South Korea's presidential office says President Moon Jae-in has sent a congratulatory message to Japan's new prime minister, Suga Yoshihide.
A spokesperson of Moon's office said that in the message the president proposed working together to develop bilateral relations.
The spokesperson said the president is always ready to hold a dialogue and communicate with the Japanese government. The official added that Moon hopes for Japan's positive response.
The spokesperson said Moon has also sent a separate message to Suga's predecessor, Abe Shinzo, who stepped down citing a recurrence of a chronic illness. The official said Moon praised Abe's efforts during his period in office and wished him well for a recovery to good health.