TOKYO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Japan's premier-in-waiting Shinzo Abe is scrambling to mend the country's relations with neighboring South Korea after a victory of Park Heun-hye in South Korea's presidential election.
Abe said Friday that he will send the country's former Financial Minister Fukushiru Nukaga on the day to South Korea as an envoy to help improve bilateral relations.
According the plan, Nukaga, also the secretary-general of the Japan-South Korea parliamentarians league, will bring a letter to Park to call for an early meeting with Abe, Japan's Kyodo News reported Friday.
Abe said Japan has expectations of the South Korea's first female president and the decision of sending an envoy will help repair and develop the bilateral relations.
Ties between Japan and South Korea are scratched due to a disputed island known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which will form a new government planned Friday to forgo a government backed "Takeshima Day" ceremony to be held on Feb. 22, three days ahead Park's presidential inauguration.
The postponement is also considered as Abe's stance to mend relations with South Korea.
Abe's LDP returned to power with a landslide victory in the lower house election held on Dec. 16 and Abe will become Japan's new prime minister on Dec. 26.
TOKYO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japan's premier-in-waiting Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he would seek close communication with South Korea's presidential election winner Park Geun-hye to enhance bilateral ties, according to Japan's Kyodo news.
Economic and personal exchanges between the two countries are solid and they also share strategic interests, Abe said in a statement after Park's victory. Full story