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Japan lawmaker urges Abe effort on US, South Korea

Published on Mar 13, 2014 6:28 AM
 
Mr Seiji Maehara, a former foreign minister and prominent member of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said that close allies Washington and Tokyo would inevitably have disagreements but should address them privately. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An influential Japanese opposition lawmaker called on Wednesday on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to work for more stable relations with the United States (US) and South Korea after rifts over historical disputes.

Mr Seiji Maehara, a former foreign minister and prominent member of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said that close allies Washington and Tokyo would inevitably have disagreements but should address them privately.

"Behind the scenes, we may fiercely argue with each other. But still we should showcase our strong bond to outsiders," Mr Maehara said in Washington at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

"We have to understand precisely which country would benefit from a worsening of the Japan-US relationship," Mr Maehara said, in a veiled reference to a rising China.

 
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