"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Comment by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the election of the President to-be of the Republic of Korea

[Date] December 19, 2002
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Full text]

1. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Roh Moo Hyun, who has been elected as the President to-be of the Republic of Korea.

2. Japan-Republic of Korea relations are becoming more important than ever before and I am looking forward to making efforts to cooperate closely with President-elect Roh toward further development of friendly and cooperative relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea, and the Peace, stability and prosperity of Northeast Asia.