Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he wants to see strengthened ties between Japan and China as this year marks a major milestone for each of the countries.
Kono held talks with Chinese university students learning Japanese on Saturday. He is in Beijing to attend high-level economic talks.
Kono noted that this year is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, while the era changes from Heisei to Reiwa in Japan as the new Emperor ascends the throne on May 1.
Kono called on the Chinese students to serve as a bridge between the two countries to promote bilateral ties.
In a question-and-answer session, one student asked whether Japan can terminate nuclear power generation.
Kono said some countries decided to phase out nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima accident, while other countries are engaging in discussions, taking into account the increasing cost of safety measures.
He went on to say that discussions are also taking place in Japan, and he wants the students to watch the outcome closely.