Yoon, Kishida to discuss security, tech partnership

  • The leaders of South Korea and Japan will discuss regional security, technology and science partnerships, as well as cultural and youth exchanges at a summit planned in Seoul on 7 May, marking the two nations’ “shuttle diplomacy” becoming fully operational, the presidential office said on 4 May.
  • According to presidential spokesperson Lee Do-woon, who quoted Japanese National Security Adviser Takeo Akiba, the decision for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit was made as a gesture of gratitude for President Yoon Suk Yeol’s courage to mend ties between the countries. Akiba was in Seoul on Wednesday to make arrangements for the prime minister’s visit with his Korean counterpart, Cho Tae-yong.
  • The summit will be followed by a joint press conference and a dinner hosted by President Yoon, he added.
  • A joint declaration, however, is unlikely, considering that the summit is part of a working visit by a foreign leader, not a state visit, an official said, requesting anonymity.
  • On reports that the topic of Fukushima’s contaminated water could be added to the summit agenda, the official said discussions on the matter were still underway, and that he does not believe it needs to be excluded.
  • The Japanese leader will receive top-level security during his visit to Seoul, the office said, citing recent incidents that raised the need for the highest level of protection.

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