The three countries of China, Japan, and the ROK share a common cultural root but each country has developed its own unique culture based on its long history. Cultural traditions are valuable intellectual properties and spiritual foundations of the three countries and have greatly contributed to the cultural development in Asia and around the world. Today, culture is an indispensable bridge that connects countries and people around the world and strengthens ties. Recognizing the value of culture and the need to make joint efforts to protect and develop their own cultural traditions, the three governments established the Trilateral Culture Ministers’ Meeting (TCMM) in 2007 to promote the peaceful coexistence, stability and prosperity utilizing culture as a bridge. Main agendas of the Meeting include the protection and transmission of cultural heritage, exchanges among cultural institutions and artists, culture industry cooperation and protection of intellectual property rights. To further strengthen and institutionalize culture cooperation, the three countries have initiated various projects mechanisms under the framework of TCMM such as the East Asian Cultural Cities (EACC) Program, the Trilateral Cultural Content Industry Forum, and the Trilateral Meeting of the Directors of National Museums.
The TCS has been enlarging its contributions to the major initiatives of the TCMM, including its continued support for the East Asian Cultural Cities (EACC) Program, and its participation in the Trilateral Meeting of the Directors of National Museums and the Trilateral Culture Contents Industry Forum.