Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

January 7, 2016

On January 7, commencing at around 4:40 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit Telephone Talk with Ms. Park Geun-hye, President of the ROK. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. The two leaders shared the view that firm responses need to be made by the international community, including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and they also confirmed that Japan and the ROK will work closely together. In addition, President Park expressed significant expectations toward Japan’s role as a non-permanent member of the UNSC.

2. Furthermore, the two leaders shared the view that for the very reason that an agreement between the two countries was recently reached on the comfort women issue, the two leaders can coordinate closely on important occasions such as this. Additionally, the two leaders stated that they intend to make this year the year that marks the start of a new era between Japan and the ROK.

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