Mainichi Calls for Abe to Attend PyeongChang Olympics


He urged the global community to "maximize the pressure" on Pyongyang. Japan and South Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan's 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula and the "comfort women" issue is especially touchy.

The ministry, however, said it would not seek to renegotiate the deal.

She also said the South Korean government plans to set up its own fund equalling the 1 billion yen provided by Japan, while discussing what to do with the Japanese money. He also pointed to the EU's economic partnership agreement with Japan that were completed past year during Estonia's European Union council presidency. "Japan should accept the truth, make a heartfelt apology to victims".

All six nations Abe is visiting are among the 16 Central and Eastern European countries that hold an annual summit meeting with China. Keeping this promise is an worldwide and universal principle.

"This issue can not be resolved through a give-and-take deal between governments struck over the victims' head", he said.

A panel the size of a laptop computer fell off one of the Japanese prime minister's jumbo jets, the defence force said on Friday, a potentially embarrassing mishap amid concern over the dangers posed by parts falling off U.S. military aircraft based in Japan. Following Moon's remarks, the Japanese government reportedly filed a formal protest with the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo.

Another Japanese daily, the Sankei Shimbun, reported a day earlier that Abe had decided he would not attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Games.

Japan's foreign ministry press secretary Norio Maruyama told reporters in Tallinn that "step by step we understand which way North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can be a useful entity for Japan and in which area can Japan be useful for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shinzo Abe has insisted on "maximising pressure" on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes. "The more the Korean government seeks to additionally consult with Japan on the comfort women issue, the worse its relation with Japan gets". They have demanded the deal be invalidated, saying the government did not consult with them in advance and Japan's apology was not honest.