TOKYO: Japan and South Korea must cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea, Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, told South Korea's president on Thursday (Sep 24), calling for the uneasy neighbours to repair their frayed ties.

Relations between the two US allies have deteriorated sharply over the past year over war-time history and trade, in particular the issue of Korean labourers forced to work at Japanese firms during Japan's 1910 to 1945 colonial rule.



"I told President Moon that we cannot leave our current very difficult relations where they are now," Suga told reporters after a telephone call with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

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