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Former S. Korean Pres. Moon Raps Ex-Japan PM Abe in Memoir

Former S. Korean Pres. Moon Raps Ex-Japan PM Abe in Memoir

   Seoul, May 18 (Jiji Press)--Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in a recently published memoir, criticized the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
   Moon said in the book that Abe showed an attitude to incite anxiety in 2017, when tensions grew on the Korean Peninsula following a series of missile launches by North Korea. Abe did not pay attention at all to South Korea's position of putting priority on easing tensions, Moon argued.
   According to the memoir, Abe proposed a joint drill among Japan, South Korea and the United States on the Korean Peninsula while saying that a drill to evacuate Japanese people staying in South Korea should be conducted.
   On South Korea-Japan relations, Moon said that he pursued future-oriented cooperation with Japan in the fields of the economy, society and culture while in office as president despite Seoul and Tokyo being at odds over the issues of wartime labor and Korean women who worked as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during World War II, including those who were forced to do so.
   Japan did harm to South Korea by tightening its export controls on Seoul in 2019, Moon said, stressing that Japan was responsible for the deterioration in the bilateral relations.

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