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Japan, S.Korea to hold director-general level talks on sex slavery in Tokyo

English.news.cn   2014-05-12 22:00:40

TOKYO, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Japan and South Korea are expected to hold talks at director-general level this week in Tokyo to discuss Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, local media reported Monday.

The envisioned talks are likely to take place on Thursday or Friday. Issue of lawsuits seeking compensation for Koreans who were conscripted as laborers will also be covered, said Kyodo News Agency.

Japan will be represented by Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, and South Korea by Lee Sang Deok, director general of country's Foreign Ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau.

The two sides held first official negotiations to tackle the sexual enslavement issue in Seoul on April 16, which has long been a vexing source of diplomatic tension between Seoul and Tokyo.

During the meeting, both sides shared the opinion that the issue should be settled speedily and agreed to hold regular monthly talks on the issue, according to South Korea government official.

The diplomats are also likely to discuss South Korea's import restrictions on Japanese fishery products in the upcoming talks. Seoul imposed the ban amid concerns over radiation following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011, Kyodo News Agency reported.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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