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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea's Yoon vows to 'swiftly' improve Japan ties

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On the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, offers flowers at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo, while South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks at a ceremony in Seoul. (Source photos by Suzu Takahashi and Reuters) 

SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol used his first Liberation Day speech to call for better ties with its past occupier, Japan.

"We must swiftly and properly improve Korea-Japan relations by upholding the spirit of the Kim Dae-jung-Obuchi Declaration, which proposed a blueprint of a comprehensive future for Korea-Japan relations," Yoon said on Monday, in reference to a 1998 joint statement that called for overcoming the past.

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