South Korea and Japan formally put aside their past bitter relations on September 7 at a reception in Tokyo organized by Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone for South Korea's visiting President Chun Doo Hwan.
1. SV PULL BACK GV Street scene in Tokyo with Japanese and Korean flags (2 shots) 0.08
2. GV Chun meeting Japanese and Korean parliamentarians (2 shots) 0.22
3. GV Chun and officials enter building 0.28
4. SV & CU PULL BACK TO GV Chun and Nakasone shaking hands (2 shots) 0.40
5. GV EXTERIOR Chun's car arriving for luncheon reception 0.46
6. GV INTERIOR & SCU Nakasone speaking (JAPANESE SOT) at reception and crowd applauds (5 shots) 1.28
7. GV & SV Leaders toast each other and reception applauds (2 shots) 1.41
8. SCU Chun speaking (KOREAN SPEECH) to reception, applause follows (6 shots) 2.30
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
South Korea and Japan formally put aside their past bitter relations on September 7 at a reception in Tokyo organized by Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone for South Korea's visiting President Chun Doo Hwan. The reception came during President Chun's three-day visit to the Japanese capital, the first-ever visit by a South Korean leader to Japan. At the start of the visit, Japan's Emperor Hirohito made a mild apology for Japan's treatment of South Korea during colonial rule, but during the banquet Prime Minister Nakasone went further. He expressed his 'deep regret for the error' on behalf of Japan's government and people, saying his country brought great suffering to Korea during its rule. In reply, President Chun said the 'dregs of the bitter past' had formed a barrier, but a new future could now be explored. Despite the diplomatic success of the visit, however, there had been little progress made during President Chun's visit to resolve South Korean trade grievances. Japan continues to refuse to allow Japanese high technology companies to licence their processes to South Korean firms. Speaking at a Tokyo news conference, President Chun issued an invitation to China, with whom South Korea does not have diplomatic relations, to attend the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the South Korean capital.