Japan and North Korea
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July 20, 2019

North Korea's state media has slammed Japan for its recent trade restrictions against Seoul over wartime slavery disputes, accusing Tokyo of "destroying the trend of peace" on the Korean peninsula.

After South Korea's high court ordered Japanese firms that used forced labour to compensate Korean victims, Tokyo earlier this month restricted the export of several chemicals to South Korea that are crucial to its world-leading chip and smartphone companies. 

South Korea's left-leaning President Moon Jae-in, who favours engagement with Pyongyang, has said Tokyo's actions are "politically motivated" and have caused an "unprecedented emergency" for Seoul's export-driven economy. 

North Korea has repeatedly warned the South to stop "meddling" in nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, but sided with Seoul for its trade row with Tokyo. — AFP

May 2, 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has offered to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "unconditionally" in a bid to restore diplomatic ties between the two historic foes, a daily says.

Abe, seen as a foreign policy hawk, has recently softened his rhetoric towards Pyongyang, calling for a summit with Kim to resolve an emotional row over past kidnappings of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang agents. — AFP

April 23, 2019

Japan has dropped the push to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea from its official foreign policy, an apparent softening of Tokyo's position as major powers engage with Pyongyang.

In last year's "Diplomatic Bluebook", published when tensions on the Korean peninsula were soaring, Japan says it was coordinating efforts with its allies to "maximise pressure on North Korea by all available means."

But this language was dropped from this year's edition, drawn up after diplomats had "taken comprehensively into account the latest developments surrounding North Korea", according to chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. — AFP

April 23, 2019

Japan has dropped the push to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea from its official foreign policy, an apparent softening of Tokyo's position as major powers engage with Pyongyang.

In last year's "Diplomatic Bluebook", published when tensions on the Korean peninsula were soaring, Japan says it was coordinating efforts with its allies to "maximise pressure on North Korea by all available means."

But this language was dropped from this year's edition, drawn up after diplomats had "taken comprehensively into account the latest developments surrounding North Korea", according to chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. — AFP

September 26, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un after the once reclusive leader's historic summit with US President Donald Trump. — AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to jointly overcome their mutual distrust, as he confirms ongoing efforts to arrange a Japan-North Korea summit.

Japan wants the talks to push the emotive issue of citizens abducted by the North decades ago, which has seen little movement despite a whirlwind of international diplomacy in recent months. — AFP

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