South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon, who is attending Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony. Photo: Kyodo

Will South Korea and Japan reconcile after PM’s visit for emperor’s enthronement?

  • Lee Nak-yon is set to attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on Tuesday – the highest-level visit by South Korea for months
  • Analysts say Japan is unlikely to budge on historical disputes, but a letter from Moon Jae-in to Shinzo Abe may indicate Seoul is ready to improve relations
Topic |   Japan

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South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon, who is attending Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony. Photo: Kyodo
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Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan, 71, has taken on a diplomatic role since Xi Jinping began his second term in March last year. Photo: Reuters

China to send Wang Qishan to Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

  • Vice-president will attend ceremony as Xi Jinping’s special envoy and will also represent Beijing at Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s inauguration
  • Analysts see it as a goodwill gesture amid thawing relations between Beijing and Tokyo
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan, 71, has taken on a diplomatic role since Xi Jinping began his second term in March last year. Photo: Reuters
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