The leaders of the pro-Seoul and pro-Pyongyang groups in Japan ended 60 years of hostilities Wednesday with a reconciliation meeting in Tokyo.

It was the first meeting in the history of the two groups, which grew out of a split in a general Korean association formed in 1945.

The Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan) split off from the main group in 1946 to represent only South Koreans, and in 1955, the original group became the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun) to officially represent North Koreans.