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South Koreans head to the polls Wednesday to elect a new leader, but it’s unclear if a fresh face in the presidential Blue House will be enough to help repair ties with Tokyo, which have tumbled to their lowest point in decades.

The two front-runners in the race — former prosecutor Yoon Suk-yeol of the People Power Party and the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung, a former governor of Gyeonggi province — remain neck-and-neck in their bids to become South Korea’s next leader.

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