Yoon praises Japan’s Kishida for his efforts to mend ties

  • South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said on 21 May that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s expression of compassion for those who suffered as forced labourers under Japan’s colonial rule had resonated with many South Koreans.
  • Yoon, meeting Kishida on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, praised his leadership in seeking to respond to global challenges in security and the economy.
  • Sunday’s meeting was the third between the two in 2023, marking a thaw in years of icy relations between the Asian neighbours. South Korea announced in early Mar 23 a plan for its companies to compensate victims of forced labour under Japan’s 1910-1945 colonisation of the Korean Peninsula.
  • Before their meeting on 21 May, Yoon and Kishida visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park to pay their respects at a memorial for Koreans who died in the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in 1945.
  • “I feel that our visit was important for both Japan and South Korean relations, as well as for us to pray for world peace,” Kishida told Yoon of the first visit to the memorial by the leaders of both countries together.
  • The joint visit symbolises efforts by both leaders to face the painful past and heal from it, Yoon’s spokesperson Lee Do-woon told a briefing.

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