Amid moves toward improving Japan-ROK relations, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has launched the Japan-Korea Parliamentary Friendship League within the party and aims to build friendly relations through active exchanges with Korean political parties and legislators.
With regard to Japan-ROK relations, Prime Minister Kishida held a summit meeting with President Yoon Sung-yeol of the ROK on June 16, and the two leaders agreed to improve and further develop Japan-ROK relations.
Against this backdrop, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan launched the Japan-Korea Parliamentary Friendship League with the participation of more than 50 Diet members belonging to the Constitutional Democratic Party, and held its inaugural meeting in the Diet on the 22nd.
Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Masaharu Nakagawa, who was appointed as the chairman, said, "I feel that there are still rifts with the ROK, but the extent to which we can understand each other's positions is the essence of parliamentary diplomacy, and we would like to work to build friendly relations."
Ambassador to Japan Yoon Dong-min of the Republic of Korea (ROK) also attended the meeting, saying, "Although last week's meeting was successful, the challenge is how to persuade the Korean people.
At the meeting, the leaders confirmed their policy of aiming to build friendly relations through active exchanges with Korean political parties and legislators.