Taiwan called on the Japanese government Monday to begin negotiating with Taipei on the "comfort women" issue after Tokyo and Seoul struck a deal on the long-standing dispute.

Spokeswoman Eleanor Wang said the ministry will ask the island's representative office in Tokyo to convey the Taiwanese government's wish to open talks on the issue.

"If the Japanese government decides to take any positive action to resolve the issue, we think the coverage should be comprehensive and include comfort women from Taiwan," she said.