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Kishida unclear about holding formal summit with S Korea

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida indicated Thursday it remains unclear when Japan and South Korea can build on a meeting between their leaders with a formal summit, a symbolic move toward improving bilateral ties long frayed over history and territorial issues.

"Nothing has been decided at the moment," Kishida said at a press conference in New York of the prospects for a summit with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, a day after the leaders held their first in-person, sit-down meeting.

Both governments characterized the talks as informal. The meeting was held behind closed doors and lasted for about 30 minutes.

The two leaders of the neighboring East Asian countries agreed to restore sound bilateral relations during their meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly's annual session, according to their governments.

Kishida and Yoon also shared grave concerns over North Korean missile and nuclear threats, and pledged to enhance cooperation to deal with issues related to Pyongyang, the two countries said.

Ties between Tokyo and Seoul have deteriorated for roughly the past three years over wartime labor and territorial issues, reaching the worst level in decades under the administration of Yoon's predecessor Moon Jae In. Yoon took office in May.

Leaders of Japan and South Korea last had a formal, face-to-face summit in December 2019.

At the news conference, Kishida also showed his willingness to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that Tokyo and Beijing will "consider and arrange specific ways of dialogue."

Leaders from Japan and China have not held in-person talks since December 2019, as the two countries remain at odds over the Senkaku Islands, a group of East China Sea islets administered by Japan but claimed by China, as well as rising concerns over the Taiwan Strait.

Tensions over Taiwan have grown following a trip by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early August to the self-ruled democratic island, which Beijing views as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.

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There should be no formal meeting until te Yoon adnministration can put forward an actual plan to resolve the South Korean Court ruling on te forced labor issue. One way is for SK to agree to the Arbitration Clause in the 1965 Treaty to establish whether the SK Courts have any jurisdiction over the matter. Another would be for both nations to settle the matter at the ICJ.

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You have my vote.

The last part the ICJ, SKorea will need to open up the 1965 agreement and read it out loud to the world. Koreans don't want to do that. They don't want to read the agreement they signed in Full in front of the world!

Going by Korean logic, the 1965 agreement doesn't cover anything in 2022!!

The moment Korea detected weakness and willingness to pay again for Comfort Women in 2015...... It was only a matter of time before they complain about force labor, also not being covered. Or not enough. Or not sincere for the Korean.

We keep giving ammunition for Korea to play it's Squid Games on repeat!

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@OssanJapan

There should be no formal meeting until te Yoon adnministration can put forward an actual plan to resolve the South Korean Court ruling on te forced labor issue.

The Korean foreign minister already explained the proposed plan to Hayashi. It's now up to Japan to announce they will accept or reject it and let liquidation proceed.

1) Japanese companies, not Japanese state, issue written apology to the victims.

2) Said Japanese companies must contribute into a joint compensation fund to be funded by other willing companies from both Japan and Korea.

If Japan refuses, then the asset liquidation is inevitable. Don't expect Yoon to be able to stop the liquidation, there is nothing he can do unless the victims agree and those are two terms issued by the victim's lawyers and won't compromise.

The Japanese wish that some kind of intervention bill is passed isn't possible because the Parliament is controlled by the supermajority of the Democratic party, which wants the liquidation to proceed.

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Kishida unclear

He's always unclear about everything

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