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Gist of Japan-ROK foreign ministerial

  • January 16, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

[The following is the gist of the meeting between Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held in East Palo Alto, near San Francisco, on Jan. 14, 2020 (Jan. 15, Japan time)].


Wartime South Korean requisitioned workers


Foreign Minister Motegi strongly urged South Korea to rectify its violation of international law at its own responsibility.


South Korean Foreign Minister Kang explained South Korea’s traditional position.


The two ministers agreed to continue dialogue between their diplomatic authorities, including at the ministerial level.


Export controls


Kang called on Japan to rescind the strict export controls [imposed on South Korea-bound products] as soon as possible and to accelerate trade dialogue.


Motegi explained Japan’s position (including the rebuilding of damaged trust).


Japan-South Korea ties


The two ministers noted the importance of promoting people-to-people and region-to-region exchanges and confirmed the need for their governments to advocate this.

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