South Korea and Japan will hold a summit to improve their bilateral relations

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South Korea and Japan will hold a summit to improve their bilateral relations

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio will meet at a summit in Japan on March 16-17 to improve bilateral relations.

According to a statement made by the South Korean Presidential Office, Yoon, who will pay a two-day visit to Japan upon the invitation of the Tokyo government, will attend the summit in Japan.

Stating that the summit in question will be a “turning point” in the development of relations between the two countries, the statement said that the summit aims to “try to overcome sensitive problems” as well as to strengthen cooperation in the economy, security and other fields.

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In this context, Yoon and Kishida will meet at the summit.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu also said that the invitation to visit is a result of the bilateral relations that have developed since Yoon assumed the presidency of South Korea in May 2022.

“South Korea is an important neighbor in the international community with whom we should cooperate in various fields. With this visit, we hope that the ties between the two countries will further develop based on friendship and cooperation since the normalization of our diplomatic relations.”

“Sensitive issues” of the two neighboring countries

The issue of “forced Korean labor” during Japan’s colonization of the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945 is known as a sensitive issue between the two East Asian neighbors.

The Seoul administration claims that 780,000 Koreans were forced to work by Japanese companies during the 35-year colonial period.

The Tokyo government, on the other hand, argues that the 1965 agreement, which includes a compensation package of about 800 million dollars in grants and loans, resolved the issue.

On January 12, South Korea announced plans to set up a fund to compensate workers who were forced to work without pay during Japan’s colonial rule on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol announced that Japan would make compensation payments to “Korean workers who were forced to work” without the support of Japanese companies.


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