“(Japan) did not have to meet, but we met. Korea owes Japan.”
The Asahi Shimbun reported the background and story behind the brief meeting between President Yun Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held in New York on the 21st (local time) in New York, USA.
According to Prime Minister Kishida’s side, there have been several requests from the South Korean government to “I want to meet you”, and when the Japanese side said, “If it is not at this time and place, I will meet you.” The meeting was made by visiting the Japanese delegation building.
The conversation lasted about 30 minutes, and the Japanese attendee said, “President Yun spoke hard in front of Prime Minister Kishida, who had a blunt expression on his face. I was trying to get you,” he said.
He continued, “They said they wanted to meet me even though there were no results, so I did not have to meet this person, but I met them. Korea owes Japan a debt,” he said.
In this regard, Prime Minister Kishida said to his aides after the meeting, “(Korea) is motivated. You just have to see what you can do in the future.”
Korea defined this meeting as ‘informal talks’ and Japan’s ‘talking’, and the terms were also mixed. However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, who is a spokesperson for the Japanese government, declined to comment at a regular meeting on the 22nd, saying, “There is no strict definition for the difference between talks and talks.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Kishida was reported to have expressed displeasure at the South Korean side’s unilateral announcement of a meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan and said, “I will never meet.”
The Asahi Shimbun analyzed, “Nevertheless, Prime Minister Kishida’s response to the meeting was a positive evaluation of the South Korean side’s attitude to some extent.”
Japanese media “Korea and Japan leaders, dialogue must continue”
The Japanese media also urged the two leaders to continue dialogue to improve relations. The Asahi Shimbun wrote in an editorial on the same day, “Since the two countries have many pending issues, political leaders need to face each other.”
“If the situation is to evaluate the Korean side’s solution positively, Japan also needs to approach historical issues again with a humble attitude,” he said.
“Conservatives supporting the LDP are opposed to accepting the summit without any prospect of resolving the forced labor issue,” he said.
“Stabilizing relations with neighboring countries is the basis of diplomacy,” he said.