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PM Kishida likely to send FM Hayashi to ROK president’s inauguration

NHK reported at noon that Prime Minister Kishida probably will not attend the inauguration ceremony of the new ROK president slated for May 10 and will send a member of his cabinet instead. The network said coordination is underway for the premier to send Foreign Minister Hayashi. The network said that by not attending the ceremony himself, Kishida is aiming to make clear Japan’s position that pending issues such as the former requisitioned workers need to be resolved before the strained bilateral relations can be improved and also to demonstrate Japan’s expectations for the new ROK government by sending a key member of the cabinet.

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