Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

May 9, 2017

1. On behalf of the Government of Japan and the citizens of Japan, I offer my sincere congratulations on the election of candidate Mr. Moon Jae-in as the next President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the recent presidential election.

2. Japan and the ROK are each other’s most important neighbors that share strategic interests, and I am looking forward to working with President-elect Moon in the future.

3. An amicable relationship between Japan and the ROK has been built thanks to the unceasing efforts of parties in both countries over a period of many years. I intend to join hands with President-elect Moon to advance the future-oriented Japan-ROK relationship in a broad range of fields.

4. Japan and the ROK are facing common challenges in East Asia, including responding to the North Korea issues. I believe that as a result of cooperation between Japan and the ROK, the two countries can contribute further to regional peace and prosperity.

5. I pray for President-elect Moon’s success. I am looking forward to being able to meet with President-elect Moon at the earliest possible opportunity and candidly exchange views on matters of common interest.

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