Fixing Wartime Labor Issue Is Priority for Japan, S. Korea: Abe

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that settling the issue of wartime labor is a top priority for Japan and South Korea now.

Abe made the remark at a meeting with former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura, who just returned from a South Korea visit. Kawamura currently serves as secretary-general of a group of Japanese lawmakers to promote the bilateral ties.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo earlier in the day, Kawamura revealed a remark by South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon at their overnight meeting in Seoul.

Lee was quoted as saying that the current disputes between the two countries over Japan's tightening of export controls on South Korea and South Korea's scrapping of its military information-sharing pact with Japan should be resolved as a package.

Kawamura said he told Lee that the bilateral situation is unlikely to improve unless the wartime labor issue is settled first.

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