Japan-S. Korea Festival Held in Seoul amid Bilateral Tensions

Politics

Seoul, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--An annual Japan-South Korea cultural exchange festival was held in Seoul on Sunday, with this year's gala coming amid heightened tensions between the two Asian neighbors over trade and other problems.

A venue for the grassroots festival was flooded with visitors, including young South Koreas having keen interests in Japan.

Among attendees at the festival were South Korean Second Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho and Japanese Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Norikazu Suzuki.

While noting that relations between the two countries are deteriorating, Lee called for bilateral problems to be resolved through diplomatic efforts. "When there are problems, I hope they will be sorted out through dialogue and consultations," he said.

"Personnel exchanges are all the more important because political and diplomatic relations between Tokyo and Seoul are worsening," Suzuki said.

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