- Title: South Korean and Japanese parliamentarians hold talks to defuse tensions
- Date: 31st July 2019
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (JULY 31, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** LEADER OF JAPANESE POLITICAL PARTY KOMEITO, NATSUO YAMAGUCHI, WAITING FOR KOREAN DELEGATION TO ARRIVE KOREAN DELEGATION ARRIVING / YAMAGUCHI WELCOMING AND SHAKING HANDS WITH THEM BOTH KOREAN AND JAPANESE PARTIES SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN POLITICIAN SUH CHUNG-WON, SAYING: "As Komeito party is a collation partner with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and therefore has a strong voice, we came here today to convey our message to ask to solve this ongoing issue." KOREAN AND JAPANESE FLAGS DISPLAYED ON THE TABLE WITH FLOWER ARRANGEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) LEADER OF KOMEITO, NATSUO YAMAGUCHI, SAYING: "You are all old friends. Today I would like to have honest discussions on various topics." CAMERAPERSON FILMING
- Embargoed: 14th August 2019 12:28
- Keywords: South Korea Japan Natsuo Yamaguchi Suh Chung-Won Komeito Trade
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Government/Politics,International Trade
- Reuters ID: LVA001AQ3Y05J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of South Korean parliamentarians met Japanese political party lawmakers in Tokyo on Wednesday (July 31), in an attempt to ease trade tensions between two countries.
During the two-day visit, South Korean lawmakers led by Suh Chung-won visited headquarters of Komeito Party, a collation partner with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), for an hour-long closed door discussion. A plan to visit the LDP was cancelled.
Relations between Japan and South Korea have become tense as Japan has tightened restrictions on some high-tech materials in what is seen as a response to South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese compensation for wartime forced labourers.
South Korean lawmakers had a lunch meeting with Japanese politician and a head of the Japan-Korea Parliamentarians' Union, Fukushiro Nukaga, earlier on Wednesday.
Nukaga, after the meeting, told reporters that two sides agreed to encourage the governments to overcome this 'the most difficult period' between two nations.
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