A symposium on Intercultural City Encounters Europe-Asia was organised in Tokyo on 18-19 January by the Council of Europe and the Japan Foundation. The 200 participants included nine Mayors from European, Japanese and Korean cities, European, Japanese and Korean experts and directors of specialist integration departments of invited cities. The symposium and associated events explored the potential of leveraging cultural diversity for community building in European, Japanese and Korean contexts, and compared intercultural policies, good practices and challenges.
Participants included Yasutomo SUZUKI, Mayor of Hamamatsu City, Japan; Hiroko NAKAYAMA, Mayor of Shinjuku City, Japan; Tadayoshi MATSUBARA, Mayor of Ota City, Japan; MOON Seok-Jin, Mayor of Seodaemun City in Seoul, Korea; YEOM, Tae Young, Mayor of Suwon City, Korea; JUNG, Seung-Bong, Deputy Mayor of Ansan City, Korea; António COSTA, Mayor of Lisbon City, Portugal; Franco CORRADINI, Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Italy; Katarina BERGGREN, Mayor of Botkyrka, Sweden.
The event was supported by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.