Japanese and North Korean university students have been meeting and building friendships in Pyongyang during a six-day exchange event that started Wednesday.

In the event, 10 students from Japan met with 16 students who are learning Japanese at the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies, most of whom have never met Japanese nationals before.

A representative of the Relief Campaign Committee for Children, the organizer of the event, said the organization hopes the interaction will serve as a step toward improving ties between the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.