South Korea Tuesday visited the new government of Japan "to look right in" to the past, following disputes over the islands this month and disputed comments by incoming Prime Minister.
"We expect to continue to forge relationships mature andfuture-orientation with the new Japanese government led byPrime Minister since Noda watched in his past," said Byung-JaeCho Seoul a foreign ministry spokesman.
Japan's parliament has approved the first finance ministerYoshihiko Noda earlier as the new prime minister, making himthe sixth manager in five years the country.
A decades-old dispute between South Korea and its formercolonial governor were rekindled this summer when Japanreaffirmed its claim to disputed islands off the east coast ofKorea.
The islands are known as the Seoul-Check Dokdo in Korea and as Takeshima in Japan.
Seoul, which this month has banned four Japanese lawmakers to travel to an island near the South Korean Dokdo to renew the claim on the territory of their country.
The Noda also sparked a diplomatic spat with South Korea this month said that the Japanese "Class A" war criminals honoredat Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in the effect were not criminals.
Foreign Ministry in Seoul said that the comments were "inappropriate remarks denying the imperialist Japan after a bloody and did not comply with the official position of the Japanese government."