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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea picks Japan hand as Tokyo envoy in bid to fix ties

Moon tasks Kang Chang-il with solving thorny wartime labor issue

Kang Chang-il, a former lawmaker in South Korea's ruling Democratic Party, has been named as the country's new ambassador to Japan.    © EPA/Yonhap/Jiji

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's new choice of ambassador to Tokyo is a fluent Japanese speaker with close ties to lawmakers in the country, but faces the thorny task of mending relations between the two East Asian neighbors.

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