The “Korea-Japan Festival in Seoul” was held in Seoul on Sept. 24 to deepen bilateral exchange among citizens by sharing the traditional cultures of the two countries. Nearly 60 booths were set up by municipal offices and companies from Japan and South Korea. South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon attended the festival and visited a booth staffed by Japanese college students.
The festival was launched to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea in 2005. This was the first time for a South Korean prime minister to attend the event. Lee, who is known to be an expert on Japan, received a gift of origami cranes made by Japanese students and posed for photographs with them. “South Korea has a long history of exchange with Japan,” he told reporters. “While appreciating this history, we should make mutual efforts to deepen our exchange.” (Abridged)