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Japan execs tell Moon to address wartime labor dispute

South Korean province backs off 'war criminal' stickers on Japanese products

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told foreign business leaders that he hopes for stronger economic exchanges with Japan but that political issues must be treated separately. (Yonhap via Kyodo)

SEOUL -- Japanese business leaders in South Korea on Thursday urged President Moon Jae-in to take appropriate action to address the dispute over wartime labor that has strained bilateral relations.

Tomoyuki Moriyama, who heads Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co.'s South Korean operations, told Moon that he was concerned about the situation affecting business relations. Moriyama, who serves as the chair of the Seoul Japan Club, which has membership of about 400 Japanese companies, said he was confident that Moon would "take appropriate measures."

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