Senior Japanese and South Korean foreign ministry officials have met in Tokyo to discuss the issue of wartime labor and an intelligence-sharing pact, set to expire next week. After the meeting, a Japanese official told reporters the meeting was constructive, but ended without a major breakthrough.
Shigeki Takizaki, the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and his counterpart, Kim Jung-han, the Director-General for Asian and Pacific affairs, met on Friday morning for the first time since last month.
Senior diplomats from Japan and South Korea say they will keep communicating to resolve a dispute over wartime labor, which is one of the issues that have strained bilateral ties.
Shigeki Takizaki, the director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and Kim Jung-han, the South Korean Foreign Ministry's director general for Asian and Pacific affairs met in Tokyo on Friday.
Senior Foreign Ministry officials from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday to discuss the issue of wartime labor. After three hours of talks, they failed to narrow their differences.
Last year, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who say they were forced to work for the firms during World War Two.
South Korean plaintiffs seeking damages for wartime labor plan to soon begin court procedures to sell assets seized from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The plaintiffs include women who say they were forced to work for the Japanese firm during World War Two. Last November, South Korea's Supreme Court finalized lower court rulings awarding them compensation.
Japan's foreign minister is again calling on South Korea to convene an arbitration panel aimed at resolving issues relating to wartime labor. But South Korea's foreign minister only repeated her country's position.
Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha exchanged words after a dinner for Group of 20 foreign ministers in Osaka on Friday.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in to exercise leadership in solving the bilateral issue of wartime labor.
Kono was speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday, a day after the Japanese government asked South Korea to agree to establishing an arbitration panel in line with a 1965 bilateral agreement. The request came as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his government cannot resolve the issue alone.