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Exclusive: Japan’s new envoy arrives in S. Korea

  • February 13, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:26 a.m.
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Seoul, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s new Ambassador to South Korea Koichi Aiboshi arrived at Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, on Friday, with a three-day delay, to start his jobs in the new post, diplomatic sources told Jiji Press.

Aiboshi, 62, was initially scheduled to enter South Korea on Tuesday.

But his arrival was delayed because his departure from Israel, his previous place of duty, was postponed due to flight restrictions in place in the Middle East country amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As one of his key missions, Aiboshi is expected to urge the South Korean government to move for resolving a series of issues that have strained the bilateral ties, such as those related to wartime labor and Korean women who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

South Korean media reported that people in the country are increasingly paying attention to if the arrival of the new ambassador will be a fresh turning point for the soured bilateral relationship.

Previously, reporters had chances to meet with new Japanese ambassadors to South Korea for comments at airports upon their arrivals in the country.

This time, however, such an opportunity was not provided to prevent possible infection with the coronavirus.

After joining the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1983, Aiboshi assumed such posts as minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, as well as director-general for global issues and director-general of the Consular Affairs Bureau at the ministry.

Just before taking up the post of ambassador to South Korea, Aiboshi served as ambassador to Israel from July 2018.

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