Kishida, Yoon hail closer ties as ‘shuttle diplomacy’ resumes

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his “heart aches” over Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean peninsula, speaking after Sunday’s meeting with South Korean leader Yoon Sok-yul in Seoul — the first bilateral visit by a Japanese leader in more than 12 years — during which the two paid tribute. Rapid progress in improving relations between the two countries.

The visit, which came on the heels of Yoon’s trip to Tokyo in March, was largely focused on maintaining momentum to improve relations after relations deteriorated in 2018 to their lowest point in years over war history and other issues.

But it also saw the two leaders agree on a range of issues, including sending South Korean experts to Japan for scientific analysis as part of “meaningful steps” to help the South Korean public better understand Tokyo’s plan to release processed radioactive material. Water in the sea from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

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