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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

March 1, 2018 (PM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

REPORTER: Following up on my question at the press conference this morning, I would like to ask about the speech delivered by President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK). In his speech, in addition to the issue of the comfort women, President Moon mentions that Takeshima in Shimane Prefecture is an inherent territory of the ROK, stating that, “Japan’s current denial of this fact [Japan’s occupation] is no different from rejecting self-reflection of the imperialistic invasion.” I believe the President’s remarks are incompatible with the position of the Government of Japan. Can you please explain the view of the Government and how it will be responding?
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Firstly, I would like to explain the background. Seeking to resolve the Takeshima dispute through peaceful means, the Government has made proposals to the Government of the ROK in 1954, 1962, and 2012, respectively, including referring the Takeshima dispute to the International Court of Justice. The Government of the ROK has not agreed to these proposals. Under such circumstances, it is extremely regrettable that the ROK repeatedly engages in words and actions that are unacceptable in light of the Government’s position on territorial sovereignty over Takeshima, including the remarks made by President Moon today. The Government immediately conveyed its position to the ROK through diplomatic channels and lodged a strong protest. The Takeshima dispute is not one that will be resolved overnight. We will firmly convey to the ROK that we cannot accept what is unacceptable, and address this dispute calmly and persistently from a broad perspective.

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