TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida mentioned Tuesday he’s arranging a visit to South Korea for talks with President Yoon Suk Yeol in return for his March visit to Tokyo, aiming to additional strengthen their ties earlier than the upcoming Group of Seven summit.
Tokyo and Seoul have been working to restore relations that have been strained over wartime historical past disputes as they deepen three-way security cooperation with Washington in response to rising regional threats from North Korea and China.
Chatting with reporters Tuesday in Ghana as a part of his multi-nation journey to Africa and Singapore, Kishida mentioned he hopes to go to Could 7-8 and alternate views with Yoon on methods to hurry up the bolstering of bilateral ties and talk about regional and international points.
“If my South Korea go to is achieved forward of the G-7 summit, I anticipate it is going to be a fantastic alternative to present impetus to our ‘shuttle diplomacy’ and have a heart-to-heart alternate of our views on accelerating Japan-South Korea ties and drastically altering the worldwide state of affairs,” mentioned Kishida, who’s internet hosting the Could 19-21 summit in Hiroshima.
Kishida would be the first Japanese chief to go to South Korea since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018. The 2 leaders are anticipated to give attention to their cooperation and responses to North Korea’s nuclear and missile improvement.
Japan and South Korea wish to guarantee their relations are on monitor for appreciable restoration forward of G-7, the place Yoon is invited as one in every of eight outreach nations. The 2 leaders are additionally anticipated to carry trilateral assembly with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines.
Washington has been stepping up cooperation with its key Asian allies.
Yoon was in Washington final week and received stronger U.S. commitment on extended nuclear deterrence, together with improved data sharing and nuclear submarine visits to South Korea. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was on the White Home on Monday and Biden reiterated U.S. commitment to the Philippines’ security and famous the “deep friendship” of the 2 nations.
Ties between Japan and South Korea have improved quickly since March, when Yoon’s authorities introduced plans to use South Korean funds to compensate forced laborers with out requiring contributions from Japan. The plan goals to finish a dispute stemming from South Korean court docket rulings in 2018 that ordered Japanese firms to compensate Korean employees for abusive remedy and compelled labor throughout World Warfare II, when the Korean Peninsula was a Japanese colony.
Since Yoon’s journey to Japan in March, Tokyo and Seoul have mostly resolved their trade disputes. The 2 sides additionally held the primary talks between their finance ministers in seven years, in search of strengthened cooperation in resilient provide chains amid China’s rising affect.