Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an Apec summit. The two leaders will not be meeting at the G20. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an Apec summit. The two leaders will not be meeting at the G20. Photo: Kyodo
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G20 summit: hopes fade for Japan-Korea breakthrough as Abe-Moon talks ruled out

  • Failure of the two sides to even agree to a brief discussion on the sidelines of the talks in Osaka underlines the depths to which ties have sunk
  • Historical issues lie at the heart of rift, including Japan’s use of South Korean ‘comfort women’ and recent lawsuits brought by former forced labourers

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an Apec summit. The two leaders will not be meeting at the G20. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an Apec summit. The two leaders will not be meeting at the G20. Photo: Kyodo
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