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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan-South Korea storm clouds Moon's decision on Olympic visit

Canceled talks during G-7 impede repair of frayed ties

A crucial meeting between Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the G-7 leaders' summit in Cornwall did not take place as planned. (Source photos by Koji Uema and Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Ahead of the mid-June G-7 leaders' summit in Cornwall, England, the Japanese and South Korean governments arranged for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Moon Jae-in -- who had been invited as a guest -- to meet.

The South Korean side understood it to be an informal meeting, and the Japanese prepared accordingly. However, the tenuous understanding collapsed at the last minute with serious implications for the next possible step at the Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to open on July 23.

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