Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Japanese diplomats hold talks in Seoul

Senior diplomats from Japan and South Korea met in Seoul on Tuesday. It was the first meeting of senior foreign ministry officials from the 2 countries since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine in December.

Junichi Ihara, the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, met Lee Sang Deok, the director general of the Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau.

Ihara told reporters that they frankly exchanged opinions on matters of concern for both countries, including the topic of North Korea.

He also said that he explained Japan's stance on historical issues.
The meeting follows US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Seoul last week.

Kerry urged South Korea to improve relations with Japan so they can deal more effectively with threats by North Korea.

Yasukuni Shrine honors Japan's war dead.
Those remembered include leaders convicted of war crimes after World War 2.