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Japan urges South Korea to take concrete steps to improve the bilateral relationship

December 24, 2019

CHENGDU (CHINA), Dec. 24 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said Tuesday that it is the responsibility of South Korea to take the necessary measures to improve the relationship between the two countries.

Abe has sent this message to the neighboring country in the framework of the trilateral summit with China that has been held these days in the city of Chengdu, in the center of the Asian giant, with the North Korean threat as the main theme.

The relationship between Tokyo and Seoul is at its lowest level in decades due to a ruling by South Korean Justice that orders Japanese companies to compensate South Koreans who suffered forced labor during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945).

Japan considers that this matter was resolved with a bilateral treaty signed in 1965 for which South Korea was compensated for the damages suffered, although the victims were not compensated in any way.