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Abe expresses hope to improve ties with South Korea

All national papers reported on Tuesday on a policy speech that Prime Minister Abe delivered at the Diet yesterday, in which he said, “Essentially, South Korea is the most important country with which Japan shares basic values and strategic interests.” He went on to say: “I sincerely hope that South Korea will honor commitments forged between states and build future-oriented bilateral relations.” The papers explained that by using the word “essentially,” the premier was urging the Moon administration to take proper measures on the requisitioned workers dispute so that Tokyo will be able to treat Seoul as its most important partner again. Abe reportedly did not mention South Korea in his parliamentary address last year. 

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