• Short Summary

    Japan and South Korea finally opened their repeatedly postponed Ministerial Conference at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday (26th December) amid demonstrations by Korean students and Japanese union members and Socialist Party representatives.

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    Japan and South Korea finally opened their repeatedly postponed Ministerial Conference at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday (26th December) amid demonstrations by Korean students and Japanese union members and Socialist Party representatives.

    The Conference had been scheduled for September, but had been put off three times due to uncertainty in relations between the two countries following the incident in which Korean opposition leader Kim Dae-jung was allegedly kidnapped in Tokyo.

    About 80 South Korean students and an equal number of Japanese demonstrated outside the heavily-guarded Ministry, claiming that the Conference should not have been held while Kim Dae-jung had still not been allowed to leave South Korea for the United States, where he plans to take up a teaching post.

    Japan's Foreign Minister Mr. Masayoshi Ohira led the Japanese delegation, which included Finance Minister Takeo Fakuda, Trade Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Economic Planning Agency Director Tsuneo Uchida.

    South Korean Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Planning Minister Tae Wan-song led the four-man Korean delegation and called for closer economic co-operation between Japan and his country in his opening speech.

    Japan had announced immediately before the Conference that it will give Yen 27,400 million (approx $90 million) to South Korea in low-interest aid.

    The Conference -- the Seventh between the two countries -- and the decision to extend aid to South Korea comes at a time when students in Seoul and other South Korean cities have been protesting their government's "over-dependence" on Japanese economic support.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6XPPJ6QSL1GU593ZQJ4WF1CJ5
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XPPJ6QSL1GU593ZQJ4WF1CJ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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