Northeast Asia forum opens in Nara of Japan

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

NARA, Japan, April 19 — The fifth session of the Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum opened Monday in the ancient Japanese city of Nara.

The one-day session is set to discuss such topics as monetary cooperation, economic integration, environmental cooperation and cultural and civil exchange issues

The trilateral gathering drew 29 former high-ranking officials and prominent figures from political, academic and business circles of China, Japan and South Korea, including former Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro and former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-Koo.

The forum, cosponsored by China's Xinhua News Agency, Japan's Nikkei news group and South Korea's leading daily newspaper JoongAng Ilbo, aims to strengthen non-governmental exchanges among the three nations.

The yearly event has been held alternately in the three countries since 2006. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM


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