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South Korea's Moon Jae-in must put his words on Japan into action

Significant steps still needed to resolve diplomatic row between Tokyo and Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with local and foreign journalists at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 18.   © Reuters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in appears to be changing course on key matters clouding ties between Tokyo and Seoul. In a series of statements, he altered his position on the issues of former wartime "comfort women" and a lawsuit filed by wartime laborers against Japan.

Moon Jae-in's government had not addressed the two court rulings, saying it must respect the decision by the judicial branch due to the separation of powers. We hope Moon's new statements indicate his desire to repair the bilateral relationship.

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