Japan, China, S. Korea Agree to Promote Tourism Exchanges


Incheon, South Korea, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Ministers in charge of tourism from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Friday to continue promoting exchanges in the field.

Their meeting, held in Incheon, South Korea, came at a time when relations between Japan and South Korea are deteriorating further following Japan's stricter controls on exports to South Korea and Seoul's decision not to renew the general security of military information agreement, or GSOMIA, with Tokyo.

The meeting was attended by Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii from Japan, Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Park Yang-woo from South Korea, and Tourism Minister Luo Shugang from China.

On the sidelines of the three-way talks, Ishii and Park held a bilateral meeting, which lasted about 75 minutes, some 35 minutes longer than the initially planned. "We shared the view that tourism exchanges are important," Ishii told reporters after the meeting with Park, while citing problems between Japan and South Korea.

Asked why the bilateral meeting was extended, Ishii said that he and Park "exchanged opinions enthusiastically."

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