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South Korea election

South Korea presidential hopeful shows bitter emotion toward Japan

Lee Jae-myung asks Tokyo to learn from Germany in how to treat neighbors

Lee Jae-myung, ruling Democratic Party candidate for next year's South Korean presidential election, speaks to media in Seoul on Thursday.   © AFP/Jiji

SEOUL -- Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate for South Korea's ruling Democratic Party, showed bitter emotion toward Japan at a news conference in Seoul on Thursday.

Lee, who has built his political career by appealing to the public directly, said Japan should admit wrongdoings against Korean people during its occupation of the Korean Peninsula (1910-1945) and pay appropriate compensation.

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