Japan decides to lift sanctions on N. KoreaUpdated: 2014-07-03 13:54:57 (KST)
Japan, on the other hand, has not made any official remarks on the Chinese president's visit to South Korea.
But, it DID have something to say regarding North Korea -- that it will relax some of its sanctions on the North as the reclusive state begins re-investigate the fate of at least a dozen Japanese nationals who were abducted by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 80s.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Thursday that North Korea's special committee is fully authorized to launch an effective probe into any organization.
The sanctions to be lifted reportedly include travel curbs and restrictions on money transfers and a ban on port calls by North Korean ships.
These sanctions are separate from those imposed by Japan and the international community following North Korea's nuclear tests.
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