Special Report: Global Financial Crisis
SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and Japan
agreed on Wednesday to have closer cooperation against financial crisis and join
efforts in international security issues.
Following a meeting between South Korean Foreign
Minister Yu Myung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone here
Wednesday the morning, Yu said the two countries would have close coordination
in financial issues and will cooperate at the upcoming G20 financial summit set
for April in London to bring out measures to revive the global economy.
The two sides also agreed to carry out joint projects
in Afghanistan, including vocational training, bean seed development, and
invitation of Afghan trainees.
"South Korea and Japan will send their own experts to
the South Korea-Afghan Vocational Training Center to educate Afghan vocational
training instructors," said a press release by the South Korean Foreign
Yu and Nakasone appealed that the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) not take operations that might escalate tension in the
Nakasone said Japan backs South Korea's policy
towards the DPRK and will cooperate with the United States and South Korea to
resolve the nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula within the framework of
The two sides also agreed to extend a joint
government scholarship program for 1,000 South Korean students to study science
and engineering in Japanese universities for the coming 10years.
Nakasone arrived here on Tuesday and will return to
Tokyo late Wednesday. It is his first trip to Seoul since taking office in
September last year.