Prime Minister Abe’s Resignation Report on the Front Page of the Korean Newspaper Expectations and Cautious Views on Japan-ROK Relations

Prime Minister Abe’s Resignation Report on the front page of the Korean newspaper Expectations and cautious views on Japan-ROK relations August 29 at 12:50 p.m.

As for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s intention to resign, a South Korean newspaper has taken up the issue on one front, expressing his expectation that japan-ROK relations, which have been exacerbated by problems such as conscription during the Pacific War, will change, while also expressing a cautious view that improving relations is not easy.
A major South Korean newspaper on September 29 published a photo of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a press conference on the 28th, with headlines such as “Blitzkrieg Resignation.”

Among them, the conservative Toa Ilbo reported that “there is a lot of interest in w whisting up relations between Japan and South Korea, which have been deteriorating.” On that basis, he said, “For the time being, there is an expectation from the government and foreign officials that it will have a positive impact on relations between the two countries.”

On the other hand, the innovative Hankyoreh newspaper also expressed a cautious view that improving relations would not be easy, as “the positions of the two countries are fundamentally different and it will take quite a while for the next prime minister to change his policy” on issues such as “conscription” during the Pacific War.

The Korean media is highly interested in the outcome of the choice of successor, but the conservative Chosun Ilbo said, “Public opinion in Japan has a strong atmosphere in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy on South Korea. It is not a change of government, so it is likely that the views on important issues that are pulling the footing of relations between the two countries will not change.”