets directly with Japan: “Since Japan has repeatedly called for it, the government is considering the possibility while keeping an eye on other issues.”
Japan and South Korea almost concluded a GSOMIA in 2012, but the signing was postponed due to a request from the South Korean side. Japan has repeatedly called for the conclusion of a GSOMIA in order to deal with North Korea.