Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is scheduled to sit down with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe late Thursday morning.
Although the meeting is only scheduled to last ten minutes, it's garnering a lot of attention.
This is the first meeting of its kind in over a year since a ruling by the South Korean Supreme Court in 2018 that called for Japanese companies to compensate Korean victims of Tokyo's forced labor during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Bilateral ties slumped to a low not seen in decades after Tokyo imposed export curbs against Seoul in July, removing its neighbor from its "white-list" of countries with favorable trade conditions the next month.
In late August, South Korea announced it was terminating its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement.
Against such a background, Prime Minister Lee expressed his will to create an ambience that could spur dialogue.
"I expect to see some outcome."
Lee also plans to deliver a personal letter to Abe from President Moon Jae-in.
While its contents have not been disclosed, the letter likely details Moon's commitment to improve Seoul-Tokyo relations.
It's left to seen whether the meeting could pave the way for a possible Moon-Abe summit before the end of the year, on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 or APEC summit.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.