TOKYO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition themed with people-to-people exchanges between China and Japan kicked off on Wednesday at the China Cultural Center in Tokyo.
The exhibition, titled "The Civil Power," showed nearly 100 pictures featuring key historical moments on Sino-Japanese people-to-people exchanges and the friendship between the two peoples.
Guo Yan, minister at Chinese Embassy in Japan, said at the opening ceremony that people-to-people exchanges have always been a driving force for development of bilateral relations between China and Japan.
She called upon peoples of the two countries to have more active and extensive communications and make contribution to the improvement and development of bilateral ties.
Yukio Hatoyama, former prime minister of Japan, said that joint efforts of insightful people of the two countries were indispensable to the normalization of bilateral ties.
He said that he hopes viewers of the exhibition, especially Japanese viewers, could have a deeper understanding of the fruits and importance of people-to-people exchanges and taking this as an opportunity to further extend the friendship between the two nations.
The exhibition, co-sponsored by People's China magazine, China Pictorial magazine and China Cultural Center, will run through Sept. 29. It is open to the public for free.