Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday that relations between Turkey and Japan needed to be improved in every field.
Addressing the "Ceremony to Mark Japanese-Turkish Friendship" held at the Ciragan Palace within the scope of "2010, Year of Japan Events in Turkey" announced by Japanese government, Gul said Turkish Year was organized in Japan in 2003.
"Japan will be promoted in the best way in Turkey this year. Both countries have sympathy and friendship to each other. Turkey attaches importance to improving political, economic and commercial relations and boosting cultural activities," Gul said and referred to his formal visit to Japan in 2008.
"Relations between the two countries need to be improved. There is a very big potential between Turkey and Japan. There are many areas of investment. Turkey provides investment opportunities to Japanese companies," Gul said.
Japanese Prince Mikasa said friendship relations between Turkey and Japan started with Ertugrul frigate disaster and Japanese people who remained helpless in Tehran during Iran-Iraq war were taken by a plane with the directives of the then Turkish President Turgut Ozal.
Prior to the ceremony, Gul and Tomohito Mikasa visited "Ecocar Exhibition".