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Why Turkey and Japan should collaborate more?

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Turkish people have positive views on Japanese people and culture as they find it both similar and exotic at the same time. According to a public survey in Turkey conducted by the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 2012, 83.2 percent of respondents said relations between Japan and Turkey are “friendly” or “almost friendly.” However, due to the huge physical distance between the two countries I believe that our relations have not been close enough to realize the full potential of what these two countries can achieve if they collaborate.

Relations between the two countries started in the 19th century. A foundational event occurred in 1890, when the Turkish frigate Ertuğrul sank off the coast of Wakayama, Japan, after having an audience with Emperor Meiji. The surviving sailors were taken back to Istanbul by two Japanese frigates. A monument commemorating the Ottoman sailors has been erected in Kushimoto of Wakayama Prefecture,........

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