Japanese Ambassador to Return to Korea This Week

17-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Chosun | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Japanese Ambassador to Korea Yasumasa Nagamine is expected to return to Korea this week.

Nagamine was recalled last week in protest over a statue in honor of sex slavery victims in front of Japanese consulate in Busan. The consul in Busan, Yasuhiro Morimoto, is also coming back.

According to Japanese media, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will make the final decision after returning from a trip of four Pacific-rim countries on Tuesday.

The news comes after Foreign minister Yun Byung-se caused outrage by saying at a National Assembly committee meeting that he will make efforts to abide by a 2015 pact with Japan. Under the deal Korea promised to take down any statues to the victims near Japanese diplomatic missions in return for indirect compensation for the victims and a noncommittal apology.

Japanese Foreign minister Fumio Kishida said both governments are aware of the “importance of abiding by the agreement.”

Abe last week called on Korea to “show sincerity,” since Japan has already paid 1 billion yen as part of the deal.

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