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Tokyo and Pyongyang will continue talks on allowing Japanese women living in North Korea with their Korean husbands to visit Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama said July 22.

The bilateral talks will probably be held at a higher level after midlevel officials from both countries met in Beijing over the weekend, the top government spokesman indicated during a regular news conference. “We strongly hope the bilateral talks will move toward a forward-looking direction,” Kajiyama said, declining to disclose details of the talks in Beijing.

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