No plans set for summit of Japan’s and South Korean leaders

South Korean President Moon Jae-in gives his New Year’s address at the Blue House on Jan. 7. (Yonhap News). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TOKYO, Feb 10, 2022, Reuters. No plans have been set for a summit of the top leaders of Japan and South Korea, a top Japanese official said on Thursday, after the South Korean president signalled his intention to improve the neighbours’ strained ties before his term ends in May, Reuters reported.

The comment by Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, came after South Korea’s Moon Jae-in expressed willingness to communicate with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to patch up relations, in a written media interview.

Matsuno declined to comment directly on Moon’s remark, however.

A historic feud over Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of Korea regarding issues such as “comfort women”, a Japanese euphemism for mostly Korean women forced to work in its wartime brothels, and wartime forced labour have long soured ties between the two Asian nations.

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