Chronologies

Japan - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2004 to Mar 2004


:   METI statement imposing three-month export ban on Meishin trading company for attempted export of dual-use technologies to North Korea.

:  METI statement imposing three-month export ban on Meishin trading company for attempted export of dual-use technologies to North Korea.

: ROK Deputy FM Lee meets in Seoul with Japanese counterpart Yabunaka to discuss the working group on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.

: ROK Deputy FM Lee meets in Seoul with Japanese counterpart Yabunaka to discuss the working group on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.

: President Bush, in speech at one-year anniversary of war against Iraq, singles out Japan and South Korea for their efforts to help fight the war on terrorism.

: President Bush, in speech at one-year anniversary of war against Iraq, singles out Japan and South Korea for their efforts to help fight the war on terrorism.

:   Japanese Foreign Ministry officials express hope that working-level group on North Korean nuclear disarmament will start in April.

:   Officials of the LDP and its ruling bloc partner, New Komeito, reach final agreement on legislation allowing Japan to ban port calls by North Korean ships.

: Japanese Foreign Ministry officials express hope that working-level group on North Korean nuclear disarmament will start in April.

:  Officials of the LDP and its ruling bloc partner, New Komeito, reach final agreement on legislation allowing Japan to ban port calls by North Korean ships.

: Nissan Motor Co. sets up sales company in South Korea in preparation for its bid to enter market in mid-2005

: Nissan Motor Co. sets up sales company in South Korea in preparation for its bid to enter market in mid-2005

: Senior Vice FM Aisawa Ichiro says Japan hopes resumption of bilateral talks with the DPRK on abductions will take place in advance of the six-party working group.

: Japanese newspapers report that a South Korean man linked to a North Korean spy ship that sank off Amami-Oshima Island after being shot by the Japan Coast Guard in December 2001 received deposits of several million yen from transactions related to North Korean drug smuggling.

: Senior Vice FM Aisawa Ichiro says Japan hopes resumption of bilateral talks with the DPRK on abductions will take place in advance of the six-party working group.

: Japanese newspapers report that a South Korean man linked to a North Korean spy ship that sank off Amami-Oshima Island after being shot by the Japan Coast Guard in December 2001 received deposits of several million yen from transactions related to North Korean drug smuggling.

: Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hosoda Hiroyuki urges North Korea to come up with a date for bilateral talks, as agreed during the six-party talks.

: Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hosoda Hiroyuki urges North Korea to come up with a date for bilateral talks, as agreed during the six-party talks.

: FM Ban Ki-moon meets with counterpart in Japan to discuss six-party talks working group, FTA, and visa-exemption agreements.

: FM Ban Ki-moon meets with counterpart in Japan to discuss six-party talks working group, FTA, and visa-exemption agreements.

:   PM Koizumi states that sanctions against North Korea are not on the immediate horizon in response to queries by Diet officials.

:  PM Koizumi states that sanctions against North Korea are not on the immediate horizon in response to queries by Diet officials.

: On the anniversary of the March 1, 1919 movement, ROK President Roh Moo-hyun calls on Japanese leaders to be more cognizant of historically insensitive comments about Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.

: On the anniversary of the March 1, 1919 movement, ROK President Roh Moo-hyun calls on Japanese leaders to be more cognizant of historically insensitive comments about Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.

: PM Koizumi says Japan will remain firm in the six-party talks and expresses satisfaction that both the talks and a working group are likely to continue.

: PM Koizumi says Japan will remain firm in the six-party talks and expresses satisfaction that both the talks and a working group are likely to continue.

: Japan and South Korea complete second round of FTA talks in Tokyo. Third round is scheduled for April 2004 in Seoul.

: Japan and South Korea complete second round of FTA talks in Tokyo. Third round is scheduled for April 2004 in Seoul.

: Six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament held in Beijing.

: Six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament held in Beijing.

: North Korean Deputy FM Kim Kye-gwan demands that abduction issue should not be on the agenda of upcoming six-party talks.

: North Korean Deputy FM Kim Kye-gwan demands that abduction issue should not be on the agenda of upcoming six-party talks.

:   Yabunaka, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian Affairs Bureau, arrives in Seoul for trilateral coordination talks with Deputy FM Lee and Assistant Secretary Kelly in advance of six-party talks.

:  Yabunaka, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian Affairs Bureau, arrives in Seoul for trilateral coordination talks with Deputy FM Lee and Assistant Secretary Kelly in advance of six-party talks.

: Japan’s ruling coalition shelves consideration of a bill banning DPRK ships until after conclusion of the six-party talks at the end of February.

: Japan’s ruling coalition shelves consideration of a bill banning DPRK ships until after conclusion of the six-party talks at the end of February.

:   NHK reports that Japanese delegation including Deputy Foreign Minister Tanaka Hitoshi, Yabunaka Mitoji, head of the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian  Affairs Bureau, and three other ministry officials go to Pyongyang for bilateral talks.

:  NHK reports that Japanese delegation including Deputy Foreign Minister Tanaka Hitoshi, Yabunaka Mitoji, head of the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian  Affairs Bureau, and three other ministry officials go to Pyongyang for bilateral talks.

: Japan’s FM Kawaguchi rebuffs in press conference KCNA broadcast attempting to bar Tokyo from six-way talks.

: Japan’s FM Kawaguchi rebuffs in press conference KCNA broadcast attempting to bar Tokyo from six-way talks.

: House of Councilors passes amendment to the foreign exchange law, enabling Japan to take sanctions against DPRK if necessary without a UN resolution.

: Korean Central News Agency broadcasts report calling for Japan to be excluded from upcoming six-party talks in Beijing in response to sanctions bill.

: House of Councilors passes amendment to the foreign exchange law, enabling Japan to take sanctions against DPRK if necessary without a UN resolution.

: Korean Central News Agency broadcasts report calling for Japan to be excluded from upcoming six-party talks in Beijing in response to sanctions bill.

: Two-day Japan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue led by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeuchi Yukio and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Japan agrees to CVID formula for North Korea (complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement).  U.S. says willing to support Japan on abduction issue within context of six-party talks.

: Two-day Japan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue led by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeuchi Yukio and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Japan agrees to CVID formula for North Korea (complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement).  U.S. says willing to support Japan on abduction issue within context of six-party talks.

: Korean Central News Agency blasts Japan for sanctions bill.

: Japan Diet Lower House passes an amendment to the foreign exchange law enabling Japan to take sanctions against North Korea if necessary.

: Japan Diet Lower House passes an amendment to the foreign exchange law enabling Japan to take sanctions against North Korea if necessary.

:   TCOG meetings in Washington.  The ROK was represented by deputy foreign minister Lee Soo-hyuk,  Japan by director general of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Yabunaka Mitoji, and hosted by Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Jim Kelly.

: North Korean Central News Agency broadcasts accuse Japanese missile defense activities as part of a preemptive war strategy.

:  TCOG meetings in Washington.  The ROK was represented by deputy foreign minister Lee Soo-hyuk,  Japan by director general of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Yabunaka Mitoji, and hosted by Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Jim Kelly.

: North Korean Central News Agency broadcasts accuse Japanese missile defense activities as part of a preemptive war strategy.

: Japanese four-member official delegation makes secret trip to Pyongyang for negotiations aimed at creating government-level dialogue on abductions issue.

: Kanagawa prefectural police arrest a Japanese businessman on suspicion of illegally exporting to the DPRK a machine that could be used for nuclear development.

: ROK Foreign Minister Yoon Young-kwan rejects plea by Japanese Foreign Minister Kawaguchi Yoriko to halt production of a stamp rendering image of Tokto/Takeshima Island.

: Japanese four-member official delegation makes secret trip to Pyongyang for negotiations aimed at creating government-level dialogue on abductions issue.

: Kanagawa prefectural police arrest a Japanese businessman on suspicion of illegally exporting to the DPRK a machine that could be used for nuclear development.

: ROK Foreign Minister Yoon Young-kwan rejects plea by Japanese Foreign Minister Kawaguchi Yoriko to halt production of a stamp rendering image of Tokto/Takeshima Island.

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