Prime Minister Naoto Kan meets with senior officials of the Korea-Japan Parliamentathers’ Federation to promote the improvement of the environment for improving relations between Japan and South Korea November 13 at 7:53 p.m.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan met with senior officials of the Korea-Japan Parliamentament League, which is visiting Japan, and urged the South Korean side to show its thinking toward improving the environment, while trying to improve relations between Japan and South Korea, which have been exacerbated by issues such as “conscription” during the Pacific War.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan met with former Deputy Prime Minister Kim Jin-pyo, chairman of the Korean-Japanese Parliamentaems’ Federation, at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister Kan thanked President Moon Jae-in for his congratulatory message when he took office in September.
He said, “Japan and South Korea are very important neighbors for each other, and cooperation between Japan, South Korea, Japan, the United States and South Korea is essential, including the response to North Korea.”
On that basis, he said, “Japan-ROK relations are in a difficult environment, and we would like to improve relations, but I would like the South Korean side to show its thinking in order to create an environment. In particular, the issue of conscription during the Pacific War is expected to contribute to the creation of the environment by diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.”
In response, Mr. Kim said, “The South Korean side is also aware of the severe relationship. I would like to deepen exchanges in culture and sports, including the diplomacy of legislators, to raise the atmosphere so that the public sentiment of both countries can improve, and to create an environment that makes it easier for the two leaders to make decisions.”
At the meeting, Mr. Kim asked Prime Minister Naoto Kan to visit Seoul, while Prime Minister Kan said, “I want the conditions to be put in place.”