Business leaders from South Korea and Japan discuss economic cooperation at annual conference

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SEOUL, May 30 (Yonhap) — South Korean and Japanese business leaders held an annual conference on Monday to discuss economic cooperation in the areas of global value chains and youth talent exchanges in the era. post-pandemic.

The 54th South Korea-Japan Business Conference, organized by the Korea-Japan Economic Association (KJEA), was held virtually in Seoul and Tokyo under the theme “Opening a New Stage in Korea Economic Relations of southern Japan”.

The event has been held annually since 1969 to help promote bilateral economic cooperation and ease the long-running feud between the two countries stemming from the colonial past.

This year’s conference brought together some 260 business leaders from both countries. Kim Yoon, chairman of Samyang Holdings Corp. and director of KJEA, and Koo Ja-yeol, president of the Korea International Trade Association, were among some 160 South Korean businessmen.

Mikio Sasaki, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corp., and Akiyoshi Koji, Chairman of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., were among the 100 Japanese attendees.

South Korea’s Commerce Minister Ahn Duk-geun, who attended the event, thanked companies from both countries for their work in supporting trade and investment, and promised to support companies to “expand the forward-looking economic and trade cooperation”.

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