20 Years On, Distrust Overshadows Improved Japan-S. Korea Ties


Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--During the 20 years since Japan and South Korea signed a joint declaration pledging efforts to build a future-oriented bilateral partnership, their relations have gone through ups and downs.

After their ties were frayed rapidly in the early 2010s, the two countries are currently working to mend fences. But differences over bilateral history and territory remain unresolved, leaving mutual distrust yet to be dispelled.

In the joint declaration signed in Tokyo on Oct. 8 1998, then Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi "expressed deep remorse and heartfelt apology" over the tremendous damage and suffering Japan caused to the people of South Korea during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

Then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said both countries need to respond to the call of the times by overcoming unfortunate history and making efforts to build a future-oriented relationship.

At a news conference on Friday, Foreign Minister Taro Kono stressed Japan's policy of pursuing a future-oriented relationship with South Korea.

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