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PM Suga arranging for talks with ROK counterpart on Thursday

Fuji TV reported at noon that Prime Minister Suga is making arrangements to hold a teleconference with South Korean President Moon Thursday morning, saying that this will be the first time for the Japanese and ROK leaders to officially exchange views since December 2019. The network speculated that Suga is expected to extend greetings as prime minister and ask for cooperation in resolving the abduction issue. According to a GOJ official, the leaders are not expected to discuss such issues as former wartime requisitioned workers or export controls during the teleconference. The network added that there are expectations in South Korea that bilateral relations may improve under PM Suga, saying that in response to President Moon’s letter congratulating Suga’s inauguration, Suga said, “Japan and South Korea are important neighbors,” according to the Blue House.

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