Protesters tear up a Japanese rising sun flag during a rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in July. Photo: AP

Japan downgrades South Korea as security partner in defence white paper as ties fray

  • Seoul dropped from second place to fourth on a list of Tokyo’s closest allies, according to a draft document
  • Ties have deteriorated sharply after a series of court rulings in South Korea that ordered Japanese firms to pay damages for wartime labour
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Protesters tear up a Japanese rising sun flag during a rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in July. Photo: AP
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