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Japan urges South Korea to abide by 1965 pact

  • October 29, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 5:09 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)–Japan reiterated its demand on Tuesday that South Korea act to resolve the issue of wartime labor based on a 1965 bilateral agreement.

“Our country’s stance is consistent and is not going to be changed,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

The remarks came as Wednesday marks a year since the South Korean Supreme Court handed down the first in a series of rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate conscripted workers from the Korean Peninsula before and during World War II.

Tokyo argues that all South Korean claims for wartime damage had been addressed by the 1965 agreement.

At a separate news conference, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi warned South Korean plaintiffs against selling assets seized from Japanese companies.

“Such a move is unacceptable and would further damage relations between Japan and South Korea,” Motegi said.

Suga denied news reports that Tokyo and Seoul are considering a proposal that the South Korean government and private companies set up a fund that Japanese companies would contribute to in the name of economic cooperation, as a way of resolving the issue.

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