Japan sends envoy to South Korea to mend fences
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a special envoy to Seoul, the foreign ministry said, in an early attempt to mend fences over a territorial dispute.
Veteran lawmaker and former finance minister Fukushiro Nukaga left Haneda airport on Friday bound for the South Korean capital bearing Mr Abe's message to president-elect Park Geun Hye.
"As both Japan and South Korea have new governments, I would like to play the role of mediator so that this year can be a good one for the two countries," Mr Nukaga told reporters at the airport.
"Prime Minister Abe believes that Japan-South Korea relations need to be solid for the stability of East Asia," he said. "I want to convey that message."