Kono, Wang to discuss Xi's visit to Japan

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is expected to accelerate coordination for Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposed visit to Japan.

Kono is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Monday after the two ministers co-chaired the Japan-China high-level economic talks in Beijing the previous day.

Kono plans to discuss with Wang preparations for the Chinese president's visit to Japan for the G20 summit in Osaka in June.

He is expected to discuss the North Korean situation. Kono is also expected to relay Japan's concerns over security issues, including those related to the Senkaku Islands and gas field development in the East China Sea, to the Chinese side.

The foreign minister told reporters on Sunday evening it can be said that relations between Japan and China are back to normal.

He also said he expects talks with Wang to inevitably include the East China Sea and he wants to exchange views on regional and international issues.

Kono and Japan's economy minister Hiroshige Seko are set to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday, before the foreign ministerial meeting.

Japan hopes to establish the steady development of bilateral ties through a series of talks.