"You are very fortunate to have a collection of historical archives," Ishii said after listening to an explanation from the CEO of ANTARA, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, here on Wednesday.
The Japanese ambassador visited Pasar Baru to discuss a photo exhibition which is planned to be held with ANTARA in order to commemorate 60 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Japan.
On the visit Ishii and Minister Keiichi Ono and the Director of the Information and Culture Center, Ryo Nakamura, read the reproduction of "Djawa Shinbun" or "Javanese newspaper".
Djawa Shimbun was a Japanese language newspaper of the Asahi Shinbun group which was published in Jakarta during the Japanese occupation in 1943-1945.
"This collection is very important to be showcased to the people of Indonesia and Japan to show that the two nations share history," Ishii said.
During the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Indonesian News Agency` CEO and the Embassy of Japan agreed to hold a joint exhibition in September 2018.
According to ANTARA`s CEO, the photographs to be exhibited include the Japanese media archive in Indonesia during the occupation period of 1943-1945 and IPPHOS (Indonesia Press Photo Service) archive. There will be a collaboration of ANTARA and Japanese photographers as well.