StampNews.com got to know that a joint stamp issue was released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-Korea diplomatic relations. The representative flowers of both Japan (cherry blossom) and Korea (rose of sharon) and two women wearing national costumes of each country are arranged in design. The philatelic release was put into circulation on the 22d of June.
Relations between Japan and South Korea have been stressed over the years by Tokyo's attitudes toward its wartime past. Many Koreans believe Japan has not fully apologized for atrocities committed during World War II. But as they mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, there are signs of a thaw between the two U.S. allies.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended an event hosted by the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo to celebrate the historic 1965 treaty normalizing relations between Tokyo and Seoul. At the reception he said he wants to begin a new era of friendship with South Korea.
"Cooperation between the two countries for regional and global issues, along with international cooperation will lead to the establishment of a new relationship", Abe said.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye attended a similar event in Seoul hosted by the Japanese Embassy. She read a statement that her Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, who was in Japan for the anniversary, also read to the gathering in Tokyo.
"It is important to put down the heavy burden of past history with a heart of reconciliation and co-prosperity", President Park said.
Since the end of World War Two both Northeast Asian powers have developed into stable democracies, advanced economies and are stalwart allies of the United States. Both cooperate on trade and on regional securities issues, especially the common threat of a nuclear North Korean state.
But relations between South Korea and Japan have grown increasingly tense over unresolved historical grievances and concerns that Japan is trying to down play past war crimes.