South Korea’s prime minister, but not its president, will attend the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito on Oct. 22, Japanese government officials said.

Tokyo and Seoul will arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon during his stay in Japan.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated, and political and other observers have been watching how the South Korean government would react to the planned extravaganza in Tokyo.

Seoul apparently decided against having President Moon Jae-in join the celebration. On the other hand, Lee is known as being more friendly toward Japan.

Bilateral ties started to fray after the South Korean Supreme Court ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to wartime laborers.

During their escalating dispute, Japan tightened controls over semiconductor-related exports to South Korea, while Moon decided to end the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan.