Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said on Friday that "Japan Year 2010 in Turkey" would contribute to universal world peace.

"2010 Japan Year in Turkey" will take place to mark 120th anniversary of Turkish-Japanese relations.

Speaking at a meeting organized to promote the activities that would take place within the scope of "2010 Japan Year in Turkey", Gunay said Istanbul would be the European Capital of Culture in 2010, and noted that activities to mark 2010 Japan Year in Turkey would add colors to the other activities.

Gunay said the activities would take place in several provinces of Turkey like Izmir, Mersin, Ankara, Safranbolu and Kaman as well as Istanbul.

Gunay said the activities would start on January 4, 2010 with a ceremony that would take place in Turkish-Japanese Foundation Culture Center in Ankara.