S. Korea Prime Minister Keen to Improve Ties with Japan


Seoul, March 30 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has expressed his eagerness to improve relations with Japan, during a ceremony in Chongqing, China.

South Korea is trying to overcome its unfortunate history with Japan and develop the 1,500-year history of bilateral exchanges and cooperation in a future-oriented way, Lee stressed.

The remarks were made during the ceremony on Friday to commemorate the restoration of the headquarters building of the Korean Liberation Army, set up by the South Korean provisional government during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. The prime minister's office released the remarks.

Lee did not refer to concrete issues, such as recent South Korean top court rulings that ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans who claim to have been forced to work for them during World War II.

During a recent parliamentary session, the South Korean prime minister also expressed his readiness to make efforts to improve relations with Japan, saying that backdoor talks were under way.

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