Amid a rising diplomatic and economic feud between Japan and South Korea, both countries vice foreign ministers will meet this week to discuss the issue of forces World War II labourers, reported Reuters.
Takeo Akiba, Japan's vice minister for foreign affairs, and Cho Se-young, South Korea's first vice foreign minister, will meet in Guam on August 16-17.
A S.korean court ruled last year that the Japanese firms are obligated to compensate some of the South Korean forced labourers, a claim Japan said it was settled previously by agreements.
Since then, relations have deteriorated sharply with Japan imposing restrictions on exports to South Korea and removing Seoul from a favoured trading nations list. Seoul has retaliated by deciding to drop Japan from a similar fast-track trade list.