Korean and Japanese Activists Join for East Asia Peace

Ben Cho, March 13, 2018, 8:59 a.m.

South Korean and Japanese civic activists vowed solidarity to maintain Japan's pacifist constitution and peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday. In a joint declaration adopted at their meeting in Seoul, they welcomed the recent agreements on inter-Korean and North Korea-U.S. summit talks.

"We confirm our resolve to make joint efforts to maintain Japan's peace constitution and promote denuclearization and peace in East Asia," read the statement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to amend the war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution. Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is expected to draw up a draft proposal to revise Article 9 during its annual convention set for late this month.

Participants in the meeting included former Prime Minister Han Wan-sang and pastor Ham Sei-ung from South Korea, and Youichi Komori, a Tokyo University professor, and Akira Kawasaki, a key Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

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