Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, “Nothing has been decided at this time” about the possibility of an official Korea-Japan summit in the future.
According to Japanese NHK broadcaster, Prime Minister Kishida, who is visiting New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly on the 22nd (local time), held a press conference and answered a question about the possibility of holding an official meeting with President Yoon Seok-yeol.
Regarding the brief meeting with President Yoon the day before, he said, “Based on Japan’s consistent position of resolving pending issues and restoring the Korea-Japan relationship to a healthy one, and developing the relationship in a future-oriented manner, We decided to accelerate the negotiations.”
Some of the Japanese government and the ruling LDP have argued that the South Korean side should come up with a solution to the issue of compensation for the victims of forced labor during the Japanese occupation, which is the biggest issue in both countries, and then attend the official talks.
Prime Minister Kishida has repeatedly stated that he would like to hold a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations this year.
“It is important to build a constructive and stable Sino-Japanese relationship together, claiming what China has to say, calling for responsible action, and cooperating on common tasks,” he said.
“The China-Japan summit has not been decided at this time, but Japan wants to coordinate specific dialogue methods based on the basic attitude that Japan is always open,” he added.
He also expressed his will to advance to a permanent member of the UN, saying, “I want to seriously listen to the voices of countries around the world and show Japan’s strong commitment to the United Nations and multilateralism.”
Regarding the controversy over the increase in defense cost, he said, “I felt a strong sense of crisis that Ukraine could be tomorrow’s East Asia after seeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. claimed.
“It is important for Japan to maintain its position as a peaceful nation after the war, to respond transparently within the bounds of the Constitution and international law, and to politely explain to neighboring countries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kishida announced that he would abolish the upper limit on the number of foreigners entering the country per day, which was introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from October 11.
It also announced that it will resume short-term visa-free entry for foreign tourists and allow free personal travel. Japan currently only allows group tours.