In 1988, Japan Wanted Then Crown Prince to Visit S. Korea: Records


Seoul, April 1 (Jiji Press)--A former senior Japanese government official informed the South Korean side in 1988 of hopes for an early visit to South Korea by Japanese Emperor Akihito, then Crown Prince, according to declassified diplomatic records.

The documents were released by the South Korean Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

Then Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Ryohei Murata told then South Korea Ambassador to Japan I Won-gyon that the Japanese Foreign Ministry hoped that the then Crown Prince would visit South Korea at an early date, the records show.

At the same time, Murata said there were many issues that needed to be considered, such as the health condition of then Emperor Hirohito, the father of the current Emperor and known posthumously as Emperor Showa, as well as the timing of a South Korea visit by the then Crown Prince, according to the records.

The then ambassador reported Murata's remarks to the South Korean government.

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