Japan, S.Korea business groups to restart meetings

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, plans to meet with its South Korean counterpart for the first time in three years.

Keidanren has held the forum with the Federation of Korean Industries almost every year, alternately in Japan and South Korea.
But it was suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Keidanren Chairman Tokura Masakazu said he has reached out to the South Korean side to resume the dialogue.

He said, "Japan and South Korea share the same values. Unfortunately, there has been tension over historical issues. But the two countries have a long history of exchange. I want to visit and have talks."

Tokura said the Korean federation also wants to hold the meeting.

He expressed hope that exchange between business people will help improve bilateral ties.