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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan's new ambassador to South Korea takes third post in Seoul

Self-taught Korean speaker Koichi Aiboshi served at embassy under Moon's mentor Roh

Koichi Aiboshi, now Japan's ambassador to Israel, returns to Seoul for a third diplomatic assignment. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

TOKYO -- Right around the time a South Korean court this month ordered Japan to compensate wartime "comfort women," adding to the strain on bilateral relations, Tokyo approved the appointment of a new ambassador to Seoul.

Koichi Aiboshi will return to South Korea for a third diplomatic assignment -- a fact that was not lost on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government in weighing the decision.

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