…Speaking after a meeting with South Korean leader Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul on Sunday. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his “heart aches” over Japan’s colonial rule over tKishida and Yoon Hail Too Closer Shuttle Diplomacyhe Korean Peninsula. This was the first such visit by a Japanese leader to South Korea in more than 12 years .Two leaders praised the rapid development of their countries’ improving relationship.
The visit, which followed Yoon’s March trip to Tokyo.IT primarily intended to keep the momentum for improving. Relations going after it. Reached its lowest point in years in 2018 due to concerns with wartime history and other factors. As part of “meaningful steps” to help the South Korean public understand. Tokyo’s plan to release treated radioactive water into the sea . IT crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The two leaders also reached agreement on a number of issues. Also including the dispatch of South Korean experts to Japan to conduct a scientific analysis.
Kishida emphasized Japan’s “unwavering” commitment to upholding prior government positions on the two neighbors’ shared history, particularly the 1998. IT joint statement that expressed “deep remorse and heartfelt apology” for Japan’s wartime aggression, as this was most significant for the relationship. At a joint press conference with Yoon, Kishida stated, “This position will not change going forward.”
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Kishida and Yoon Hail Too Closer Shuttle Diplomacy causes severe atmosphere at the time “many people to go through very difficult . Sad experiences, and my heart aches,” he continued. Given the opposition to greater ties with Japan without a new apology . The two countries’ desire to strengthen security ties in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.Kishida’s comments may allow Yoon some room to manoeuvre. Kishida described North Korea as “a serious threat to the peace and security not only of South Korea and Japan, but also of the entire world.” Adding that “the international situation surrounding us is making cooperation between Japan and South Korea increasingly essential.”
Although Yoon’s predecessor, President Moon Jae-in, and then-Prime Minister. Shinzo Abe had a meeting prior to the start of the 2018 .Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Kishida’s two-day trip was the first overt indication. IT “shuttle diplomacy,” in which the leaders of the two countries hold routine reciprocal visits, has been reestablished. Since Yoshihiko Noda, the Japanese prime minister at the time, visited Seoul in October 2011, the practise has been virtually stopped.
Yoon remarked prior to the meeting, “It took less than two months for the two of us to travel back and forth. But it took 12 years for shuttle diplomacy to resume.” “I think this is evidence that the recently restarted South Korea-Japan relationship is gaining momentum and moving forward. Yoon acknowledged that things are “clearly showing a real improvement.” But he also seemed to downplay the likelihood that some of the relationship’s more complicated problems will be resolved swiftly.
He said that while bringing about change might be challenging at first, “once it is created, it often becomes a trend.” “I think we should get rid of the perception . South Korea and Japan cannot take even a single step forward. Unless historical issues are completely settled,” he said. “I think that the trend in relations between South Korea and Japan at the moment is just such a case,” he remarked.
Kishida began his tour earlier in the day. By making a fast trip from the airport to Seoul National Cemetery, where South Korean veterans, four past presidents, and independence advocates are interred. He then presented flowers and paid his condolences to the deceased. For individuals who suffered under Japan’s military brothel system both before and during World War II, the phrase “comfort women” is a euphemism.
Later on Sunday night, the two were supposed to eat supper together. On Monday, Kishida will meet with business and trade leaders from South Korea. After greeting members of the Japan-South Korea parliamentary league.
Although Kishida’s visit was viewed as a turning point in relations. It won’t be his only opportunity to address the problems this month. As the prime minister has invited Yoon to attend the G7 summit as a guest in Hiroshima from May 19–21. The two are also scheduled to join U.S. President Joe Biden for a trilateral summit that will take place in conjunction with the G7 meeting.