Japan PM urges better ties in call with South Korea’s Moon Sep 25, 2020 0 505 12345 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) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES COVID-19 death rates climbing in seven EU countries Sep 25, 2020 0 1379 Over 120 held in Kentucky after Breonna Taylor shooting protests Sep 25, 2020 0 2990 Trump refuses to promise transfer of power if he loses US election Sep 25, 2020 0 1687 Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested again, vows to fight on HONG KONG: Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday for taking part in a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, but he vowed to continue resisting China’s crackdown on .. Former Hermes staff convicted in France for fake handbags PARIS: A Paris court on Thursday convicted 10 people, including seven former staff of French luxury house Hermes, for making and selling fake handbags under its coveted Birkin brand. They were handed sentences ranging .. Thieves steal John Paul II relic from Italian church ROME: Thieves have stolen a vial containing several drops of blood of the late pope John Paul II from a church in the Italian city of Spoleto, the Vatican news site said on Thursday. Police have opened an investigation into .. UK to impose sanctions on Belarus over ‘rigged election’ crackdown AFP London Britain said on Thursday it was preparing sanctions against those in Belarus responsible for “rigging” the August 9 presidential election and for the subsequent crackdown on protests against President .. Almost 500 US national security leaders endorse Joe Biden over Trump WASHINGTON: Almost 500 former senior military officials and national security experts, including some who worked under US President Donald Trump, have signed an open letter endorsing Democratic Party nominee Joe ..