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S. Korea vice foreign minister to visit Japan next week


South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou Hyun will visit Japan next week and meetings with Japanese officials are being arranged as part of efforts to mend bilateral ties, a Japanese government source said Saturday.

Arrangements are being made for Kim to hold talks with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki whom he met in Seoul earlier in the week, the source said.

During his stay, Kim will also attend a reception for the completed renovation of the South Korean embassy in Tokyo.

The two countries' relations remain strained over divergent perceptions of wartime history and a territorial dispute over a pair of South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.