October 15, 2019 13:31
President Moon Jae-in on Monday sent a message of sympathy to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the damage caused by typhoon Hagibis that left 40 people dead or missing there.
According to Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Ko Min-jung, Moon "offered his deep condolences to Abe and the Japanese people over the loss of precious human lives and enormous damage to property" as a result of the typhoon.
Moon also expressed the hope that the Japanese government and people will join hands to recover from the damage and Japanese people will return to their "calm, ordinary lives" as early as possible.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on Monday canceled the triannual international fleet review to be held last weekend in Sagami Bay off Kanagawa Prefecture, to which Korea had pointedly not been invited.
Moon's message comes amid signs of a tentative thaw between the squabbling neighbors. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is attending the enthronement ceremony for new Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Oct. 22 and is scheduled to attend a dinner and meeting with Abe.
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