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Seoul should follow president's speech to rebuild Japan ties

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a ceremony on Korean Liberation Day at the presidential office square in Seoul on Aug. 15.    © AP

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed the importance of "swiftly and properly" improving relations with Japan during his first Liberation Day speech on Monday, calling for the two countries to move toward a common future.

We hope that the South Korean government follows the path laid out in the speech and that it quickly announces specific steps to make it a reality.

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