According to diplomatic sources on Thursday, Lee met Ambassador Koji Tomita at an undisclosed location in Seoul on Sept. 10.
Lee, who majored in Asian History at Seoul National University, has a master’s degree from Japan’s Keio University and is fluent in Japanese.
When the Japanese government banned exports of key semiconductor materials to Korea last year, Lee traveled to Japan to meet with businesspeople there.
On Lee’s watch, Samsung signed a supply deal with Japan’s No. 2 mobile provider, KDDI, for 5G equipment in March.
Japan has been restricting entry for Koreans since March due to the coronavirus epidemic. The two countries are in official talks to ease the restrictions in some cases, especially for businesspeople.
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