Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday that he invited South Korean President Moon Jae In to visit Japan, as the two countries have been trying to promote "future-oriented" relations.
During his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha in Singapore, the ministers also agreed that Tokyo and Seoul will work together to ensure a steady stream of reciprocal visits by the two nations' leaders, Kono said.
Japan and South Korea mark the 20th anniversary of a bilateral declaration that touched on the importance of facing the past "squarely" and sought to improve ties in the 21st century even as wartime history continues to cast a shadow.
"We still have challenges to address, but we have agreed to resolve them in an appropriate manner," Kono told reporters after meeting with Kang.
Kono said he again urged Seoul to steadily implement a deal struck between Japan and South Korea in 2015 on the matter of "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.
The two foreign ministers met on the sidelines of a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related gatherings in the city-state.