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South Korea and Japan should take a fresh look at their relations amid a rapidly changing global order, the top trade official in Seoul said, following the election of a new president, who is calling for a mending of ties.

“It’s high time to have a fresh look at bilateral relations and forge forward-looking, more constructive relations between Korea and Japan,” South Korean Trade Minister Yeo Han-koo said in an interview Thursday. “It’s important to keep politics separate from economic and trade investment when we talk about multilateral trade platforms.”

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