Japan Hopes to Build Ties with South Korea's Next Government Quickly (News)


Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to work hard to build solid relations with the next administration of South Korea as soon as it is established, in order to deal with growing tensions over North Korea due to the reclusive state's nuclear and missile development.

In a statement of congratulations to Moon Jae-in on winning the South Korean presidential election, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said on Tuesday that he is looking forward to meeting with Moon at an early date to talk about matters of common interest.

Japan and South Korea face common challenges in East Asia, including North Korean issues, and can contribute further to regional peace and stability by cooperating with each other, Abe said.

The prime minister is also expected to ask South Korea to implement the December 2015 bilateral agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue of Korean comfort women.

Under the agreement, South Korea vowed to make efforts to address the issue of the statue of a girl symbolizing comfort women, erected in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in 2011.

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