The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

S. Korea warns of Japan's shift to the right


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan warned on Thursday of signs of a rightward shift in Japanese politics, including an increasingly aggressive stance on territorial issues.

Mr Kim's remarks followed last week's decision by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to dissolve parliament and call a general election next month.

"Overall, the political situation in Japan is showing signs of a rightward shift and some say Japan is increasingly becoming nationalistic," Yonhap news agency quoted the minister as telling a business forum in Seoul.

"We are closely watching the situation and will be prepared to cope with it," Mr Kim said. "Japan is becoming more conservative and aggressive over territorial matters and (we) need to watch out for that," he added.