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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan business group to weigh joint projects with South Korean side

Keidanren chief upbeat about cooperation after Seoul's intiviate on wartime labor dispute

Keidanren Chairman Masakazu Tokura spoke about South Korea's announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. (Photo by Takanori Okabe)

TOKYO -- The head of Japan's top business body said the organization would consider joint economic and environmental projects with its South Korean counterpart and praised new efforts by Seoul to improve the historically fraught bilateral relationship.

"I would like to positively consider what the business world can do to contribute to the future," Masakazu Tokura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, told a news conference on Monday.

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