Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama met Wednesday with South Korea's most powerful opposition figure - Kim Dae-jung.
It is the first time Kim has been to Japan since being kidnapped in Tokyo and taken to Seoul 22 years ago by a group of unidentified Koreans.
Kim is calling for Japan and South Korea to bury past differences and work towards greater security in the region.
In an exclusive interview with APTV, Kim also addressed the dispute over new nuclear reactors for North Korea.
In his meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, Kim Dae-jung proposed a joint study by Korean and Japanese scholars in an effort to compile a mutually acceptable history of East Asia.
Japan has been accused both at home and abroad of using its textbooks to whitewash its wartime subjugation of Asia.
Kim called on Japan and South Korea to bury past differences and work together to develop a safer and more interactive future for the two countries.
Kim also met with APTV for an exclusive interview to discuss the issue of who should build new nuclear reactors for North Korea.
The US and North Korea signed a framework agreement in October under which North Korea agreed to freeze and eventually dismantle its
weapons-oriented nuclear program in exchange for the light-water
reactors plus economic and diplomatic benefits.
An international consortium including Japan was formed to fund the project, with South Korea shouldering most of the four-billion dollars cost - but only if its reactors are used.
A South Korean pullout would endanger the deal because no other
country has been willing to foot the bulk of the bill.
"Only South Korea can provide more than half the size of money to purchase nuclear reactor that may be, I think, estimated at some four (b) billion dollars. So, providing such major sum of money, if South Korea can't take major role, it is unreasonable."
SUPERCAPTION: Kim Dae-jung , Former South Korean Opposition Leader
He went on to discuss the international involvement in the project.
"(As far as I know) our government and US government welcome Russian participation in this problem, if only that doesn't influence over South Korean major role. This means Russia even if it is allowed to participate there we can't allow Russia to take major role in this."
SUPERCAPTION: SUPERCAPTION: Kim Dae-jung , Former South Korean Opposition Leader