For the first time since Japan's new Prime Minister took office last month, diplomats of Seoul and Tokyo will hold talks Thursday on their prolonged row over Tokyo's wartime forced labor of Koreans and the country's export curbs.
The director-general at Japan's foreign ministry's Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau, Shigeki Takizaki( ), is set to hold separate talks with Kim Jung-han, Seoul's director-general for Asia and Pacific Affairs.
During his three-day visit, the Japanese diplomat will also meet with Seoul's chief nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon.
The talks are the first between the two sides in around eight months.
They are also expected to discuss their economic cooperation and South Korea's plan to hold a trilateral summit between Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.