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ROK prime minister to attend enthronement ceremony

All national papers wrote on Monday that the ROK government announced on Sunday that South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon will visit Japan on Oct. 22-24 to attend the imperial enthronement ceremony. Asahi wrote that although Seoul had discussed the possibility of President Moon attending the ceremony in an effort to improve its strained ties with Tokyo, the nation eventually decided to send the prime minister. Yomiuri wrote that according to an ROK government source, Lee, a former Tokyo correspondent for a South Korean newspaper, is hoping to hold talks with Prime Minister Abe to convey a message from President Moon. Mainichi wrote that Lee is also planning to hold talks with senior Japanese lawmakers to discuss ways to improve the frayed Japan-ROK relations. Nikkei and Sankei wrote that the ROK prime minister is planning to participate in a banquet to be hosted by Abe and his wife on Oct. 23 and a meeting with Japanese business leaders.

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