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Yoon visits Japan, seeking to restore ties amid N Korea threat

2023-03-16 10:11:27       source:The Aljazeera

March 15, 2023

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is set to pay an official visit to Japan, seeking to turn the page on feuds dating back to the Japanese colonisation of the Korean peninsula and establish “future-oriented relations” with Tokyo in the face of North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programmes.

Yoon’s two-day trip, which begins on Thursday, is the first such visit to Japan by a South Korean leader in 12 years.

It comes days after Yoon’s government offered Japan concessions on South Korean court rulings that ordered two Japanese firms to pay reparations to 15 people forced to work in their factories during World War II.

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