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South Korea President Kim Dae Jung said Monday he expects Japan to take steps “in a responsible manner” to mend ties strained by Japan’s approval of contentious history textbooks and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit to a controversial shrine.

“Recently, the history textbook issue and the Japanese prime minister’s visit to the Shinto shrine caused an undesirable impact on the development of bilateral relations,” Kim said in a speech marking the opening of a competition between South Korean and Japanese skilled workers.

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