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Some LDP lawmakers oppose idea of Kishida meeting with ROK delegation

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Sankei
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Mainichi and Sankei wrote that some LDP lawmakers expressed cautious views about the idea of Prime Minister Kishida meeting with a delegation of policy advisors to South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol that is expected to visit Tokyo starting on Sunday. They cited a lack of progress in resolving the outstanding disputes between Japan and South Korea, including the comfort women and requisitioned worker issues, as the reason. Sato Masahisa, the head of the LDP Foreign Affairs Division, said at a party meeting on Wednesday that the Japanese side should not be overly proactive about improving ties with South Korea ahead of the launch of a new ROK government because doing so would send the wrong message to Seoul. Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that Sato also expressed opposition to the idea of Kishida attending Yoon’s inaugural ceremony on May 10.

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