Recalled Japanese Envoy Returns to Seoul (News)
Seoul, April 4 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Nagamine Yasumasa, who was withdrawn nearly three months ago over a girl's statue symbolizing so-called comfort women, returned to Seoul on Tuesday night aboard a commercial flight.
Before his departure, Nagamine reported his planned return to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō during their meeting at the leader's office in Tokyo in the morning.
Abe instructed the envoy to urge Hwang Kyo-ahn, acting president of South Korea, to steadily implement a December 2015 Japan–South Korea agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve issues related to Korean comfort women, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.
"I'll meet with Hwang and other people early and urge them strongly to implement" the agreement, as instructed by Abe and Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio, Nagamine told reporters after his arrival at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul.
Tokyo recalled Nagamine and Morimoto Yasuhiro, Japan's consul-general in Busan, on January 9 in protest against the girl's statue set up near the Japanese consulate-general in the southern South Korean city by a South Korean civic group late last December. Morimoto returned to Busan also on Tuesday.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]