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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan, South Korea face naysayers at home in push to mend fences

Kishida's meeting with top envoy highlights challenges in post-Abe diplomacy

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, meets South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin on July 19. There were little signs of progress in resolving wartime issues. (Photo provided by the prime minister's office)

TOKYO -- Tokyo and Seoul face an uphill battle to secure domestic support to mend their frayed ties, with Japan's ruling party urging caution and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol battling plunging ratings two months after taking office.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin for about 20 minutes on Tuesday. Kishida called for efforts to resolve the issues that weigh on bilateral relations, according to the Japanese side.

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