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Park seeks to resolve thorny issue with soft touch

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Seoul on Nov. 2 ahead of their first summit meeting.

SEOUL -- A summit meeting earlier this month has reignited Japanese and South Korean efforts to finally bring an end to issues that have soured relations between Tokyo and Seoul since World War II. If they can find a resolution over wartime "comfort women," it will lead to significant improvements in bilateral relations. It would also mark a significant victory for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's non-confrontational approach toward solving difficult issues.

     After refusing for almost three years, Park held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this month. Her friendly demeanor was there for all to see, smiling throughout the meeting.

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