The South Korean government on Thursday called for Japan to abide by the spirit of its Pacifist Constitution after the cabinet approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of its military.
South Korea sees the bills as a move by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to redefine its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.
"We expect discussions on Japan's defense policy to proceed in the direction of contributing to peace and stability in the region while sticking to the spirit of the Pacifist Constitution," foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kwang-il said at a press briefing, Yonhap News reported.
Meanwhile, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she hopes to have a summit with Abe in the near future.
Park made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with a visiting Japanese delegation that included Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and Mikio Sasaki, chairman of the Japan-Korea Economic Association, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.© Japan Today