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Wartime labor ruling sours Japan-South Korea relations

Abe and Moon eschew official talks while chambers of commerce postpone meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from left in the front) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (second from right in the middle row) did not hold formal talks at the APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.    © Reuters

SEOUL/PORT MORESBY -- The Japanese and South Korean leaders skipped bilateral talks on the sidelines of international summits in Singapore and Papua New Guinea last week as the two sides remain deadlocked over a recent court ruling regarding wartime laborers.

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