MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korean, Chinese and Japanese culture ministers agreed on Sunday to work toward holding "Cultural Olympics" with the participation of artists from the three countries, local media reported, citing Seoul officials.
According to the Yonhap news agency, the idea was proposed by South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Kim Jong-deok to Japan's culture minister and China's vice culture minister. The event is expected to be timed for Summer and Winter Olympics set to be held in the three countries in 2018, 2020 and 2022.
The three officials of the Asian nations reportedly agreed to make efforts to increase the awareness of the East Asia culture in the world through the event.
South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, as Japan will welcome the Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020. Two years after that, Beijing is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.