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26th meeting of Korea-Japan business leaders
Dong-Jin, LEE / Regional Cooperation Team
   FKI and Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) jointly hosted the 26th meeting of Korea-Japan business leaders in Seoul on October 10. The participants shared a need for closer cooperation in preventing natural disasters. Welcoming the fact that Korea and Japan have been in the process of restoring stable relations since the summit between President Geun Hye Park and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in November last year, business leaders from both sides agreed to take the lead in improving bilateral ties in politics and diplomacy.

   The attendees of the meeting also agreed to work on concrete ways for jointly advancing into third countries. To share information on successful cases of the past and enhance the understanding of the systems supporting joint advancement into third countries, both delegates decided to hold a seminar in Seoul next spring.

   To successfully host the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and Tokyo Olympics to be held back-to-back in 2018 and 2020, the business leaders felt the need to further deepen private-level cooperation especially in tourism. To work out low fertility which the two countries have in common, they focused on exchanging human resources including youths as a feasible breakthrough.