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South Korea leader Park meets Tokyo governor amid diplomatic rift

Published on Jul 25, 2014 2:13 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician Friday as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

Masuzoe made a courtesy call at the presidential Blue House, which Park used to reiterate Seoul's demand that Tokyo make proper redress for grievances related to its 1910-45 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.

In particular she highlighted the plight of so-called "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, the Blue House said.

"The issue of comfort women is not merely a bilateral one, but an issue related with general human rights," Park was quoted as saying.

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