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Abe leaves for Baltic and E.European tour

Abe leaves for Baltic and E.European tour

Abe told reporters that the trip will further expand Japan's diplomacy.

Foreign ministers from South Korea and Japan are to hold talks in Vancouver, Canada, next week on the sidelines of an global gathering aimed at discussing more effective sanctions on North Korea.

Inoue suggested to Abe that Japan should not miss the current opportunities to improve Sino-Japanese relations, and should try to realize exchanges of high-level visits between China and Japan, according to Kyodo News.

Under a landmark bilateral deal struck in December 2015 under the government of Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye, both countries agreed that the "comfort women" issue, that had led to diplomatic ties between both countries becoming significantly strained, would be "finally and irreversibly" resolved.

But it said it would no longer use Japanese money to compensate the survivors.

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Kreit said the amendment only applies to medical marijuana, so recreational users and businesses are not protected. A recent Pew poll found that 61 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana .

"Truth and justice are key to resolving the issue, but it is not possible to renegotiate the deal", Mr Moon said on Wednesday. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary later played down the report, saying it was not yet decided.

The South Korean side also believes that prior to the deal being made with Japan, those who served as "comfort women" were not sufficiently consulted and their feelings not fully taken into account at the time.

Representatives of 31 Japanese trading, auto parts, logistics and other companies are accompanying Abe, with the aim of tapping into the stable economic growth and relatively cheap labor costs in the Baltic and Southeast Europe regions, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

This came after a government study found that the Japanese Imperial Army had forced women to work in military-run brothels during World War II with many of them "recruited against their own will, through coaxing (and) coercion". It said it would consult with Japan on what to do with the funds already given by the country. He said that in his talks with his counterparts, he hopes to seek coordination on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and other urgent issues that are facing the worldwide community.


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