Saturday morning’s Asahi wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi held bilateral talks with his ROK counterpart Kang in New York on Thursday for the first time since he assumed his current post. This was also the first time for Japan and South Korea to hold a foreign ministerial meeting since Seoul announced its decision in August to terminate its GSOMIA intelligence sharing pact with Japan. The paper wrote that the two officials reiterated their positions on the outstanding issues between their nations, including compensation for former Korean requisitioned workers and the GSOMIA, but failed to make progress toward their resolution. They agreed that the two nations will continue to communicate through diplomatic channels.
Saturday morning’s Nikkei and Sankei also reported on the Japan-ROK foreign ministerial meeting, quoting Motegi as telling Kang that Japan and South Korea must develop their relationship in a forward-looking manner because bilateral cooperation and trilateral coordination with the United States are more important than ever in dealing with the DPRK.