Moon's War-End Anniversary Speech Welcomed in Tokyo

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in's speech on Thursday, the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II, was welcomed by Japanese government officials as suggesting a change of his hard-line attitude toward Japan.

The presidential address struck a "very moderate tone, compared with his recent remarks," Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a press conference on the day.

The day's speech and the president's statement marking a "comfort women" memorial day on Wednesday both contained "little anti-Japan rhetoric," a senior Foreign Ministry official pointed out.

In the speech, Moon said, "If Japan chooses the path of dialogue and cooperation, we will gladly join hands."

Moon, however, did not mention the issue of wartime labor, which, along with the issue of comfort women, or wartime prostitutes, mainly Koreans, for the then Imperial Japanese military, is at the center of tensions between the two Asian neighbors.

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