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Wed Sep 5, 2012 4:38PM
Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano (file photo)

Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano (file photo)

Japan's Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano says relations between Tehran and Tokyo should not be limited to diplomatic aspects. “Knowing the culture of the two countries, identifying subcultures and mutual understanding will improve peace and friendship between the two nations of Iran and Japan,” Kumano said on the sidelines of the First International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Identity Formation in the Iranian city of Shiraz. He went on to say that, holding of the conference is interesting and important and should be continued. “Such conferences lead to cultural and social exchanges between the two nations of Iran and Japan and hopefully the exchange of beliefs and opinions via conferences will take place in the future,” Kumano noted. The First International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Identity Formation, which is a joint effort by Iran's Islamic Azad University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, kicked off on September 5 and will run until September 6, 2012. TNP/SS/AZ