China News Service, October 29. According to Korea Broadcasting International (KBS), on the 29th local time, the first meeting of director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea and Japan was held in Seoul, South Korea after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office.
The two parties failed to narrow their differences of opinion on issues such as the "workers' compensation case" and the sewage treatment of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Data map: In July 2019, after Japan-South Korea relations deteriorated, South Koreans boycotted Japanese goods.
According to reports, Takizaki Naraki, director of the Asian and Oceanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Seoul on the 29th, and the two countries resumed the director-level meeting suspended due to the new crown epidemic.
On the same day, Takizaki Nairoki met with Kim Dinghan, Director of the Asia-Pacific Affairs of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss issues of common concern between South Korea and Japan. The meeting lasted about two hours.
During the meeting, the South Korean side asked Japan to remove improper export restrictions. At the same time, it asked the Japanese government and companies to take a sincere attitude towards the issue of forced labor compensation.
However, the Japanese side reiterated its original position that the South Korean government should first come up with a solution.
In addition, the South Korean government is deeply concerned about the sewage treatment of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but the Japanese side maintains that there is no problem in terms of safety.
South Korea and Japan only reiterated their original positions at this meeting, but they reached consensus on solving the problem through dialogue.
Takizaki Naraki will leave South Korea on the morning of the 30th after finishing his three-day visit to South Korea.