Japanese Foreign Minister Zentaro Kosaka arrived in Seoul, South Korea, Sept 6 on a 24-hour goodwill visit.
Japanese Foreign Minister Zentaro Kosaka arrived in Seoul, South Korea, Sept 6 on a 24-hour goodwill visit. The reception he was given was described as "cool". As he arrived, small groups of demonstrators paraded along his route with placards saying "Don't make our brothers Communist slaves" and "Apologise to Korea for aggressive acts during 36 years' rule" - but other Koreans watched in silence as he passed them.
The slogans on the placards referred to Korea's period under Japanese rule - from the formal annexation in 1910 until liberation in 1945 with Japan's defeat - and to the current repatriation to Communist North Korea from Japan of some of the many Koreans now living in Japan.
Kosaka had talks with South Korea's Foreign Minister, Il Hyung Chung, which resulted in an agreement to resume negotiations for the resumption of normal relations. Talks for this purpose have dragged on intermittently for the past eight years, and were last interrupted with the downfall of the Rhee regime.