The court will soon decide whether or not to decide to cash out the assets of Japanese companies
(Masatoshi Muto: Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to South Korea)
For Japan, August 15 is the anniversary of the end of the war, but for South Korea, it is Liberation Day, when Korea regained its independence after escaping from Japanese colonial rule.
In his speech at the Liberation Day Memorial Ceremony on August 15, South Korean President Yoon Sung-yeol spoke about the future relationship with Japan, saying, “Kim Dae-jung, who presented a comprehensive vision of the future of South Korea-Japan relations. Kim Dae-joon) and Obuchi Joint Declaration” will be inherited, and South Korea-Japan relations will be restored and developed as soon as possible.”
President Yoon also said:
“Japan, once a target for us to escape from political control in order to regain and defend our freedom, is now a neighbor facing challenges that threaten the freedom of the world’s citizens, working together to advance together.”
“When South Korea-Japan relations are based on universal values and move toward the future of both countries and the mission of the times, historical issues will be properly resolved.”
President Yoon Seok-yeol’s speech was the president’s view on Japan-South Korea relations as it is pointed out that the Supreme Court of South Korea (equivalent to the Supreme Court of Japan) may make a decision on the sale of assets of Japanese companies as early as the 19th. It had an important meaning as the last opportunity to convey.
President Yoon Seok-yeol’s speech quoted the Obuchi-Kim Dae-jung Joint Declaration, noting that the Japanese Prime Minister expressed remorse and apology to South Korea, and urged Japan-South Korea relations to move forward toward the future. It should be evaluated as an appeal.
Meaning of the Obuchi-Kim Dae-jung Joint Declaration
The Japan-Korea Joint Declaration by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and President Kim Dae-jung states:
<Prime Minister Obuchi, looking back on the relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea in this century, humbly accepts the historical fact that Japan inflicted great damage and suffering on the people of the Republic of Korea at one time in the past due to its colonial rule. He expressed his deep regret and heartfelt apology.
President Kim Dae-jung sincerely accepts and appreciates Prime Minister Obuchi’s expression of his recognition of history, and at the same time, he hopes that the two countries will overcome the unfortunate history of the past and develop a future-oriented relationship based on reconciliation and good-neighborly friendly cooperation. He expressed that it is the demand of the times to make mutual efforts to