Busan Halts Exchange Programs with Japan amid Frayed Ties


Seoul, July 28 (Jiji Press)--The city government of Busan, southern South Korea, said Sunday it will suspend administrative exchange programs with Japan pending an improvement of relations between the two countries after Japan tightened its export controls on South Korea.

The city said it will also restrict visits to Japan by city personnel for official duties.

In a statement, the city government criticized Japan's tightened export controls as improper economic retaliation by the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The city will work with the government of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to persuade Japan to rescind the export curbs, it said.

As an example of exchange programs to be suspended, the city cited the conclusion of a friendly exchange agreement with Nagasaki Prefecture. According to the website of the prefecture's Seoul office, the agreement was concluded in 2014 and has since been renewed every year.

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