Japan–South Korea relations
Foreign ministry officials from Japan and South Korea meet in Seoul to discuss wartime forced labor and trade dispute
Sources: NHK World
Sources: NHK World
South Korea agrees to pay compensation to citizens who were forced to work in Japanese factories during World War II.
South Korea summons the Japanese ambassador following remarks by a Japanese senior official mocking South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon had hinted at a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, to which the official responded that it was not a possibility and that Moon was "masturbating". South Korea states that the remarks were highly inappropriate, but the Government of Japan said that the remarks were not directed at Moon.
Japan, South Korea and the United States agree to boost multilateral military cooperation and defense issues.
South Korean government officials announce that Japan and the United States are interested in renewing the GSOMIA pact between Japan and South Korea to maintain bilateral cooperation between the two nations in defense issues.
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Japan and South Korea hold a high-level bilateral meeting for the first time since the trade dispute, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe meeting with his counterpart Lee Nak-yeon.
Japan and South Korea fail to make progress toward resolution, but agree to continue dialogue.
In a tit-for-tat move, South Korea removes Japan from its preferred trade list.
South Korea announces that Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul Monday to work toward a final settlement concerning sex slavery during World War II. "The Nikkei" reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe plans to create a new government-backed fund, containing over 100 million yen (US$831,200-£556,600) to help former South Korean "comfort women," and is also considering making an apology for the wartime sexual enslavement.