TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials will meet in China on Monday in what could be a first step toward resuming talks between the two nations.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the two sides will discuss the movement of Japanese remains buried in North Korea. The remains were left behind after World War II when Japan colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945.
Officials from both foreign ministries will attend the meetings. Similar talks between the two Red Cross Societies in 2012 led to first government-to-government talks between Japan and North Korea in four years.
At least two delegations of Japanese were also allowed to visit the graves in North Korea. One held a memorial service at a Pyongyang mountain where up to 2,500 Japanese are buried.
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