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PM Abe to attend PyeongChang Olympics opening ceremony

All networks reported at noon that Prime Minister Abe told reporters this morning that he has decided to attend the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics to be held on Feb. 9. The premier was quoted as saying: “If the situation allows, I would like to attend the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics… At the same time, I would like to hold a summit and convey Japan’s position on the comfort women agreement.” Fuji TV said that although many within the GOJ thought Abe should not attend the ceremony following ROK leader Moon’s remarks that the comfort women agreement was a “mistake,” the premier made the decision based on suggestions from within the ruling coalition that he should attend given that Tokyo will host the Olympics in 2020. NHK said the Blue House released a statement saying it welcomes Japan’s official announcement of PM Abe’s visit to South Korea and that it will work closely with Japan to make the visit a success.

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