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Kishida urges S Korea to do more over wartime row to improve ties

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Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday urged South Korea to make more of an effort at mending bilateral ties soured by wartime issues.

Kishida's push made in parliament referred to court rulings in South Korea that have ordered the seizure of assets of Japanese companies as compensation for colonial-era labor performed by its nationals.

During an upper house plenary session, Kishida, who took office on Oct 4, also said Japan's relationship with South Korea, which has been at its lowest point in decades, should not be left as it is while indicating that no immediate breakthrough is in sight.

"I strongly urge the South Korean side to present an acceptable solution at an early date to bring Japan and South Korea back to healthy relations," the prime minister said a day before he is set to dissolve the lower house for a general election at the end of this month.

Bilateral relations sharply deteriorated after the South Korean Supreme Court rulings in 2018.

Japan takes the position that all claims connected to its 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula are "completely and finally" settled by a 1965 bilateral accord that provided South Korea with financial assistance.

With the two countries remaining as far apart as ever, Kishida's predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, never held a summit during his one-year tenure with South Korea's President Moon Jae In.

Touching on the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Kishida said Japan's cooperation with South Korea and their trilateral partnership with the United States are "absolutely necessary" for the region's stability.

Among other issues addressed in the Diet session was Kishida's stance on allowing married couples to have separate surnames.

Under current law, married couples must share the same name, with over 90 percent of wives changing their surnames. The system has long been criticized as outdated and sexist.

Kishida had previously indicated his willingness to change the law but has moved further away from allowing married couples to register under separate surnames.

Opposition parties have leveled criticism at Kishida, with Akira Koike, second-in-command of the Japanese Communist Party, telling him during the session, "You're too irresponsible."

Most of the parties, including the government's junior coalition partner Komeito, favor amending the law to change the surname system.

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I urge Kishida to resign. lets see if urging works.

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The more we talk, the deeper we will bog down. It is easy to understand their nature when we see what's happening in the presidential election there now.

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First step is to stop going to Yasukuni.

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Mr. Kishida, The only way to improve relations with South Korea is to stand up to them. Be strong. Don't back down.

Remember the 1965 aggrement. 2015 aggrement.

Comfort Women Statues.

Preventing more boycotts of Japanese products.

Preventing S. Korea from backing away from past agreements and future agreements.

To get S. Korea to be a better Ally, more reliable, a better neighbor and friend.

Strength is what S. Korea understands Best!

South Korea has no respect for Japan who apologies 56 times. Would you have respect for someone who apologies on demand?? ..... No. It's pathetic and sad.

Would you have respect when S. Korea took Takeshima with 0 resistance. Then we add them to privileged list of countries on trade.

South Korea time and again has slapped Japan in the face!! Then we apologies to South Korea and pay compensation!! Pathetic.

No wonder Koreans are so confused.... Spoiled for decades with apologies and compensation on Demand.

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Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday urged South Korea to make more of an effort at mending bilateral ties soured by wartime issues. "Back in the day we invaded their country, raped the women, murdered the men and enslaved their children; unfortunately they haven't forgotten and this is holding back bilateral relations. I strongly urge the South Korean side to forget everything that happened from 1920 to 1945 at an early date to bring Japan and South Korea back to healthy relations."

-13 ( +12 / -25 )

Japanese politicians are poor fighters. If the same thing happens in U.S., they will reject flatly.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

Korea is like the nightmare neighbour!

Both sets of politicians need to grow up.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

I have an urge to laugh every time I read this.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

LDP in a nutshell...its always easier to urge somebody else to do something rather than getting their overpaid bums off the seat and doing it themsleves.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Japan has paid and apologized for its crimes, yet South Korea continues to victimize itself and indoctrinate its children to hate Japan.

Just two years ago, people were refusing to refuel Japanese cars, harassing a US official for having a moustache similar to a long dead Japanese general's, and trying to break into the Japanese embassy. The Moon administration threatened to scrap GSOMIA and lied about consulting the US. Its children drew pictures of Japan bring nuked, and a district tried to make it mandatory to put stickers in classrooms that say “This device was made by a war criminal”.

South Korea needs to stop pretending like it's waiting for an apology or compensation. Korea's hatred against Japan is like a festering virus that will never die no matter how many times Japan apologizes, as long as Koreans keep indoctrinating their children to believe they are are owed something. The hypocrisy and self-righteousness makes me ashamed to be Korean.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

Is that how Kishida deals with relationships? 'You do more, it's all up to you'?

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

"I strongly urge the South Korean side to present an acceptable solution at an early date to bring Japan and South Korea back to healthy relations,"

Umm... building relationships is not a one way street. This sounds like Japan is ordering Korea to present the solution and bring it to Japan like they own Korea. Both Korea and Japan needs to work together in this. Perhaps Japan can contribute by acknowledging their war crimes and teaching the general population some history?

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OK, Kishida, this is your famous 'dovish' compromise:

First Korea has to agree they were wrong about everything and that Japan was right. Then Japan will sit down and negotiate with them to improve their relationship.

Once a colonialist nation, always a colonialist nation.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Korea needs to stop victimizing itself, it’s pure cringe.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

I am just a little shocked at all of the countries that harbor ill-feelings toward Japan because of the pre-WWII actions. Now North Korea hating the U.S. makes perfect sense but it seems like the anti-Japanese feeling need to be let go of.

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The Japanese have come to realize that the wartime issue is industrial profiteering for Korean activists.

Yoon Mee-hyang a leader of comfort women campaigns has been charged of fraud and embezzlement. She sabotaged payment to former comfort women while enjoying own dining & wining, massaging and other miscellaneous payments from the fund.

焼き肉・マッサージ・罰金の支払いにも…元慰安婦募金、支援団体元トップが流用か

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/20211006-OYT1T50026/

11 ( +17 / -6 )

20 years from now, it will be a hundred years since WW2 started... When will they move on?

13 ( +17 / -4 )

No need to improve ties. There should be a proper distance from this kind of country

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Although South Korea often takes this too far and the Japan issue is often just used to point fingers elsewhere, South Korea not forgetting and still being angry about war issues is very understandable. Basically the same type of people that started the war are still in office and no matter how many times you pay money and bow, it doesn't matter if the next day you go and do or say something that is the opposite to that. The reason why Europe don't blame Germany for Nazis or ever bring up the subject is because if there ever was anyone in power in Germany that did speak up for Nazis the ones that would be the most angry would be the Germans themselves.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Get over it and move on.

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"I strongly urge the South Korean side to present an acceptable solution at an early date to bring Japan and South Korea back to healthy relations,"

Well there's the problem right there. In 2015 with great fanfare SK and JPN negotiated and signed a "Permanent and Irreversible" Comfort Women Agreement. Japan complied with all of SK's requests, money for the CW and a formal apology from the JP Prime Mininster. Then Moon came into office and ripped it up. To date SK has offered absolutely nothing to try and restore relations. The desire and intent is simply not there.

Moon is probably the mosty Anti-JP leader SK has ever had. He is also the most NK appeasing as well. There is absolutely zero chance of an improvement in relations until Moon is out of office.

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dbsaiyaToday  07:59 am JST

First step is to stop going to Yasukuni.

No, the first step is to stop whining about what politicians in another country do in their own country.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

First step is to stop going to Yasukuni.

There's nothing wrong with going to Yasukuni Shrine.

The cherry blossoms there are magnificent.

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No, the first step is to stop whining about what politicians in another country do in their own country.

LOL, isn't that exactly what the Japanese politicians are doing? Trying to influence south Korea's judicial ruling against war criminal companies? [facepalm]

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

So Japan is not really interested in improving relations I guess, as it's apparently unwilling to do anything except ordering others about. No big surprise though - a leopard can't change its spots

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Kishida could do something useful. Like paid up Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese

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jeancolmarToday  02:52 pm JST

Kishida could do something useful. Like paid up Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese

Why? Abe alreadty did that. South Korea kept the money, did not give it to the CW, and did not return it to Japan.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/na/kr/page4e_000364.html

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I find it surprising that people from a nation that instigated a war, treated slave laborers inhumanely and summarily executed unarmed combatants and non combatants alike could believe it should all be forgotten by the victims and their families. It will not be. Australia like South Korea, has statues and memorials based on WWII. Australia has thousands for units and for victims like the 21 nurses captured after their ship sank, marched to the waters edge and machine gunned in the back. Twenty died and one survived.

https://www.acn.edu.au/nurseclick/remembering-the-fallen-of-the-banka-island-massacre

If South Korea erects statues for comfort women, slave laborers or any other group maltreated or victimized in WWII they have every right to do so without comment let alone objections from the instigator of the crimes. When I see Japan objecting to comfort women statues and posters bitterly complaining about the audacity of South Korea erecting statues they say is to discredit Japan rather than to remember the victims, my sympathies go to South Korea and not Japan.

A murderer does not get to complain that a memorial to his/her victim was erected or to say it is purely to make him/her look bad. That horse bolted when they committed murder. In Japans case when it started war against so many nations and did so many bad things. You just have to deal with the fact Japan was not the hero but were the bad guys in that chapter of history.

Generations will remember as they do for WWI. Children who get first hand information from grand parents who were there will remember the stories. Time heals all wounds and this is no different. Insufficient time has elapsed but it will eventually.

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Tom DoleyToday  01:14 pm JST

No, the first step is to stop whining about what politicians in another country do in their own country.

LOL, isn't that exactly what the Japanese politicians are doing? Trying to influence south Korea's judicial ruling against war criminal companies? [facepalm]

LOL, going to Yasukuni doesn't have any affect South Korea. A South Korean court seizing Japanese assets in violation of the 1965 Treaty does affect Japan. Try to see the difference.

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Tom DoleyToday  01:14 pm JST

No, the first step is to stop whining about what politicians in another country do in their own country.

LOL, isn't that exactly what the Japanese politicians are doing? Trying to influence south Korea's judicial ruling against war criminal companies? [facepalm]

LOL SK's judicial rulingS which have been spilt to the opposite over the same exact issue are you talking about? Is it ruling or confusing the nation and the people and neighbors? or what? So much for the separation of powers over there

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Half of South Korea do not believe Chong Dae-Hyup narratives any more. How come there are still posters here to keep posting and lying Japan raped the women?

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jeancolmarToday  02:52 pm JST

Kishida could do something useful. Like paid up Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese

Posters like, probably intentional knowing what happened, otherwise, they would all refer to what happened Korean women REALLY used as sex slaves by Korean/US/UN troops.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

How come there are still posters here to keep posting and lying Japan raped the women?

Denial at its finest. The world knows even if you were never taught the truth. It may be painful to see Japan in such a poor light but failure to accept the truth just means you live a lie.

You can lie to yourself but the world just shakes it's collective head because it knows better and it pities you for not being able to accept the horror.

You seem to think Japan was honorable to women in bed on one one hand but accept the horrors of the murders and summary executions it committed in every country the Japanese fought in? That makes no sense at all.

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