Asahi and Nikkei reported on Saturday the LDP held a joint meeting of its Foreign Affairs Division and Research Commission on Foreign Affairs on Friday and adopted a resolution of protest against the recent ruling by a South Korean court ordering the GOJ to pay damages to former comfort women. The resolution reportedly calls on the ROK government to take measures to correct its violation of international law and urges the GOJ to take countermeasures such as taking the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The resolution will be submitted to Foreign Minister Motegi in the near future.
In a related story, Asahi and Yomiuri reported on Saturday that MOFA Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau chief Funakoshi held a video conference with his South Korean counterpart Kim Jung-han. Funakoshi reportedly called on South Korea to take measures to correct its violation of international law in relation to the recent court ruling.
Meanwhile, Monday’s Nikkei and Mainichi reported from Seoul that new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kang Chang-il, who will assume his post on Jan. 22, held an online meeting with the Japanese media on Sunday. On the strained bilateral relationship over the issues of former requisitioned workers and court ruling on comfort women, Kang reportedly said he would do his utmost to fulfill his mission to create a future-oriented relationship. He also reportedly expressed hope to improve bilateral ties on the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.