TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top government spokesman said on Wednesday that relations with South Korea were in a “severe situation in various areas” but would return to healthy ties if Seoul kept its promises.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that South Korea was an important neighbor.
He added that arrangements were being made for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of a trilateral summit including China next week.
Relations between the two countries cooled after a South Korean court ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to Koreans forced to work in their mines and factories during World War Two. Tokyo says the issue was settle by a 1965 treaty.
The feud spilled over into trade and security but has shown some signs of easing.
Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg; Editing by Alison Williams