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Moon calls on Japan to fight coronavirus together

South Korean leader marks anniversary of resistance to Japanese rule

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks March 1 at an event in Seoul to commemorate resistance against Japanese colonial rule.   © Yonhap/Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday urged Japan to work with his country to contain "the crisis," referring to the growing outbreak of the new coronavirus in a speech commemorating resistance to Japanese rule more than a century ago.

While the president urged Japan to "squarely face the past," he did not refer to various issues that have soured bilateral ties of late, such as lawsuits seeking compensation for South Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II.

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