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Can the deadlock between the two sides be eased when Japanese and South Korean foreign ministries hold director-level consultations on the 29th

Can the deadlock between the two sides be eased when Japanese and South Korean foreign ministries hold director-level consultations on the 29th

October 29. According to a report from Kyodo News on the 28th, a number of sources on Japan-South Korea relations revealed that the director of the Asian and Oceanian Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Takizaki Naraki, visited South Korea on the 28th and plans to meet with South Korea on the 29th Director-General of the Asia Pacific Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kim Dinghan held a Japan-South Korea director-level consultation.

Data map: In July 2019, after Japan-South Korea relations deteriorated, South Koreans boycotted Japanese goods on the streets.

According to reports, the talks between the two sides will focus on issues such as the “labor compensation case” and the trade dispute between the two countries. 

Regarding the South Korean Supreme Court’s previous request for Japanese companies to compensate South Korean ex-employed workers, Takizaki will require the South Korean side to take measures acceptable to Japan during the negotiations.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized in a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives before that, “In order to restore sound Japan-South Korea relations, based on our country’s consistent position, we strongly demand (South Korea) to respond appropriately.”

In this regard, South Korea has previously stated that the government cannot intervene in judicial judgments, and Japan and South Korea have reached a deadlock on this issue. In addition

Kim Dingham is expected to ask Japan to withdraw a series of measures to strengthen export controls on South Korea during the talks.

Since July 2019, the dispute between Japan and South Korea triggered by the “Workers’ Compensation Case” has gone through several confrontations such as the mutual deletion of the trade “white list” between the two sides, the plan to abolish the military agreement between the two countries by South Korea, and South Korea suing Japan in the WTO.

Intensified, the relationship between the two countries fell into a freezing point.

After South Korea decided to stop terminating the military information agreement between the two countries in November 2019, a series of interactions took place at the government level of the two countries.

However, the relationship between the two sides has not been substantially improved. In August 2020, the South Korean court ruled to confiscate the assets of Japanese companies involved in the “Workers’ Compensation Case” in South Korea, and the contradiction between the two countries has further intensified. It remains to be seen whether the talks can promote the relaxation of relations between the two countries.

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