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International relations

US nudged Abe toward Olympics visit

Japanese public divided while Seoul cedes no ground on 'comfort women'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated a desire to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month.

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to attend the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea was largely prompted by persuasion from the U.S.

The prime minister made a calculated bet that nudging Seoul back toward pressure on North Korea would be worth defying domestic critics digging in on historical issues.

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