S. Korean Pres. Moon Thanks Retiring Japanese Emperor

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Seoul, April 30 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in has expressed his gratitude to retiring Japanese Emperor Akihito for his contributions to the development of the two countries' relations, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

While on the throne, Emperor Akihito has underscored the importance of keeping peace and greatly helped South Korea and Japan promote their ties, Moon said in a letter sent to the Emperor, according to the spokesman.

Moon added that he hopes Emperor Akihito, 85, will continue to work for further advancing the bilateral relationship after his abdication on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

In a Facebook post, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon voiced appreciation to the Emperor for placing importance on South Korea-Japan relations.

Lee also thanked Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito for giving him very inspiring words when they met at the World Water Forum in Brasilia in March last year. The Crown Prince is set to accede to the throne at midnight Tuesday.

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