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Abe Seen Maintaining Hard-Line Stance against S. Korea

Abe Seen Maintaining Hard-Line Stance against S. Korea

   Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--The lineup of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet, inaugurated on Wednesday, suggests that the Japanese government plans to continue taking a hard-line stance against South Korea.
   For the posts of foreign, defense and trade ministers, who cover areas of dispute with Seoul, Abe took measures, including shifting the role of Taro Kono from foreign minister to defense minister.
   Abe plans to strongly urge South Korea to take concrete actions over court rulings that have ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs over wartime labor.
   Japan's position is that the issue of war-related claims, including for wartime labor cases, was settled by a 1965 bilateral agreement.
   During his time as foreign minister, Kono criticized South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo as "extremely rude" during a meeting on the wartime labor issue.

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