South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (L) talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their talks at Abe's official residence in Tokyo June 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / ISSEI KATO
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday pledged to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic ties.Abe is expected to attend a ceremony at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo later Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties in 1965, in a sign that tensions are beginning to ease, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said.South Korean President Park will attend a similar ceremony in Seoul, said Suga. Park has previously maintained there can be no meeting with Abe until Japan makes amends for its wartime system of sex slavery, which saw as many as 200,000 mostly South Korean "comfort women" forced into servitude for Japan's Imperial military.
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