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ROK leader urges Japan to come to terms with history

NHK highlighted a speech that South Korean President Moon delivered today during a ceremony in Seoul celebrating the launch in 1919 of a local movement seeking independence from Japan’s colonial rule. He called for Japan to “squarely consider” its own history and urged it to understand the pain his people suffered during the colonial era, including the former comfort women and requisitioned workers. “Japan will become a trustworthy country when it can feel empathy for the pain of a neighbor,” Moon said, adding that Seoul is ready to continue dialogue with Tokyo not only on the history disputes but also on regional and global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

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