Korea, Japan Form Council on Culture Exchange
Korea and Japan have formed a civilian-level consultation body to discuss how to promote cultural exchanges between the two neighboring countries, a Foreign Affairs-Trade Ministry official said yesterday.
The Korea-Japan Conference on Cultural Exchanges will be headed by 10 prominent scholars, journalists and experts in culture from the two countries.
Prof. Chi Myong-kwan of Hallym University, who also heads a joint committee concerned with researching the two nations' unhappy history, will lead a Korean delegation which also includes Prof. Choi Sang-yong of Korea University and Chang Myong-sue, chief editorial writer for the Hankook Ilbo.
The mission of the joint history research committee will be wrapped up in September after issuing a recommendation to the two governments on the basis of its research.
The formation of the conference was agreed upon last March when President Kim Dae-jung and Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi held a summit meeting in Seoul.
``The first meeting of the Korean and Japanese members of the conference is scheduled for late this year,'' the official said.
The ministry official noted there is no specific agenda for the conference because the agenda-setting process is also up to the members of the conference.
``The government's role will be limited to helping establish the conference. Detailed steps regarding the organization of an inaugural meeting and the formation of a steering committee will be taken through consultations of the secretariats of each country,'' the official said.
Korea's secretariat, led by Prof. Soh Yon-ho of Korea University, will be established under the wing of an advisory committee on Korea-Japan cultural exchange policies, while the Japanese secretariat will be led by Naohiro Kumagai, secretary-general of the Japan-Korea Cultural Exchange Fund. …