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Japan PM Abe plots warmer ties with South Korea ahead of summit

Published on Mar 23, 2014 2:34 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during the graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture on March 22, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated on Sunday, March 23, 2014, that he wanted Tokyo and Seoul to put wartime enmities behind them ahead of his first meeting with South Korean President Park Geun Hye. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated on Sunday that he wanted Tokyo and Seoul to put wartime enmities behind them ahead of his first meeting with South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

Relations between the two countries are at their lowest ebb in years, mired in emotive issues linked to Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule and a territorial dispute, as well as Japan's use of "comfort women" in wartime brothels.

Mr Abe left Tokyo's Haneda airport for a three-day visit to the Netherlands to attend a Nuclear Security Summit starting on Monday in The Hague.

On the sidelines of the event he is due to meet with Ms Park and US President Barack Obama after Washington urged the two Asian neighbours to mend strained ties.

 
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