TC Activities Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat Held China-Japan-Korea Youth Day in Tokyo 2023.02.10
(Tokyo, February 10, 2023) – Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (referred to as TCS hereafter) hosted CJK (China-Japan-Korea)Youth Day in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, February 10, 2023, commemorating the launch of the Trilateral Youth Exchange Network (TYEN). State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. TAKEI Shunsuke, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Japan H.E. KONG Xuanyou and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan H.E. YUN Dukmin held a high-level dialogue with youth representatives from the three countries during the event. With the attendance of all walks of life including Japanese Foreign Ministry and Chinese and Korean diplomatic missions in Japan, international exchange promotional agencies, friendship associations and universities of the three countries, and CAMPUS Asia alumni, an audience of around 100 persons was onsite and a total of 300 persons joined through live-streaming.
TYEN is a cross-generation and cross-career community network newly established by TCS after half a year preparation in absorbing various suggestions from different communities of the three countries. Young people from China, Japan, and the ROK can find their mentors across borders and pursue their personal and professional development. Nine (9) existing or newly organized youth programs of TCS will be conducted under TYEN, including Young Ambassador Program, Trilateral Youth Summit, Trilateral Youth Speech Contest, Young Scholars Forum, Young Rural Leaders Exchange, Children’s Story Exchange, CAMPUS Asia Alumni Network, TCS Internship Program and TCS SNS Supporters Program. By doing so, TYEN serves as a one-stop hub where young people could obtain project information and apply to participate. In future, TYEN will further introduce those youth exchanges programs that are affiliated to Trilateral Ministerial Meeting mechanisms and that are jointly operated by TCS and other institutes. TCS will work with experts and professionals on a yearly basis to provide mentorship on project operation, study, job seeking and career advancement for TYEN members. Meanwhile, TYEN provides funds for self-initiated projects by youth of the three countries. The first two projects are going to be carried out on April 1- July 31, 2023, and each will receive financial support amounting to $5,000 from TCS. TYEN and the project contest are now open for registration and application.
Link to TYEN Website: http://tyen.tcs-asia.org/
Link to TYEN project contest: https://tcs-asia.org/en/board/upcoming_view.php?idx=43&pNo=1&language=2
Attaching high importance on the exchanges among civil societies especially the youth communities towards the promotion of mutual understandings, perceptions and friendship among the people of the three countries as well as the development of future-oriented trilateral relations during the high-level dialogue, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. TAKEI Shunsuke, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Japan H.E. KONG Xuanyou and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan H.E. YUN Dukmin encouraged the young people of the three countries to learn more about each other’s culture and language and study and work in other countries, adding that the governments would try to create more exchange opportunities for them via TCS and TYEN. Three youth representatives- Korean Sungkyunkwan University Associate Professor ZHANG Muhui (Chinese national), overseas study and employment expert KASUGAI Moe (Japanese national) and Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy Assistant Researcher LEE Jeung Seung (Korean national)- shared their opinions and suggestions on the role of young people on mutual perception promotion, cross-border job opportunity creation and contributions to global development issues including climate change and carbon neutrality.
In her opening remarks, TCS Secretary-General Amb. OU Boqian pointed out, ‘Where there is a strong youth, there is a strong Asia. We cannot change the past, but can shape the future together. The prerequisite of a future-oriented trilateral relations is mutual trust and friendship, and the cultivation of mutual trust and friendship relies on continuous communications. I sincerely hope TYEN serve as a hub to put together all efforts for the Lasting Peace, Common Prosperity and Shared Culture in this region’.
Taking the occasion of the event, TCS and the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) of the University of Tokyo signed a memorandum of understanding on the internship program. So far TCS has partnered with China Foreign Affairs University, GraSPP of the University of Tokyo, Incheon National University, Dongseo University and Busan University of Foreign Studies to offer internship opportunities.
A “CJK Future Fair” was also organized at the event venue. Japan-China Friendship Association, Japan Association of Overseas Studies, Japan Youth Development Association, Japan Foundation and TCS participated and set up their booths in the Fair.
TCS is an international organization jointly established by governments of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea with an aim to promote a future-oriented Trilateral Cooperation among the three countries as well as Lasting Peace, Common Prosperity and Shared Culture in this region.
(1) TCS Secretary-General Amb. OU Boqian is giving the opening remarks.
(2) TCS Deputy Secretary-General SAKATA Natsuko is making an introduction on TYEN.
(3) State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. TAKEI Shunsuke is addressing at the Dialogue.
(4) Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Japan H.E. KONG Xuanyou is addressing at the Dialogue.
(5) Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan H.E. YUN Dukmin is addressing at the Dialogue.
(6) Member of the House of Councilors & former (1st) TCS Deputy Secretary-General MATSUKAWA Rui is giving her congratulatory remarks.
(7) A glimpse of the High-Level Dialogue (from left: TCS Secretary-General Amb. OU Boqian, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan H.E. YUN Dukmin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Japan H.E. KONG Xuanyou, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. TAKEI Shunsuke, KOREC CEO KASUGAI Moe, Sungkyunkwan University Associate Professor ZHANG Muhui and Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy Assistant Researcher LEE Jeung Seung).
(8) TCS - GraSPP Internship MoU Signing Ceremony.
(9) Group Photo.
(10) “CJK Future Fair”