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PacNet #22A – South Korea and Japan: High Time These Neighbors Put Future Before Past

Starting May 31, South Korea and Japan co-host soccer’s World Cup. Why? Each would rather have done it alone – and could have. Both have successfully mounted the Olympic Games. Yet so fierce was their rivalry that FIFA ducked out of choosing and made them share it. So they have, but with a bad grace: largely ignoring each other and even squabbling about whose name goes first on the tickets.