Prime Talk: Lee Myun-woo, VP of Sejong Institute on Abe's UN Speech
Staying with the UN General Assembly
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to speak at the international gathering on Thursday, where he will reportedly pledge around 1-million U.S. dollars to help female victims of sexual assault.
Many see this as a move to improve Japan's public image which has recently been tainted by Abe’s public denial of sexual slavery during World War Two.
But can Tokyo salvage its repuation and mend sour ties with Korea?
Mr. Lee Myon-woo , Vice President of Sejong Institute in the studio.
Thanks for having me.
1. So, why is Prime Minister Abe playing up these policies for improving women's rights at the UN General Assembly?
2. Abe is expected to express Tokyo’s readiness to contribute to global efforts on protecting women’s rights and preventing violence against women during conflicts and disasters. Will this be enough to repair his nation's tainted image?
3. Meanwhile, Japan recently proposed to register industrial facilities as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This has certainly sparked outrage in Korea, since the sites carry painful memories for wartime Korean slave laborers, some of whom are still alive today. Will the proposal be accepted by the international community?
4. With the territorial and historical disputes keeping ties between Korea and Japan strained, do you expect to see relations between the two countries improve anytime soon?
Mr. Lee Myon-woo , Vice President of Sejong Institute, thank you for your time and insights today.
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