Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson extolled the values Japan shares with the Vatican, during an international symposium in Tokyo on Saturday. The symposium was hosted by Tokyo's Sophia University to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Vatican, as well as the university's centennial. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, delivered the keynote address. “Over these decades, the Holy See’s diplomatic relations with Japan have been marked by mutual respect and a common desire to foster peace and reconciliation in global affairs,” he said. “Based on its own experience of suffering, as well as its cultural emphasis on social harmony, Japan has promoted multilateralism and peaceful cooperation among nations. This commitment echoes that of the Holy See, which has long dedicated itself to the cause of world peace.” Also featured at the symposium were lectures by John Chathanatt (SJ), director of the Indian Social Institute in Delhi, and Kagefumi Ueno, former Japanese ambassador to the Holy See.