House of Representatives Vice Speaker Seishiro Eto, who is planning to visit North Korea in mid-November, has been urged by the government to reconsider his plan.
Eto has signalled his intention to visit North Korea on Nov 15 as part of a delegation of two bipartisan parliamentary groups which advocate the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea. The visit coincides with the Japan-North Korea soccer game which is part of the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Currently, there are no plans for Eto to meet any high-ranking North Korean officials during his visit.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told a news conference that he felt Eto's trip was not appropriate, considering the current tensions between Japan and North Korea, Fuji TV reported.© Japan Today