• Japan, S. Korea FM to hold dialogues

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    TOKYO: Japan’s foreign minister will hold direct talks with his South Korean counterpart at a regional gathering this week, the first ministerial meeting between the two countries since new governments came to power.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korea’s Yun Byung-Se will have the face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the annual diplomatic and security meetings hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Brunei, the Japanese foreign ministry said on Saturday.

    The two governments eye Monday for the meeting, but it may take place on Sunday, the Nikkei daily said.

    South Korea’s Yun called off a visit to Tokyo in April after two Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects at the Yasukuni shrine, a central Tokyo spot that honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including war criminals.

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