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New Japanese ambassador vows every effort to boost Tokyo-Seoul ties

All Headlines 22:44 September 01, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- The new Japanese Ambassador to South Korea, Yasumasa Nagamine, said Thursday he will pour every effort into improving bilateral relations with South Korea, vowing special attention to forging stronger economic cooperation.

"I will spend all my energy in order to get the recently mended bilateral relations moving, albeit by one or two steps," the ambassador said in his inauguration note posted on the embassy's homepage. "That is my first and foremost goal as an ambassador."

Nagamine said he will strongly push for bilateral cooperation on the economic front, adding "to that end, I will fully support Japanese companies stationed here."

People exchange and cultural and sports cooperation will be other issues he will focus on during his term in South Korea, he said.

"Boosting mutual understanding and trust between the two countries' peoples is most important in seeking active bilateral collaboration," the ambassador said, pledging that "I will speak with and listen to as many people as possible."

South Korea and Japan are the most important neighbors who share a long history of exchanges, he said. They have many challenges between them, but Seoul and Tokyo could mutually benefit by tackling the challenges and cooperating extensively, according to Nagamine.

Nagamine, who joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1977, previously served as ambassador to the Netherlands and deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs

The Japanese government appointed Nagamine as the new ambassador to South Korea on July 15.

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