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Moon’s anti-Japan policy to continue following appointment of new justice minister

  • September 10, 2019
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All national papers reported on South Korean President Moon’s appointment yesterday of Cho Kuk, a close aide of his, as justice minister. The papers wrote that since Cho is known to be critical of Japan, Seoul’s hard line toward Tokyo is likely to continue. Yomiuri speculated that since the Moon administration’s base takes a critical view of Japan, the South Korean leader probably will not ease his tough position against the Abe administration before the general election next year. The daily added that the ROK government is inclined to use the anticipated expiration of the bilateral GSOMIA defense intelligence-sharing pact in late November as a diplomatic card to press Japan to retract its decision to tighten controls on Korea-bound sensitive trade materials by capitalizing on the U.S.’s desire to maintain defense coordination between its two Asian allies.


Asked about the new ROK justice minister in a daily press conference yesterday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reportedly said he would not comment on the internal affairs of a foreign country. According to Mainichi, Suga separately told TV-Asahi last night that South Korea is “wholly responsible” for the deterioration of bilateral relations.  

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