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Will Japan respond to Yoon's overture on wartime labor issue?

South Korean president seems set to block sale of seized Japanese assets

Left: A group supporting South Korean wartime labor plaintiffs in Gwangju, South Korea. Right: President Yoon Suk-yeol. (Source photos by AP and Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol stunned everyone, including close aides and top administration officials, on Aug. 17 by calling for a "future-oriented" vision to resolve historical issues with Japan -- an approach long advocated by Tokyo -- during a news conference to mark his first 100 days in office.

"If the two countries enhance their future-oriented cooperation, they can solve historical issues amicably and swiftly through mutual concessions and understanding," Yoon said.

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