The full text of the joint appeal issued at the end of the 2nd Japan-Korea Future Dialogue

July 22, 2014

Note: This is a provisional translation for English-speakers' reference only.
The original Japanese version

The Joint Appeal
July 18, 2014

1.According to the joint opinion survey, which The Genron NPO and the East Asia Institute jointly conducted, it has become apparent that the peoples of Japan and South Korea have misgivings about the present state of bilateral relations, as well as the prevailing public sentiments, and harbor strong desires for their improvement.
We, the participants at the 2nd Japan-Korea Future Dialogue, agreed to address the task of rectifying the situation by fully respecting such coolheaded and sound public opinion prevalent among the peoples of both countries.
We are aware of the importance of the bilateral relationship for the future of both countries and Northeast Asia, as well as the fact that while intergovernmental diplomacy does not function sufficiently, dialogues and other efforts in the private sector have profound significance and responsibility. In order to overcome the current impasse, it is not sufficient for ordinary citizens just to call on their governments to improve the situation. Rather, they must proactively take the initiative in creating an environment toward that end.
We agreed that we should make our utmost efforts to advance "Japan-Korea Future Dialogue" further so that many citizens would have mutual respect for each other's countries through dialogue to overcome the difficulties facing both governments half a step or one step ahead.

2.In order for both countries to build a framework for future-oriented cooperation, it is indispensable to maintain sound intergovernmental relations. Despite its immense potential for economic development, East Asia is an area beset with confrontations between countries and diverse difficulties in the region's security environment. Japan and South Korea should recognize the risk of their prolonged antagonism resulting in a huge loss of benefits and potential for the future of both countries and East Asia, at large, and immediately begin to grapple with the task of rectifying it.
To that end, the peoples of both countries must launch the work of creating an environment for dialogue toward the future. The South Koreans must understand Japan's efforts to ensure peaceful development toward the future while the Japanese must understand the pain South Korea suffered in the past. They should refrain from words and deeds that would unnecessarily stimulate the public sentiments of each other's countries.

3.Mutual trust between the peoples of both countries is indispensable for the sound development of bilateral relations. The sheer reality, however, is that direct people-to-people exchanges between the two neighboring countries are scarce, and we are in an unstable situation in which both peoples depend largely on domestic media reporting as their primary source of information to understand each other's countries. Media organizations are playing an extremely important role for the constructive development of bilateral relations. It is also necessary to promote more widely people-to-people cultural and other diverse exchanges, and dialogues in the private sector.
We are determined to bring to the broader public the debates at the Japan-Korea Future Dialogue and to contribute to the creation of future-oriented sound public opinion in both countries.

July 18, 2014

The Genron NPO
East Asia Institute

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