Moon Calls for S. Korea-Japan Efforts to Heal Past Wounds


Seoul, March 1 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for "concerted efforts" with Japan to heal wounds his country's neighbor inflicted on Koreans, to mark the 100th anniversary of a Korean independence movement Friday.

"When the pain of victims is substantively healed through concerted efforts, (South) Korea and Japan will become genuine friends with heart-to-heart understanding," Moon said in a speech at a commemorative ceremony for the March 1 independence movement of 1919.

The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule between 1910 and 1945.

Moon apparently had in mind South Korean Supreme Court verdicts ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation for wartime labor to South Koreans, as well as the issue of wartime comfort women forced to sexually serve soldiers of the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Army.

Cooperation with Japan will be "strengthened for the sake of peace on the Korean Peninsula," Moon said in an English version of his speech.

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