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Japan-Korea business talks postponed amid diplomatic spat

Annual meeting now set for late 2019 following Seoul court's wartime labor ruling

South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang compared Japan to a "brazen thief" amid a decay in bilateral relations.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- A meeting of Japanese and South Korean business leaders will be postponed due to deteriorating relations between the Tokyo and Seoul.

The Japan-Korea Economic Association, a business group that hosts an annual meeting of public and private economic officials, announced the delay on its website on Mar. 8. The conference was slated to take place in May, but it has been pushed back to the latter half of this year.

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