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Abe meets South Korean media executives

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told South Korean media executives that he wishes to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Abe met a group of 10 executives from South Korean newspapers and TV stations in his office on Thursday. They were in Japan at the invitation of the Japan-Korean Cooperation Committee, a group of Japanese and South Korean lawmakers and business leaders.

Abe said that Japan and South Korea both respect liberty, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law, and that the 2 countries also share strategic interests. He said he would like to further develop bilateral ties.

The prime minister said there are currently some difficult problems standing between Japan and South Korea, but that makes it all the more important for the leaders of both countries to hold frank discussions.

Editor in chief of the Chosun Ilbo daily, Song Hee-yong said he has found through this visit that many Japanese people want to see a normalization of South Korea-Japan relations. He said he hopes this opportunity will serve as one starting point for improving these relations.

Jul. 17, 2014 - Updated 09:00 UTC