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Sep. 28, 2012
Association of Korea-Japan Theater Exchange 
In order to further develop on the ?Japan-Korea Theater People?s Conference? jointly organized by the Korean Theater Association and the Japan Directors Association for the purpose of promoting theater exchange between the two countries, the Japan-Korea Theater Communications Center (est. 2000) and the Association of Korea-Japan Theater Exchange (est. 2002) were established in Japan and the Republic of Korea respectively. The Association of Korea-Japan Theater Exchange in the ROK was established by a consortium of ROK theater organizations including the National Theater Association of Korea Inc., the Seoul Theater Association, the Seoul Theater Director?s Association, the International Association of Theater Critics-Korea, the Korea Association of Performing Arts Producers and other organizations. It engages in programs such as biennial publishing of collections of Japanese plays translated into Korean, organizing drama reading performances, symposiums, workshops and the like.
At the time of the founding of these two organizations they were mutually involved in presenting Korean plays in Japan and Japanese plays in the ROK starting with a six-year plan of three times each, but because of the very positive response of the theater world and the growth of the audience each year, the program was extended to its fifth holding in 2012, during which time the works of 25 Japanese playwrights were presented. This also led to a drama reading program becoming established in the ROK.
The playwrights and plays to be presented were selected in consultation with the Japan-Korea Theater Communications Center with candidates coming mainly from Japan?s representative playwrights but also with an active effort to include the works of young playwrights, from which the Korean theater organizations decide which works can be presented in the ROK. Of the works presented until now, plays such as Route 64, Annindofu no Kokoro, Kuyashii Onna and Oya no Kao ga Mitai have been especially well received by Korean audiences.
+A list of the dramas in the book “Japanese Contemporary Plays Collection 1” (2003)
Tatsuo Kaneshita, Route 64 (Translated by Juri Ishikawa)
Yoji Sakate, Emperor and Kiss (Translated by Lee Hea-joung)
Ai Nagai, Konnichiwa Ka-san (Hallo Mom) (Translated by Park Hea-son)
Masataka Matsuda, Silence and Light (Translated by Song Son-ho)
Akio Miyazawa, Hinemi (Translated by Park Tea-gyu)

+A list of the dramas in the book “Japanese Contemporary Plays Collection 2” (2005)
Hisashi Inoue, Taiko tataite, Fue fuite (Translated by Park Tea-gyu)
Juro Kara, Doro Ningyo (Translated by Ko Joung-un)
Kunio Shimizu, Karasu yo, Oretachi wa Dangan o komeru (Hey Crow, We load the bullet) (Translated by Juri Ishikawa)
Wishing Chong, Annin dofu no kokoro (Heart of Almond Jelly) (Translated by Lee Hea-joung)
Minoru Betsuyaku, Ki ni Hana saku (Flower blooms in the tree) (Translated by Myoung Jin-suk)

+A list of the dramas in the book “Japanese Contemporary Plays Collection 3” (2007)
Ryo Iwamatsu, Hato wo kau Shimai (Sisters keeping a pigeon) (Translated by Lee Hea-joung)
Hideo Tsuchida, Kuyashii Onna (Frustrated woman) (Translated by Juri Ishikawa)
Keishi Nagatsuka, LAST SHOW (Translated by Park Tea-gyu)
Hideki Noda, Pandora’s Bell (Translated by Myoung Jin-suk)
Suzuki Matsuo, Heaven’s Sign (Translated by Hong Son-young)

+A list of the dramas in the book “Japanese Contemporary Plays Collection 4” (2010)
Toshiki Okada, Five Days in March (Translated by Juri Ishikawa)
Takeshi Kawamura, The Shinjuku Version of The Tale of Eight Dogs (Translated by Myoung Jin-suk)
Shuji Terayama, La Marie Vison (Translated by Hong Son-young)
Nozomi Makino, Tokyo Atomic Klub (Translated by Lee Hea-joung)
Tetsu Yamazaki, The Legend of Pisces (Translated by Park Tea-gyu)

+A list of the dramas in the book “Japanese Contemporary Plays Collection 5” (2012)
Kunio Kishida, Old Toys (Translated by Ma Joung-hee)
Seigo Hatasawa, Oya no Kao ga Mitai (I’d like to see the faces of such parents) (Translated by Noriko Kimura/Lee Song-gon)
Ryuta Hourai, Tsumi (Guilt) (Translated by Lee Hea-joung)
Tomohiro Maekawa, Plankton no Odoriba (Floor of A Plankton) (Translated by Juri Ishikawa)
Eri Watanabe, Kitaro the Ghost-buster (Translated by Lee Hong-lee)
 
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