Image from article, with caption: Activists protesting the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are blocked by police in downtown Seoul on Monday
The leaders of South Korea and Japan on Monday agreed to accelerate the ongoing negotiations on wartime sexual slavery for an early breakthrough, thawing years of frozen ties in their first-ever summit, but leaving most of the details unresolved.
Sitting down for a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered officials to speed up the consultation process for an early finalization without setting a specified deadline. ...
Abe was visiting Seoul for his first time in nine years, but returned Monday afternoon without making many public appearances during his 28-hour stay. Seoul provided protocol suitable for his “working visit” as he was visiting primarily for a trilateral meeting that ended Sunday, officials said.
It was reported that Abe had considered visiting a traditional Korean wine house in central Seoul or a Japanese education institute as part of his public diplomacy and also to send a friendly gesture to Koreans who mostly view Japan’s atonement for wartime atrocities as a base for a renewed alliance. Abe also turned down demands by victims of sexual slavery to visit their joint residence in Gyeonggi Province.