Abe tells Park Japan-South Korea ties are improving

Nov 16, 2015

Abe tells Park Japan-South Korea ties are improving

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Park Geun-hye that bilateral ties, strained over historical and territorial issues, appear to be improving after their first one-on-one summit earlier this month, a Japanese official said. As they exchanged pleasantries before the summit of the ...

Jun 23, 2015

Washington welcomes Tokyo-Seoul thaw on anniversary of ties

The U.S. government welcomed signs of improvement in strained relations between Japan and South Korea as they marked the 50 anniversary of their normalization of diplomatic ties. Washington has urged its two close security allies in East Asia, embroiled in disputes over history-related and ...

Feb 10, 2015

Senior government official to attend Takeshima Day ceremony

The government plans to send a senior official to a ceremony this month commemorating the designation of two islets controlled by South Korea as Japanese territory. Yohei Matsumoto, a Cabinet Office parliamentary secretary, will take part in Takeshima Day on Feb. 22 in Matsue, ...

Oct 20, 2014

Japan's top security official to visit S. Korea for talks

Japan’s top security official will make a two-day visit to Seoul for talks with South Korea’s top presidential aide for national security, both governments said Monday. Shotaro Yachi, national security adviser to the Cabinet, is expected to explain Japan’s stance on security policy in ...

Kishida wants South Korea to pitch in on summit

Oct 2, 2014

Kishida wants South Korea to pitch in on summit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called on Thursday for joint efforts with South Korea to advance bilateral relations, including holding a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye. In a meeting in Tokyo with Cho Tae-yong, South Korea’s first vice foreign minister, ...

May 29, 2014

US urges Japan, S. Korea to cooperate on missile defense

A top U.S. military official on Wednesday called for better missile defense cooperation between Japan and South Korea, in the face of strained ties between America’s two closest Asia allies and a belligerent North Korea. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their ...

Mar 27, 2014

Japan, S. Korea looking at senior officials' talks in April

A meeting in April with senior South Korean officials is being considered to lay the groundwork for a bilateral summit, diplomatic sources said Thursday. Foreign Ministry officials from both sides are ready to step up preparations for the so-called director general-level meeting, including deciding ...

Japan, S. Korea fail to mend fences

Sep 27, 2013

Japan, S. Korea fail to mend fences

Ministerial-level talks between Japan and South Korea have failed to mend acrimonious ties strained by the Takeshima territorial dispute, differing interpretations of wartime history and the safety of Japanese fishery products in view of the nuclear disaster. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that ...