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Japan and South Korea must beat coronavirus to normalize relations

Political intrigue has no place in outbreak response

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, meet in China on Dec. 24, in what was their first official summit in roughly a year and a half.   © Kyodo

Japan has begun restricting arrivals from South Korea to prevent the inflow of those infected with the new coronavirus, a move it has also taken with China. Though the curbs last only until the end of March, they are expected to damage economic and cultural exchanges. These countries should try to contain the outbreak quickly and minimize its economic impact.

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