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Japanese diplomat handling Asian affairs to arrive in Seoul on Thurs.

All News 16:11 February 05, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- A Japanese diplomat has rescheduled his trip to Seoul and will arrive on Thursday for working-level talks over a protracted row between the two countries surrounding Tokyo's wartime forced labor, officials said Wednesday.

Shigeki Takizaki, director general at the Japanese foreign ministry's Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau, had been scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and hold talks with his South Korean counterpart, Kim Jung-han, on Thursday.

But his arrival was rescheduled for Thursday, a Seoul official said without disclosing a clear reason.

Kim and Takizaki have held talks to resolve the forced labor row, with the most recent meeting held last month in San Francisco, but little progress has been made.

The row intensified after Japan imposed export restrictions against South Korea last year in apparent retaliation for South Korean Supreme Court rulings that ordered Japanese firms to compensate victims of wartime forced labor.

Shigeki Takizaki, Japanese diplomat for Asia and Oceanian affairs, enters the foreign ministry in Seoul for working-level talks on the row over history and trade, on Oct. 16, 2019. (Yonhap)


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