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Three things Japan can do to mend ties with South Korea

As tensions rise over export curbs, Tokyo needs to regain relevance to Seoul

Sources say that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, was pressured into taking export curbs measures.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The traditionally prickly relationship between Japan and South Korea has become even more toxic after a flurry of political and diplomatic flare-ups over the issue of wartime Korean laborers in Japan.

With both sides staunchly against diplomatic compromise, the outlook for the rapidly deteriorating relationship remains shrouded in an air of doom and gloom.

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