A woman walks past an advertisement featuring Japanese and South Korean flags at a shop in Shin Okubo area in Tokyo. Relations between Japan and South Korea are at their lowest point in years. Photo: AP

Japanese, South Korean lawmakers agree to break stalemate and repair bilateral ties

  • A non-partisan group of Japanese politicians met with South Korean parliamentarians in Tokyo to work towards easing tensions
  • Disputes over wartime compensation and trade have resulted in relations between the two countries sinking to their lowest point in years
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A woman walks past an advertisement featuring Japanese and South Korean flags at a shop in Shin Okubo area in Tokyo. Relations between Japan and South Korea are at their lowest point in years. Photo: AP
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and his South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: Kyodo

Japan and South Korea agree to mend ties after leaders’ first talks in more than a year

  • Both sides issued statements expressing a desire to repair ties after a roughly 20-minute meeting between prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Lee Nak-yon
  • The countries’ escalating feud, sparked last year over historical disputes, has since spilled over into trade and security issues
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and his South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: Kyodo
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