By Mei Jingya, Sina English
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak exchanged advice Monday on remaining "mature" and "coolheaded" over the territorial row that has soured relations.
The South Korea-Japan Cooperation Committee on Monday held an annual meeting in a Seoul hotel, according to a Jiji report. Noda and Lee, both absent, had their written statements read out at the meeting and did not directly address the Dokdo dispute.
"From a broad perspective and based on the idea of taking a coolheaded approach, Japan and Korea must make efforts to build a stable relationship," Noda said in his written remarks.
In his statement, Lee stressed the need to build "a mature partnership . . . with the courage and wisdom to look squarely at history and sincere action backing it up."
The South Korea-Japan Cooperation Committee reportedly consists of political and business leaders from the two countries.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso attended the event in Seoul. He was expected to meet S.Korean president as earlier reported by Japanese media.