The Yomiuri ShimbunOSAKA — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sustained his handshake with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for eight seconds while welcoming him as chair of the summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies Friday morning in Osaka.
Abe had already decided not to have an official, separate meeting with Moon during the two-day summit amid worsening bilateral relations due to a dispute over South Korean Supreme Court rulings that last year ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans for wartime labor.
Abe and Moon shook hands, looking calmly at each other’s faces, but appeared rather stiff. As directed by Abe, Moon left the podium for the conference room.
The two leaders are expected to exchange words only on informal occasions, essentially limited to standing around chatting with each other during the summit meeting.