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TOKYO, Sept. 19 Kyodo

A Web site promoting exchanges among citizens of Japan and South Korea was launched Tuesday ahead of the 2002 World Cup soccer finals to be jointly hosted by the two countries, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

The Japan-Korea Exchange Express ( contains information about plans for grassroots bilateral exchanges in Japanese and Korean.

Ryuichiro Yamazaki, the ministry's director general for press and public relations, said the launch of the site is timely as it precedes South Korean President Kim Dae Jung's visit to Japan, scheduled for Friday to Sunday.

The site, mainly aimed at Japanese Internet surfers, includes an introduction to Korean culture, features on bilateral cultural exchanges, an event calendar and a forum in which visitors can trade information and opinions, Yamazaki said.

The site has been set up by the Japan Foundation as part of an agreement reached by top leaders of Japan and South Korea last year, designating 2002 as a year for bilateral citizen exchanges.

The then Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and then South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong Pil agreed in the fall of 1999 to encourage grassroots ties in a wide variety of fields in an effort to make the World Cup a success.
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Title Annotation:Internet/Web/Online Service Information
Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Sep 25, 2000
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