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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea presidential hopeful aims to change attitudes on Japan

Former top prosecutor Yoon Seok-youl appears ready to redefine relationship with Tokyo

Yoon Seok-youl, right, South Korea's former top prosecutor, has roundly criticized President Moon Jae-in's foreign policy as burdened by ideology and divorced from reality. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images) 

TOKYO -- The political climate is heating up in South Korea as potential presidential candidates draw their battle lines. The outcome of the March 9 vote for the successor to President Moon Jae-in will go a long way toward defining the political path of the nation for the next five years and will have huge implications for Japan's traditionally prickly relationship with its neighbor.

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