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Suga hopes for 'forward-looking' ties in letter to S Korea's Moon

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Moon also sent a congratulatory letter to Suga last week, saying he was willing to sit down anytime to improve relations and foster diplomatic, economic and people-to-people exchanges.

The following would improve relations.

Reinstate the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement and ensure that the money Japan paid goes to the surviving CW.

Agree to abide by the Arbitration Clause in the 1965 SK-JPN Treaty to settle whether the Treaty has settled individual claims.

Agree to go before the International Court of Justice to settle the territorial dispute over the Liancourt Rocks.

Provide the export information requested by Japan if South Korea wants to remain on Japan's White List.

Can pretty much guarantee the Moon administration will do none of the above.

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The following would improve relations

Admit that the "comfort women" agreement was hurriedly made at the last moment with a disgraced SK president about to be arrested and jailed, without consulting the survivors, and needs to be rethought.

Take the forced labour compensation issue to the International Court of Justice for adjudication.

Take all outstanding territorial disputes with neighbouring countries to the ICJ and abide by the results.

Remove all trade sanctions against SK made in retaliation to totally unconnected WW2 issues.

Certainly Abe took none of these steps. I hope Suga will.

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happyhereToday  03:08 pm JST

The following would improve relations

Admit that the "comfort women" agreement was hurriedly made at the last moment with a disgraced SK president about to be arrested and jailed, without consulting the survivors, and needs to be rethought.

70% of the surviving Comfort Women approved of the 2015 Agreement. Yet Moon ripped it up and despite Japan having paid per the Agreement, the Comfort Women have yet to be paid. Reinstate the Agreement.

Take the forced labour compensation issue to the International Court of Justice for adjudication.

Absolutely, South Korea needs to become a signatory to the Agreement which accepts and recognizes ICJ jurisdiction. Japan already is. But first South Korea needs to abide by the Arbitration Clause in the 1965 Treaty which Japan has requested and SK has refused.

Take all outstanding territorial disputes with neighbouring countries to the ICJ and abide by the results.

Japan has requested ICJ settlement of the Liancourt Rocks THREE TIMES and South Korea has refused each time. SK needs to sign up to accept ICJ juriosdiction.

Remove all trade sanctions against SK made in retaliation to totally unconnected WW2 issues.

As soon as SK submits the export information as requested, a requirement to keep White List status.

Certainly Abe took none of these steps. I hope Suga will.

These are steps that only South Korea could take.

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Time for Japan to listen to China on how to deal with SK just use the “Stick” n give them their own medicine of boycott relation will b superb

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Time for Japan to listen to China on how to deal with SK just use the “Stick” n give them their own medicine of boycott relation will b superb

Big mistake, equating the Japanese market to the chinese market or number of Japanese tourist to chinese tourist. It is like comparing a pig with an elephant.

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Nothing will change until SK stops abrogating agreements it makes with Japan.

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From where the market come here N the richness of a nation is calculated by GDP n population n China is export driven economy no export china dries as simple as that n no no materiel to assemble SK BOL

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Waiting for the whistleblower leak on items covered in their phone conversation.

There must something illegal in there somewhere.

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