Further to the Japan - South Korea spat, in a speech during the independence day celebrations President Moon called on Japan to choose "the path of dialogue and co-operation" and for Japan to "contemplates a past that brought misfortune to its neighbouring countries,"
Moon's speech seems to have been at least partially sparked by Japanese PM Abe sending an offering to the Japanese Yasukuni shrine, notorious for its associations with Japanese war criminals."We hope that Japan will play a leading role together in facilitating peace and prosperity in East Asia while it contemplates a past that brought misfortune to its neighbouring countries," said Moon.
"Better late than never: if Japan chooses the path of dialogue and co-operation, we will gladly join hands."
In Moon's speech he also mentioned North Korea. Rather interestingly he mentioned a target date of 2045 for the reunification of Korea.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sent a ritual monetary offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead in Tokyo. He did not visit in person, an act which would have sparked a heated reaction from Seoul.
Seoul's foreign ministry expressed "deep concerns" over Abe sending the offering to a shrine that "beautifies Japan's colonial pillage and aggressive war."
"When economic co-operation accelerates and the peace economy begins, unification will beckon," Moon said.
"I pledge to solidify the foundation so that we can ... stand tall in the world as one Korea by achieving peace and unification by 2045."