Japan says North and South Koreans find cause for unity

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It took six decades for the divided Koreas to meet to talk about Japan's colonial past, but it took them just two hours to agree they had common grievances with their Asian neighbour.

Despite the 1950-53 Korean War that killed millions and decades of animosity, there was little dispute between a South Korean group that visited Pyongyang last week and their North Korean hosts, as they agreed Japan's colonial rule still casts a shadow over the peninsula.

The two Koreas have been split since Japan's defeat in World War Two ended its 1910-1945 colonial rule. The united Korea under Japan's emperor was then replaced with two states -- the South under the U.S. sphere of influence and the North under the Soviet.

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