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Japan and S.Korea's historic rivalry is softening

STORY: The leaders of Japan and South Korea met on Thursday in a historic moment, because it's the first time that a South Korean president has visited Japan in 12 years.

The two countries, both allies of the U.S. but with centuries of animosity between them, are increasingly being driven closer together by China's growing presence in world affairs, and mutual security threats such as North Korea.

Underlining that subject: North Korea launched another long-range ballistic missile that landed in the sea between the three countries just hours before President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Japan.

This video released by Japan's defense ministry is believed to show the missile's contrail.

Yoon and Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida hashed out several new agreements in the visit, including tightening intelligence sharing and ending an almost four-year dispute over raw materials used in high tech equipment.

The visit also came in the middle of joint military drills between South Korea and American forces.

It's not clear if the warmth between the Japanese and South Korean governments will change opinions at home.

A recent poll by Gallup Korea shows 64% of respondents there said there was no rush to improve ties with Tokyo without a change in Japan's attitude.