Japan, S. Korea Agree to Promote People's Exchanges


Kutchan, Hokkaido, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba and his South Korean counterpart, Park Yang-woo, agreed Sunday to make efforts to promote exchanges between the people of the two countries.

The number of South Korean visitors to Japan has plunged amid strained bilateral relations mainly over history and trade issues.

Akaba and Park held talks in the town of Kutchan, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, after attending a two-day meeting through Saturday of tourism ministers from the Group of 20 major advanced and developing economies.

It was the first time for the Japanese and South Korean tourism ministers to hold talks since a three-way meeting also involving China was held in Incheon, South Korea, in August. It was the first such meeting for Akaba, who took office in September.

After the talks, Akaba told reporters that he thanked Park for attending the G-20 meeting, which Akaba chaired, and stressed the safety of Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after the March 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant.

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