Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon in Tokyo on Thursday, in a bid to ease tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

The two leaders were seen shaking hands and smiling in front of cameras ahead of a meeting at Abe's office.

Lee, who was visiting Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on Tuesday, revealed he handed a letter to Abe from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, without disclosing the contents.

Relations between the two sides became heated when South Korean Supreme Court ruled that Japanese firms had to pay compensation to former South Korean wartime labourers, with Japan maintaining that the compensation issue was settled under a 1965 agreement.

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