Japan's new ambassador to South Korea has vowed to work with Seoul to improve bilateral ties.
Upon his arrival in South Korea on Tuesday, Koji (Toe-mee-tah) Tomita noted the difficulties, saying he will not leave the matter unattended.
"There are many pending issues. I will express Japan's stance when needed, but will also listen attentively to South Korea's position and play a role in connecting the two sides. An ambassador's role shouldn't be limited to dealing with matters that occur on a daily basisI also feel the need to look beyond to the next 10 to 20 years to improve our relations."
Tomita is a career diplomat who is known for his expertise in diplomacy with the U.S.
He also has several years of experience working as a minister at the Seoul embassy in the 2000s.
Eyes will be on whether he'll be able to help the two countries mend their bilateral relations.