The Tuesday editions of all national dailies wrote that MOFA Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General Funakoshi Takehiro and his South Korean counterpart Lee Sang-ryol held talks in Seoul on Monday. The papers wrote that during the two-hour talks, the two nations remained apart over such issues as the comfort women and compensation for requisitioned Korean workers. According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Funakoshi urged South Korea to come up with a solution that would be acceptable for Japan on the requisitioned worker issue, but Lee offered no ideas.
Funakoshi reiterated Japan’s protest over the South Korean national police chief’s landing on the Takeshima Islands on Nov. 16 by saying the visit was totally unacceptable. However, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, Lee rejected Japan’s protest by saying Seoul can by no means accept any Japanese claims on the matter.
Funakoshi also met with Noh Kyu-duk, South Korea’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, and discussed issues related to North Korea, including South Korea’s idea of declaring an end to the Korean War.