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Japan's Hayashi, New S. Korean President Agree to Mend Ties

Japan's Hayashi, New S. Korean President Agree to Mend Ties

   Seoul, May 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol agreed Tuesday to continue dialogue to improve frayed relations between the two East Asian countries.
   At their meeting in Seoul, Hayashi, on a visit to South Korea as a special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, told Yoon that outstanding bilateral issues, including the one regarding Koreans requisitioned to work for Japanese companies during World War II, need to be resolved.
   Yoon replied that he is ready to work with Japan to mend fence.
   Hayashi handed a personal letter from Kishida to the new South Korean president. Yoon was sworn in at the day's inauguration ceremony, which Hayashi attended with other guests from abroad.
   The Japan-South Korea relationship has been tense over the wartime labor issue as well as the issue of so-called Korean comfort women, who served as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during the war, including those forced to do so against their will.

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