– Chairman Huh Chang-soo asked Mr. Nikai to play the role of a lubricant in improving bilateral relations between Korea and Japan
– Request joint responses to global trade issues such as the spread of protectionism
FKI Chairman Huh Chang-soo and other Korean delegates to the B20 Tokyo Summit paid a courtesy call on Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). (March 14 16:30).
Chairman Huh Chang-soo said, “We will do our best to ensure that civilian exchanges continue from a future-oriented perspective despite the recent difficulties in Korea-Japan relations.” He stressed that the two countries have continued exchanges through various events, including the Seminar on Korea Youth Employment in Japan (March 2018) and the special conference for Society 5.0 with Keidanren Chairman (November 2018). He expressed his determination to continue this trend again this year and said he will continue to push ahead with the Korea-Japan Business Council (KDR-FKI Leader’s meeting, November 14 to 15) with Keidanren, which is scheduled for November this year.
Regarding the situation that international trade is likely to shrink this year due to the U.S.-China trade war, the slowing Chinese economy and the spread of global protectionism, the two economies, Korean and Japan, which achieved economic growth through foreign trade, conveyed the need to respond together to global trade issues. Mr. Huh asked that Japanese government, the chair country of G20, should take a leading role and active action at the G20 Summit in Osaka in June.
In particular, FKI Chairman Huh Chang-soo asked Mr. Nikai to play a big role in the crisis, just as he played a role in improving relations during times of difficulty. Mr. Nikai visited Korea in July last year and held exchanges with the Korean business community.