Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

May 5, 2021
Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

 On May 5, commencing at 9 a.m. (UK time) (5 p.m. on May 5, Japan time) for 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was staying in the UK to attend the G7 Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers' Meeting, held a Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting with H.E. Mr. Chung Eui-yong, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

  1. The two Ministers reaffirmed the importance of Japan-ROK and Japan-U.S.-ROK cooperation for regional stability, including in dealing with North Korea, and exchanged views on bilateral relations, including issues of concern between the two countries.
  2. Minister Motegi strongly urged anew the ROK to take appropriate measures regarding the judgement of the lawsuit filed by former comfort women and others based on Japan's principled positions. With regard to the issue of former civilian workers from the Korean Peninsula, Minister Motegi also renewed his call for the ROK to urgently provide a solution that is acceptable to Japan, insisting that the liquidation of the assets of the Japanese companies must be avoided at any cost.
  3. Furthermore, on ALPS treated water, Minister Motegi stated that Japan would continue its efforts, including providing necessary information, and expressed his concerns about the recent public communication by the Government of the ROK.
  4. Concerning the above, Minister Chung gave explanations based on the ROK’s positions.
  5. In addition, the two Ministers shared the view on continuing communication through the diplomatic channels in order to restore sound Japan-ROK relations.

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