Foreign Ministers from China, South Korea and Japan have gathered in the ancient city of Kyoto amidst worries over the development of nuclear energy following last weeks accident in Fukushima Prefecture.
The three foreign ministers have paved the way for a trilateral summit scheduled for May this year.
It opened with a minute of silence for victims of the devastating earthquake.
Top diplomats from China, Japan and South Korea convened in ancient city of Kyoto, amidst fears of a potential nuclear disaster in eastern Japan.
Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto started the trilateral meeting by thanking his counterparts for extensive aid and assistance Seoul and Beijing have given to the disaster stricken nation.
It was a timely opportunity for the three nations to agree on joint cooperation on disaster management and nuclear safety.
And for the regional security and nuclear safety, North Korea's nuclear development program was on the top of the agenda.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yan Jiechi called for the resumption of the six-party talks stressing importance the 6-nation platform to solve the regional tensions.
Many Japanese feel the importance of the tri-national alliance to establish regional security in Northeast Asia.
"North Korea's nuclear issue is a real concern for us," said Fukuko Fuke, Chairman of AN I.T. Company. "We have to work to solve it quickly."
"The two countries sent swift support and rescue teams when we were in need," said Misato Furukawa, Office Worker. "It shows that we can all work together if and when we get together."
The three foreign ministers agree to pave their way further for deeper talks ahead of the trilateral summit scheduled in May.
Experts said although there are still hurdles ahead in solving bilateral issues, stronger ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing is important for regional safety and Asian economy.
(CNTV.cn March 19, 2011)