Secretary-General of the Japan-South Korea parliamentarians’ league and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura of the Liberal Democratic Party met with Moon Hee-sang, speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly, in Kazakhstan on Sept. 24. They reportedly discussed how to turn around the Japan-South Korea relationship, which has deteriorated to its worst-ever level due to the South Korean Supreme Court rulings on cases involving the so-called requisitioned workers as well as that nation’s decision to scrap its General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan.
In February, Moon demanded the Emperor Emeritus, who was Emperor at that time, to apologize for the comfort women issue. This request led to the further deterioration of Japan-South Korea ties. Kawamura was visiting Kazakhstan to attend a forum of the heads of the national assemblies of Eurasian nations on behalf of Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima.