Who is this Japanese person? Oh, some nobody named Akihito — the emperor of Japan.
Dong-A Ilbo reported that, according to a Japanese weekly magazine, the emperor expressed his desire to visit Korea to Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The emperor also said, reportedly, that he “would not hesitate to issue an apology in Korea for the sake of friendship between Japan and Korea.”
The emperor apparently is quite fond of Korea. In 2001, he said he felt a close relationship with Korea because the mother of the Japanese emperor in the 8th century is known as a princess of Baekje, one of Korea’s ancient kingdoms. In his visit to Saipan in 2005, the emperor paid his respects to the Korean Peace Memorial, constructed in memory of the Koreans were injured and killed in Saipan as forced laborers of the Imperial Japan during World War II.