Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Masuzoe to seek better ties with China and S.Korea

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe says he will seek to improve Japan's ties with China and South Korea by making the most of sister-city relationships with their respective capitals.

NHK asked Masuzoe in an interview on Tuesday about his plans for intercity diplomacy amid soured relations with China and South Korea.

Masuzoe said Tokyo basically has no say in diplomacy, which is a matter of state.

But he noted that Tokyo and its sister cities Beijing and Seoul all have to cope with an aging population, and China is struggling with air pollution. He said Tokyo can share with Beijing and Seoul its experiences and know-how in social security and environmental issues.

The governor added that Tokyo can get tips from Beijing and Seoul for the 2020 Summer Games, as both cities have hosted Olympics in the past.

He expressed hope that such exchanges would help create an environment for a breakthrough in the current diplomatic deadlock.