This weekend’s East Asia summit in Japan has offered China and South Korea a chance to display their solidarity with their neighbour, still struggling to recover from March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, was filmed on a visit to devastated Natori City, his head bowed in silent prayer to victims.
Like Lee, Chinese premier, Wen Jibao, met survivors at Fukushima City, near the nuclear plant crippled by the tsunami that followed the quake.
Recalling the work of Japanese emergency crews after the Sichuan quake in China in 2008, he reiterated China’s offer of help and the hope it would improve relations between the world’s second and third largest economies.
Disaster relief cooperation and nuclear safety will dominate talks. Before that the three men posed for one more picture for the press.
This time they were shown tucking in to cucumbers from the Fukushima region in an effort to show they are safe.
Many countries – including China – have restricted food from Japan over radiation fears.
China says it will ease those restrictions providing tests prove the goods are safe.