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Japan's emperor likely to visit S. Korea in future: spokesman.

TOKYO, July 1 Kyodo

A visit by a Japanese emperor to South Korea in the future is possible, Japan's top government spokesman said Monday.

''We are not thinking of such a thing for now, but I believe a good opportunity will come'' some time in the future, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda told reporters.

A visit by a Japanese emperor to South Korea has long been a sensitive bilateral issue due to lingering memories in South Korea of Japan's colonial rule.

South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, who is now in Japan, reportedly plans to issue an invitation in person to Emperor Akihito to visit South Korea.

Kim arrived in Japan on Sunday to attend the final match of the World Cup which Japan and South Korea co-hosted.

He will attend a luncheon with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday.
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Date:Jul 8, 2002
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