Asahi and Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Kono is looking into the possibility of meeting with his ROK counterpart Kang in Paris next week on the sidelines of an OECD ministerial conference. The two diplomats are expected to exchange views on the dispute over requisitioned workers and Seoul’s restrictions on Japanese seafood imports. Yomiuri added that FM Kono held talks with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam at the ministry on Monday and called on the new envoy to make efforts to resolve what he characterized as the “very difficult situation” between the two nations.
In a related story, Sankei highlighted remarks made on a TV show last night by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Nishimura. He reportedly indicated that it will be difficult to arrange a summit between Prime Minister Abe and South Korean President Moon on the margins of the G20 summit in Osaka next month due to Seoul’s continued failure to take proper measures to settle the dispute over requisitioned workers.