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Japan PM urges better ties in call with South Korea’s Moon

TOKYO: Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday called for better ties with South Korea in talks with President Moon Jae-in, the first in months between leaders of the countries. Suga, who took office last week, said he told Moon in a phone call that the countries must repair their “difficult” bilateral relations, which are mired in a long-running dispute over issues dating back Japan’s occupation of the Korean peninsula. “To President Moon, I said we must not leave unattended the current extremely difficult bilateral relations, which are being harmed by various problems,” Suga told reporters at his office in Tokyo after the call. But Suga made clear he saw the ball as being in Seoul’s court when it comes to resolving the disputes, including over compensation for the use of forced labour by Japan during its wartime occupation. (AFP)

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