May 03, 2022 10:33
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to send his Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi to president-elect Yoon Seok-youl's inauguration on May 10. The dispatch is a tentative conciliatory gesture after years of icy relations.
When he was foreign minister himself, Kishida attended former President Park Geun-hye's inauguration in 2013 as a special envoy of then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Last week, People Power Party lawmaker Chung Jin-suk met with Kishida for 25 minutes and delivered a personal invite from Yoon. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, a more pro-Korean politician, will also attend the inauguration.
Meanwhile, Kwon Yang-sook, the widow of former President Roh Moo-hyun, has reportedly told Yoon's office that she will not be able to attend his inauguration.
"It's difficult for her to travel a long way from her residence in Bongha Village [in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province] to Seoul given her age," an official of the Roh Moo-hyun Foundation told reporters Monday.
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