Japan and South Korea should increase citizen exchanges, especially of young people, to build a new partnership and jointly play a leadership role in the Asia-Pacific region, panelists at a symposium on Japan-South Korea relations agreed Monday.

At the panel discussion titled “Japan and Korea: Building Foundations for a New Partnership,” Masao Okonogi, professor of Keio University, said exchanges of young people are the key to deepening understanding between the two countries.

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