Working-level talks between Seoul and Tokyo on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women could be held in Seoul as early as next Tuesday, April 15th.
The Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported Saturday that the director general of Tokyo's Asian and Oceans Affairs Bureau, Junichi Ihara, and his Korean counterpart Lee Sang-deok have set the sex slave issue as the main agenda item for their meeting.
It's estimated that some 200-thousand women, mostly from Korea and China, were forced to become sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War Two.
During next week's talks, the two sides are also expected to touch on possible summit talks between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as North Korean issues.
President Park and Prime Minister Abe have yet to hold bilateral talks since both came to power early last year.