Japan-S. Korea Festival Kicks Off in Tokyo amid Soured Ties

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Many people visited an annual Japan-South Korea cultural exchange festival in Tokyo on Saturday, enjoying South Korean cuisines, traditional costumes and music performances by groups from both countries.

The event was held at a time when the two countries' relations are said to be at the worst state since the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties, due to history and trade issues.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two-day festival through Sunday, South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo indicated hopes for resolving bilateral issues through dialogue by respecting each other's position and understanding the differences.

"South Korea is a country that passed on its culture to Japan," Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said at the ceremony.

Expressing concerns over a drop in the number of South Korean visitors to Japan, Akaba said, "I hope this festival leads to an expansion in human exchanges."

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