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Japan-South Korea rift

Moment of truth looms for Japan-South Korea relations

With the arrival of spring, ties may turn cooler rather than warmer

Although Japan's Shinzo Abe and South Korea's Moon Jae-in will soon have a chance to improve relations, stubborn challenges will stand in their way. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- It can be compared to the lull before the storm.

Relations between Japan and South Korea are now in a period of relative calm after becoming stormy and plunging to what was said to be their lowest point since the neighbors normalized diplomatic ties in 1965.

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