Title : THE 30TH ANNIVERARY OF NORMALIZATION OF THE KOREA-JAPAN RELATIONS
Joint issue date by Japan & Korea. See MICHEL's Japan# 2363; and Scott's Japan# 2510.
Stamp Serial#
1847 
KPC#
C-1399 
MICHEL#
1871 
StanGib#
2183 
Scott#
1837 
Date of Issue
12/18/1995 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
420 won 
Design
The Miroku Bosatsu, Koryuji,Kyoto 
Designer
Kim Im-yong 
Image Area
22mm*32mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 10(5*2) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
December 18,1995 marks the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Korea and Japan.

Joint issue date by Japan & Korea. See MICHEL's Japan# 2363; and Scott's Japan# 2510.

Korea and Japan formally signed the Korea-Japan Basic Relations Treaty on June 22, 1965, and normalized their relations on December 18,1965 with the votes by the parliaments of both countries. Three decades since, the two countries have promoted mutual exchanges on all fronts, including the political, economic, culture, and social.

On the economic front, Korea's trade volume with Japan tailied $38.9 billion in 1994, a figure far higher than the meager $200 million in 1965, and accounted for about 20 percent of its total trade volume. In terms of social exchange, the past 30 years have seen a sharp increase from the involvement of 10,000 people in 1965 to that of more than 2.7 million in 1994. Thus, Korea and Japan have sought to foster a bilateral friendship and goodwill. The foreign ministers of the two countries, on January 10, 1991, signed a memorandum of understanding to improve the legal statue of the 688,000- Korean contingent residing in Japan and to abolish discrimination against them. Looking back on the bilateral relations during the past three decades, now is the time to reassert and reinforce the roles and responsibilities that the two countries will assume in the upcoming Asia-Pacific era of the 21st century.

The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp featuring the "Miroku Bosatsu (Sanskrit: Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future)", housed in Koryuji, Kyoto, in collaboration with Japan, in hopes that the 30th anniversary will serve as further inspiration for the two countries to forge a strenthened, future-oriented bilateral relationship through the promotion of substantive exchanges and cooperation.