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Japan, SKorea lawmakers meet to ease row over trade, history

Japanese lawmaker Fukushiro Nukaga, second left, and South Korean counterpart Suh Chung-won, second from right, shake hands at a hotel during a meeting in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 31, 2019. The lawmakers from South Korea held a lunch meeting with their Japanese counterparts during a visit to Tokyo on Wednesday. The gathering comes amid strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo after Japan recently tightened export controls for some high-tech materials. (Kyodo News via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 6:51 AM

TOKYO - A delegation of lawmakers from Japan and South Korea met in a bid to ease their countries' worsening dispute over trade and history, but ended up repeating demands to each other.

The South Korean side Wednesday urged Japan not to downgrade their country from a preferred status with simplified export procedures. Japan's Cabinet is to approve the measure Friday.

Japan says the measure is needed to prevent misuse of sensitive materials and that Seoul has undermined Tokyo's trust, including export controls. The Japanese lawmakers repeated Japan's demands that Seoul not force Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean labourers by violating the 1965 bilateral agreement that settled wartime compensation issues.

South Korean lawmakers said they plan to seek a way to resolve the Korean labourers' issue at an upcoming national assembly.

News from © The Associated Press, 2019
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