It has been almost a month since Japan recalled their ambassador to Korea in protest of the comfort woman statue in Busan. However, Korea-Japan relations are showing no signs of improvement.
The conflict over the comfort woman statue is rather exacerbating.
Jo Sung-hye has more.
The Japanese government temporarily recalled their ambassador to Korea, Nagamine Yasumasa, in protest of the comfort woman statue installed in Busan on Jan. 9.
As of Thursday, it will be a month since the recall, but Japan is showing no signs of sending the ambassador back to Korea.
Suga Yoshihide, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, said at the regular briefing on Monday the 6th, "When the ambassador will return is still undecided,” and “The general circumstances will be reviewed comprehensively in making such a decision.”
The Korean government also revealed that they “have not been notified of anything from Japan” with regards to when Ambassador Nagamine will return.
<Jo Jun-hyuk / Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs> “When Ambassador Nagamine will return to his post in Korea is basically a decision that the Japanese government will make.”
The vitriol from Japan over the comfort woman statue is exacerbating.
Recently, they have even taken issue with the name of the comfort woman issue.
Secretary Suga has stated officially at the regular briefing on Feb. 3 that, “From now on, the Japanese government will use the expression 'comfort woman statue' instead of 'comfort girl statue.'"
The antipathy against Japan’s excessive vitriol is also expanding within Korea’s political circles, so many predict that this tension could continue for a while.
The two governments may attempt to turn things around at the G20 Meeting of Foreign Ministers held in Germany on the 16th, but the outlook is not so positive.
Jo Sung-hye reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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