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Japan, South Korea at odds over requisitioned workers dispute

  • May 25, 2019
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All Saturday morning national papers took up a Japan-South Korea foreign ministerial meeting held in Paris on Thursday, noting that the two ministers exchanged harsh language over their bilateral dispute over requisitioned workers. Foreign Minister Kono reportedly stressed that unless Seoul resolves the issue by the G20 summit in Osaka in late June, Prime Minister Abe would probably not be able to accede to President Moon’s wish to hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of the international confab. Asahi took up remarks made by an ROK government source, who reportedly projected that the Moon administration will probably not be able to come up with viable measures to settle the matter in a month or so, given that all potential ideas have already been examined and judged unfeasible from the “standpoints of legality, finance, and national sentiment.”

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