Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Pref., Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)–The cultural affairs ministers of Japan, China and South Korea on Monday pledged to present a vision on cultural dissemination fit for the postcoronavirus era.
Adopting a joint declaration, the three ministers, including Japan’s Koichi Hagiuda, also confirmed that their countries will strengthen cooperation to support cultural and art activities, hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Kitakyushu declaration was adopted at their meeting in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan. Hagiuda was physically present, while his Chinese and South Korean counterparts participated online.
The declaration called for creating opportunities for cultural figures and artists of the three countries to interact directly.
The ministers also agreed to carry out a joint cultural and art program to take advantage of this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February 2022.
The trio chose Japan’s Oita Prefecture, the Chinese cities of Wenzhou and Jinan, and the South Korean city of Gyeongju as the East Asian cultural cities of 2022 to promote three-way exchanges.