On April 23rd, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan, H.E. Mr. Lee Rong-ho, visited the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan upon the conclusion of his term. During the visit, he met with Party Leader Yukio Edano, Secretary-General Tetsuro Fukuyama, Special Deputy Chairperson of the Policy Research Council Shinkun Haku, Chief Deputy Chairperson of the Policy Research Council Hiranao Honda, and Director-General of International Bureau Akiko Kamei.
At the beginning of the meeting, Leader Edano shared words of appreciation with Ambassador Lee, who made great efforts during a time of difficult relations between Japan and Korea. Touching upon the growing sense of closeness in the fields of culture and art, particularly for young generations, it was mutually confirmed that even while it may be difficult to establish friendly relations at the national and political levels, the situation will improve so long as private-sector exchanges are active.
Ambassador Lee stated that even in the midst of difficult Japan-Korea relations, there was human exchange on the scale of 10 million people last year, leading to a deeper understanding of Japan. He expressed his will to contribute further to the expansion of human exchange and improvement of the Japan-Korea relationship in the role of university professor he will take up upon completing his present position.