On August 29, 2019, Park Won-soon, the Mayor of Seoul, met and talked with Yukio Hatoyama, the former prime minister of Japan, regarding the improvement of the relationship between Korea and Japan.
Mr. Hatoyama visited Korea to participate in the DMZ International Forum on Peace Economy that was held from August 28 to 29 and co-organized by the Korea Institute for International Economy Policy and the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Mr. Hatoyama is one of the well-known, pro-Korean, progressive, Japanese politicians who served as the 93rd prime minister of Japan from September 2009 to June 2010. In August 2015, right before the 70th anniversary of Korean Liberation, he visited the Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul and sincerely apologized for Japan’s colonial rule by kneeling down in front of the memorial monument. Recently, regarding the termination of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), he tweeted that “the beginning of the conflict between Korea and Japan resides in the fact that Japan made Koreans suffer through the colonization of the Korean Peninsula.” This was his fifth meeting with Mayor Park.