South Korean president meets with Keidanren chairman

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol received a courtesy visit from the head of Japan’s biggest business lobby in Seoul on Monday.

The call came after Chairman Tokura Masakazu of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, met his South Korean counterpart earlier in the day for the first time in three years.

The presidential office said Yoon and Tokura discussed bilateral cooperation in areas such as economy and increasing people-to-people exchanges. Yoon reportedly expressed his appreciation for Keidanren’s visit to South Korea, saying it would help boost exchanges between the two countries.

Officials say Yoon also said the two governments should use their power and wisdom to build forward-looking cooperative relations. He also reportedly said the two countries should work together to resolve outstanding issues between them.

After the meeting, Tokura told reporters that President Yoon seemed to have a strong wish to revitalize bilateral exchanges with Japan.

Tokura also said that a healthy political climate will further accelerate economic exchanges. He said he asked the president to have summit talks with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, and that ministerial and other talks be held with Japan.