On April 26, 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with Tang Jiaxuan, president of the China-Japan Friendship Association in Tokyo.
During the meeting, Noda said China's development is an opportunity for Japan and the international community. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of the Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations, which is of great significance to the development of bilateral ties. Japan is willing to work with China to improve political mutual trust, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. Noda also noted that Japan will promptly implement important consensus with Chinese leaders reached during his visit to China last year and push forward strategic and reciprocal relations between the two countries.
Tang said, the relationship between China and Japan maintains a good momentum for improvement and development. Under the new situation, Sino-Japanese relationship is facing new development opportunities and its importance has become more prominent. China has attached great importance to the bilateral ties, and maintained the policy of Sino-Japanese friendship. In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations, China is willing to work together with Japan for activities marking the year of exchanges and friendship between Chinese and Japanese nationals and for enhanced dialogue, communication and cooperation in all fields and at all levels. He urged both sides to eliminate interference and promote healthy and stable development of Sino-Japanese relations.
Tang arrived in Japan on April 22 for his good-will visit at the invitation of seven Japan-China friendship groups in Japan and the Japanese executive committee for the year of exchanges and friendship between Chinese and Japanese nationals.