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Japan-South Korea rift

$9 to Seoul: Airfares from Japan to South Korea dive as ties fray

Ticket prices down as much as 80% amid sinking demand

TOKYO -- Airfares from Japan to South Korea's capital are in free fall along with bilateral relations, with one-way fares from smaller Japanese cities as cheap as 1,000 yen ($9.35) before taxes and fuel surcharges.

According to Airplus, operator of the Ena budget ticket site, one-way tickets this month are as low as 1,000 yen from Fukuoka and Ibaraki to Seoul, and 1,500 yen from major hubs Kansai International Airport and Narita International Airport -- roughly 60% to 80% less than a year ago.

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