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2021 February 24 - March 2 [JCP]

Shii talks with new South Korean ambassador

February 26, 2021
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on February 25 held talks with new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kang Chang-il, who has just assumed the post, at the JCP head office.

The two got to know each other through activities of the Japanese and South Korean parliamentarians’ unions. Shii extended his congratulations and welcome to the ambassador. Kang said that as the South Korean ambassador in Tokyo, he will work to improve relations between the two countries, asking Shii for his cooperation in this regard.

Shii and Kang exchanged views on various issues affecting bilateral relations, such as the wartime forced labor issue and the so-called Japanese military “comfort women” issue.

The ambassador explained what President Moon Jae-in in his New Year press conference said about the two problems.

Shii said that the most important thing in dealing with these historical issues is to restore the victims’ honor and dignity based on Japan’s sincere remorse for its past colonial rule. Shii added that regarding the comfort women issue in particular, it is vital for Japan to offer heartfelt apologies and a just compensation to the victims and introduce an education program designed to teach Japanese students the historical facts pertaining to this issue.

The two also discussed grassroots exchanges of Japanese and Korean peoples.

JCP International Commission Chair and Vice Chair Ogata Yasuo (JCP Vice Chair) and Kasai Akira (Lower House member) also took part in the talks.
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