Prime Minister of Japan expressed a desire to go to the Olympics in Pyeongchang

© AFP 2018 / Behrouz Megidramon Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Archival photoPrime Minister of Japan expressed a desire to go to the Olympics in Pyeongchang© 2018 AFP / Behrouz Mehri

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe announced his intention to go to the winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.

Prime Minister of Japan expressed a desire to go to the Olympics in Pyeongchang© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in fotobanka forbidden to carry the Russian flag at the podium of the Olympics-2018, as not participating in the Games»If circumstances permit, I think attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Pyeongchang. In 2020 will be held (summer) Olympics in Tokyo, also in Asia. I would like to welcome our athletes,» he told reporters on Wednesday at the briefing, which was broadcast by NHK TV.

«Simultaneously, I would like to meet with the President of South Korea to clearly convey Japan’s position regarding concluded agreement about the «women of comfort», and send (our vision – ed.) the necessity of cooperation of Japan, USA and South Korea and maintain at the highest possible level of pressure on North Korea to counter its threats,» said Abe.

Earlier it was discussed about the feasibility of Abe’s visit to South Korea after in December of last year, Seoul announced the need for new apologies from Japan for the so-called «comfort women», despite the conclusion of the agreement between the two on this issue.

System «women of comfort» is a form of forced prostitution in the interests of the Japanese army in Asia during world war II. According to the contract signed in December 2015 the agreement of Japan and South Korea, Tokyo agreed to pay the former «comfort women» of 1 billion yen, provided that this decision is «final and not having reverse.» The South Korean side agreed with this formulation, however, in late December President moon Jae-In said that the signed with Japan an agreement on the «comfort women» is not a solution to this problem.

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