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Asahi: Japan needs to face historical issues again and again with a humble attitude

Japanese media evaluated the meeting between President Yun Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in New York on the 21st (local time) as a first step towards normalizing relations between the two countries.

The Asahi Shimbun reported on the 23rd in an editorial titled “Korea-Japan Summit, First Step to Return to Normal”, saying, “There are many pending issues, so political leaders need to face it each other.” We need to take responsibility and make an effort to bring him back to a healthy relationship.”

Regarding the issue of compensation for forced labor workers under Japanese occupation, which is the biggest issue between Korea and Japan, the newspaper said, “If the situation is to evaluate the solution of the Korean side, the Japanese government needs to address with historical issues again and again with a humble attitude.” he also asked

The Mainichi Shimbun also published an editorial on the same day, saying, “This is the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders in two years and nine months.

I expect this will be the first step in restoring the trust that has been lost in the meantime.”

This newspaper defined the Korea-Japan summit as an ‘unofficial meeting’ and used a different term from the Japanese government, which it expressed as ‘gandam’ (浴談).

Mainichi said, “President Yoon shows a strong desire to improve relations between Korea and Japan, unlike former President Moon Jae-in, who downplayed relations with Japan.”

“Some of the conservatives who support the LDP are opposed to responding to the summit without seeing a way to solve the conscripted workers (Japanese expression of forced labor workers under Japanese colonial rule).

It is unfortunate if the Prime Minister (Kishida) shows a shaky attitude with such a voice in mind.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun also said in an editorial on the same day, “Because current issues overlap, it is very meaningful that the leaders (Korea and Japan) put their knees together. I hope,” he ordered.

In addition, the Asahi Shimbun, citing people close to the prime minister, explained the background to the conclusion of the summit that there were repeated requests from the Korean government to “see you”, and that the meeting was held on time and in the place. designated by the Japanese side.

According to Asahi, the Japanese attendee said, “(President Yoon) tried to drag the time even a little so that the (meeting) does not end in a short time.”

During the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes, President Yoon said he was continuing the conversation.

A representative from the Japanese side said, “I didn’t have to meet with this (Japan) because I wanted to meet without any consequences (relating to historical conflicts), but I met with him.

Korea owes Japan.

Of course, next time, won’t it bring results or progress?” Asahi said.

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