(Yomiuri: December 12, 2015 –p. 4)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Dec. 11 that MOFA and the South Korean foreign ministry will hold talks between their director general-level officials in Tokyo on Dec. 15. It will be the second bureau chief meeting after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye agreed in November at their summit to accelerate talks for the early settlement of the comfort women issue.
Kimihiro Ishikane, director general of MOFA’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Lee Sang-deok, director general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, will attend the meeting. Ishikane plans to raise the issue of the 18-month detention of the former Sankei Seoul Bureau chief by Korean prosecutors on charges of defamation over a column he wrote about President Park. A court decision is scheduled for Dec. 17.