Source Title: Yoshihide Suga is still “tough” in the labor compensation dispute between Japan and South Korea
Several sources on Japan-South Korea relations disclosed on the 12th that the Japanese government has notified South Korea that if the two sides cannot make progress on the World War II labor compensation dispute, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will not go to South Korea to attend the Japan-China-ROK leaders’ meeting.
According to Kyodo News, this is Yoshihide Suga’s own intention. As the new prime minister who does not belong to any faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yoshihide Suga continues his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s hardline stance against South Korea, aiming to appease conservative voters. This “basic disk”.
The South Korean courts previously issued separate rulings requiring Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Nippon Steel to pay compensation for the forced recruitment of workers on the Korean Peninsula during World War II, and ordered the seizure of Japanese companies’ assets in South Korea for liquidation as compensation. The Japanese government determined that the Japan-Korea Claims Agreement signed when the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1965 had settled such claims and strongly opposed the ruling made by the Korean Court.
The report said that as pressure, the Japanese side set conditions for Yoshihide Suga’s participation in the meeting in South Korea, requiring the South Korean side to take “reasonable measures” acceptable to Japan on the issue of compensation.
According to Kyodo News, it is unlikely that South Korea will make such a promise. The Moon Jae-in government has stated that it cannot overturn the court ruling on the grounds of non-interference in the judicial system. Via: Beijing Youth Daily