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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan's Abe and South Korean PM Lee meet for first time in a year

Letter from President Moon thought to express hope for better ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon in Tokyo on Oct. 24: Lee delivered a letter from President Moon Jae-in seeking better ties with Japan. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Nak-yon, at his official residence on Thursday, against a backdrop of frosty relations between the two neighbors.

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