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Kishida expresses hope to improve ties with South Korea under new president

All broadcasters reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s comments on the victory of Yoon Suk-yeol in the presidential election in South Korea. Speaking to reporters this morning, Kishida congratulated Yoon on his victory and expressed hope to work with the new ROK president to improve relations between Japan and South Korea. Kishida said that at a time when the global community is experiencing a major shift in international relations, healthy ties between Japan and South Korea are indispensable for achieving a rules-based international order and ensuring peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and the world, adding that trilateral cooperation with the United States is also important for the two nations. The prime minister also said it is necessary for Japan and South Korea to develop their relationship based on the friendship and cooperative relations they have built since the normalization of their ties in 1965 and he hopes to work with the new ROK leader to improve the cooled relations between their nations. When asked by a reporter how he plans to improve ties with South Korea, Kishida said that the current strained ties between Tokyo and Seoul should not be left unaddressed and that it is important to closely communicate with the new ROK leader and his government based on Japan’s consistent stance on history and other issues, stressing that it is important for a nation to keep its promises to other countries.

 

The networks also said President-elect Yoon told reporters he will build a future-oriented relationship with Japan and it is necessary for Japan and South Korea to address history disputes through close communication.

 

All national dailies also reported online on the election of Yoon Suk-yeol as the next president of South Korea, focusing on his remarks today that he will build a future-oriented relationship with Japan. Nikkei speculated that security cooperation with the United States and Japan will be the pillar of Yoon’s foreign policy, noting that he has stated that he will maintain the Japan-ROK General Security of Military Information Agreement, which the Moon administration had once considered abolishing. The paper wrote that although Yoon has said he will not use relations with Japan for domestic political purposes and hopes to resolve outstanding issues with Japan, including history disputes, in a comprehensive manner, the relations between Japan and South Korea could worsen if they fail to appropriately address the issue of compensation for former requisitioned workers as the GOJ is said to be prepared to take retaliatory action if the assets of Japanese companies are liquidated.

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