Friendship tournament between Japanese and South Korean politicians to resume

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A photo from the 2006 edition of the tournament at Jeonju WC Stadium

A friendship tournament contested by teams made up of Japanese and South Korean politicians will take place in Seoul in June, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported on Friday.

The yearly tournament began in 1998, but has not been held in 2006 after relations between the two countries deteriorated.

The competition’s resumption was revealed by Ichiro Aisawa, general secretary of the Japanese Diet’s Football Diplomacy Committee.

“It’s been a long time and we want to make a strong team,” Aisawa told reporters.

According to officials in both countries, the participation of South Korean president Park Geun-hye is being considered in an effort to encourage improvement in the 2002 World Cup co-hosts’ relationship.