Japan and North Korea have agreed to meet in Beijing on Sept. 6 for the first round of preparatory talks regarding visits to Japan by Japanese women living in North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama said Sept. 1.

The talks will be held between Tadateru Konoe, vice president of the Japanese Red Cross Society, and his North Korean counterpart, Ri Song Ho, the top government spokesman said. “We hope that the talks will lead to a meaningful result,” Kajiyama told reporters during a regular press conference.

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