Monday 6 March
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6 March 2023
South Korea agrees to compensate wartime victims of Japanese forced labour, paving the way for improved ties between the countries. Plus: Kaja Kallas is re-elected in Estonia and Israel is shaken by another weekend of protests against the government’s judicial reforms.
6 March 2023
Peter Landers, Tokyo bureau chief of ‘The Wall Street Journal’, on South Korea’s plan to compensate victims of forced labour during Japan’s wartime occupation and the resulting hopes of a more co-operative relationship between the regional neighbours.
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