South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon has told Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, the front-runner to become Japan’s next prime minister, of Seoul’s readiness to resume summit talks, sources close to the bilateral relationship said Sunday.

Ban, in a meeting with Abe in Tokyo on Aug. 9, also invited him to South Korea soon if he succeeds Junichiro Koizumi, they said.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.