Japanese media outlets, including Kyodo News Agency, were quick to cover South Korean President Moon Jae-in's first public remarks on Japan's new trade restrictions on Monday,... in which he urged Tokyo to withdraw them.
However, Kyodo reports Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unlikely to change his stance but rather continue to exert pressure on Seoul over its Supreme Court's ruling on forced wartime labor.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
Japan's Kyodo News Agency published an article Monday titled, "S. Korean President Urges Tokyo's Regulation Withdrawal, Vowing Responsive Measures."
It quoted President Moon's remarks that call for Japan's withdrawal of its latest trade restrictions on South Korea.
It explained this is the first public response by Moon amid the trade spat between the two neighbors.
However, it said it's unclear whether the South Korean leader will be able to seek a resolution as it's been a while since Seoul and Tokyo held a summit.
The article also said President Moon vowed to take responsive measures if South Korean companies are harmed by the new trade curbs.
Citing diplomatic sources, the article said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unlikely to change his stance even after the House of Councilors election slated for later in July.
Rather, it explained Tokyo will continue to exert pressure on Seoul to resolve the issue of forced labor during World War II.
Japan's NHK also dealt with President Moon's remarks in detail,... adding he will meet with South Korean business leaders to seek further countermeasures.
Other Japanese media outlets including The Mainichi, Yomiuri and Asahi Shimbun covered President Moon's remarks as well.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.