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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan and South Korea hunt for solution to wartime labor issue

Seoul seeks new apology, while Tokyo wants to affirm past statements

2018 South Korean Supreme Court rulings requiring Japanese companies to pay compensation to wartime laborers caused bilateral relations to deteriorate.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Japanese and South Korean officials continued their search Monday for a resolution to the issue of Japan's treatment of wartime laborers, a long-standing dispute that has chilled bilateral relations.

"South Korea is seriously considering a solution," a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said of the meeting. "There are things we agree on and things we do not," the official said.

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