Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu will attend an event to be held in Tokyo later this month to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic ties, a head organizer said Friday.

Japan's double Olympic champion Hanyu, who retired from competition in July, is also wildly popular in China. During the Beijing Olympics earlier this year, the country's media repeatedly reported about Hanyu fever at home.

Hanyu is a "youngster who is loved much both in China and Japan" and "acts as a role model for young people," said Jiang Xiaosong, who heads the organizing committee of events related to the anniversary, at a news conference in Tokyo.

The figure skater, who became the youngest recipient of the Japanese government's People's Honor Award at the age of 23 in 2018, is set to appear at the event, which is scheduled to take place on the evening of Sept. 29.

But the organizer stopped short of revealing what Hanyu will do at the event, saying only that he "will not give a figure skating performance."

Hanyu has drawn attention in China since 2014, when he had a bloody collision with a Chinese skater during an official practice before winning the silver medal at the Cup of China in Shanghai.

In February, Chinese fans were upset after his eight-year reign as Olympic champion ended in Beijing.

At the event, Zhang Hina, a young Chinese player of the violin-like erhu, is slated to play music. Japanese violinist Ikuko Kawai and Hideki Togi, a musician of ancient Japanese court music known as gagaku, also plan to perform.

Symposiums on topics such as environment, medical care and tourism will be held in Tokyo ahead of the event, according to organizers. Toshihiro Nikai, known as a pro-China veteran politician of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is among those expected to participate.

"Relations between the governments of Japan and China as well as people of the two nations are not that good now, but precisely because of that, we have to do something for a better relationship, as Japan and China are neighboring countries," Jiang said.

On Sept. 29, the Japan Business Federation, the nation's most powerful business lobby better known as Keidanren, and groups dedicated to promoting Japan-China friendship will organize another event at a Tokyo hotel.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to take part in the event, a source close to the matter said.