The footage of the Emperor smiling at President Yoon Seol-yeol doesn’t actually have such a scene.
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(Mayo Haneda: Korea Business Writer)
On September 19, 2022 (20th Japan time), the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was held. Over 2,000 dignitaries from around the world attended Westminster Abbey in central London. Attendees bid farewell to the great queen who ruled Britain for 70 years.
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress had come from Japan.
From South Korea, South Korean President Yoon Sung-yeol and his wife, Kim Gun-hee, were present.
Perhaps because Japanese media reported that the Emperor was present instead of Prime Minister Kishida, there were almost no reports encouraging active exchanges with foreign dignitaries, such as “diplomatic relations with dignitaries of various countries”.
On the other hand, South Korean media reported that even before President Yoon left for the UK, he said, “This is the highest level of condolence diplomacy”, “What is the outlook economic diplomacy? Many voices expected exchanges with .
South Koreans, whether conservative or left-leaning, rejoice when their citizens become famous overseas. Therefore, the audience seemed to welcome even Chairman Yoon, whose approval rating is low, to stand shoulder to shoulder with world leaders.
Even when the seating order for the state funeral was known, media reported, “14th row alongside Biden… President Yoon, Queen of England’s funeral ‘condolence diplomacy’ (Yonhap News)”. If he were to be treated the same as the President of the United States, he would pass.
As an aside, Polish President Duda sat in the 13th row, the Macron couple of France in the 12th row, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress in the 6th row, and next to the Emperor and Empress was the King Abdullah of Malaysia. It was reported in the media. From what I can see in the photo, Jordan Abdullah II is also in front of the Emperor.
When I saw the article on Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral by Korean media, I thought Yonhap’s report was terrible. What’s worse is that they post composite photos and videos that make it look like the main characters and Chairman Yoon are together.
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