Problemas Corea del Sur-Japón infographic
El gráfico muestra los problemas que han definido las relaciones entre Corea del Norte y Japón en años recientes.


Problemas Corea del Sur-Japón

By Duncan Mil

March 16, 2023 - El primer ministro japonés Fumio Kishida y el presidente sudcoreano
Yoon Suk Yeol se han reunido en Tokio, en medio de las amenazas de Corea del Norte, armada nuclearmente, en la primera cumbre en 12 años.

The leaders of the two U.S. allies say they hope to turn the page on years of bitterness since the end of World War ll. Relations deteriorated in 2018 after South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered Japanese firms to compensate victims of wartime forced labour.

Japan was Korea’s colonial ruler for 35 years, between 1910 and 1945.

Meanwhile, North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile that landed in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan just hours before Yoon’s arrival.

“As seen from North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile launch this morning before I left for Tokyo, North Korea’s ever-increasing nuclear missile capacity poses a great threat to peace and stability,” President Yoon said.

The two countries agreed to drop a 2019 trade dispute on high-tech semiconductor materials -- an issue that has dogged their relationship over compensation to forced labourers during Japan’s 35-year occupation of Korea, as well as the case of women and girls forced into Japanese military brothels.

Signs of a breakthrough came last week when Yoon announced a plan for South Korean companies to compensate former forced labourers.

Seoul will also drop a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against Tokyo.

“Today’s meeting with Prime Minister Kishida has a special meaning of letting the people of our two countries know that South Korea-Japan relations, which have gone through difficult times due to various pending issues, are at a new starting point,” Yoon said.

PUBLISHED: 16/03/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images