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Japan, North Korea meet for second day of dialogue

BEIJING--Japan and North Korea were in close contact for a second day, officials said Thursday, as the countries seek to find enough common ground for possible future discussions at a higher level.

Diplomats from the two sides held their first face-to-face encounter in four years Wednesday in Beijing, in relatively low-level talks Japan characterized as “matter-of-fact and frank.”

The countries, which have no formal diplomatic relations, have long been at odds over numerous issues including North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens and the legacy of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

Thursday's encounter ended after a little less than two hours and the two sides were keeping in touch, though it was unclear if they would gather again, said the official with the Japanese Embassy.

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