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Yuki Tatsumi cited in article about the summit coordinated between Japan and South Korea in China next month

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Japan and South Korea agreed Saturday to work toward a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Moon Jae-in next month — a breakthrough that came a day after the last-minute rescue of a military pact between the two nations.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi agreed to co-ordinate the summit on the sidelines of a trilateral meeting with China, a Japanese official told reporters. Seoul the previous day reversed a decision to sever its General Security of Military Information Agreement with its neighbor.

The Japanese official asked not to be identified in discussing the meeting in the city of Nagoya, where a Group of 20 gathering of foreign ministers was taking place.

The decision on the military pact leaves the two U.S. allies the task of unpicking a complex web of other disputes that have flared over the past year. While South Korea’s change of heart was welcomed by the U.S., which had pressured Seoul to reverse course, the root causes of the friction that has spilled over to hurt business and tourism ties remain unresolved.
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