A photo exhibition organized by the State Council Information Office ended on Sunday at the Roppongi Hills commercial complex in Tokyo. The highlight of the exhibition was the amicable ties between China and Japan during the last 60 years since the end of World War II.
About 180 pictures collected from leaders, ordinary citizens and media of both countries were on display during the 11-day exhibition, attracting thousands of Japanese residents as well as Chinese studying or living in Japan.
Themed "China-Japan Friendship over the Past 60 Years," photos were divided into three sections: A Review of History for New Study, Prosperity of Exchanges, and Looking Forward to Future.
Undertaken by China International Publishing Group, the exhibition not only reflects past strong bilateral ties between the two countries, but also projects a bright future for Sino-Japanese friendship.
Pictures of the Japanese Emperor and Empress' visit to China's Great Wall in 1992, as well as pictures depicting bilateral exchanges in politics, economy, science and religion left a deep impression on visitors.
Well wishes and hope for more friendly China-Japan relations in the future filled the pages of visitor books.
Some visitors also wrote their wish that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would stop visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 14 WWII Class-A war criminals responsible for Japan's aggression war against China and other Asian countries.
One message in particular reads: "Strengthening bilateral relations between China and Japan is significant not only for their own prosperity, but also for peace in Asia and the world."
(Xinhua News Agency August 8, 2005)