Japan-ROK officials meet to continue dialogue and exchange to improve relations November 12 at 10:27 p.m.
Executives from the National Federation of Lawmakers of both Japan and South Korea met and admired the continued dialogue and exchanges between the lawmakers in an effort to improve relations between Japan and South Korea, which had deteriorated due to problems such as conscription during the Pacific War.
The leaders of the Korea-Japan Parliamentathers’ Association, a bipartisan member of the Diet in South Korea, have been visiting Japan since the 12th and met in the Diet with senior officials of the Japan-Korea Parliamentathers’ Federation on the afternoon of December 12.
At the outset, former Finance Minister Mr. Nuga, who serves as the chairman of the Japanese side, said, “I would like to make an effort to build a new Japan-ROK relationship from a big picture,” while former Deputy Prime Minister Kim Jin-pyo, a newly appointed chairman of the ruling party, said, “It is a sorry that the conflicts in relations that have started with past historical issues have surfaced and are sparking economic problems. Legislators should play a role in promoting cooperation from a multifaceted point of mind.”
After this, attendees exchanged opinions and mr. Kim said that “it is important to improve the environment so that leaders of both countries can make decisions” on the issue of “conscription” during the Pacific War, while Mr. Nuga pointed out that “it is the same opinion that it is important to create an environment, but it is the responsibility of the government to keep the promise.”
On that basis, the members’ federations ad agree to continue dialogue and exchanges between the members of the Diet in order to improve deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea.