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Japan, South Korea Tackle Wartime Labor Issue That’s Soured Ties

  • Foreign Minister Park meets counterpart on visit to Tokyo
  • US allies at loggerheads over compensation for wartime labor
Park Jin, left, and Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo on July 18.
Park Jin, left, and Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo on July 18.Photographer: Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool/AFP/Getty Images
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South Korea and Japan tried to resolve a dispute over compensation on wartime conscripted labor that has sent ties to new depths, causing difficulties for the US which relies on the cooperation of its two allies for security in the region.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and his counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi at a meeting in Tokyo on Monday said they would seek an early resolution to the issue of compensation, statements from the two sides said. Koreans were conscripted to work in Japan’s factories and mines during its colonial rule over the peninsula from 1910-1945.