Morteza Rahmani Movahed made the remarks in a meeting with Chairman of Tokai-Iran Friendship Association Masaaki Kanda, IRNA wrote.
He appreciated efforts made by Tokai-Iran Friendship Association and Kanda for introducing Iranian art and culture.
Rahmani Movahed also pointed to cultural commonalities as a strong reason for developing ties between two countries.
Iranian envoy described the role of cultural officials and researchers as influential and constructive in establishing friendly interactions among countries.
Kanda elaborated on the association's activities in recent years and added that cultural associations will open a new horizon for relations and promote relations between Iranian and Japanese people.
Pointing to the upcoming 90th anniversary of Iran-Japan diplomatic ties, he invited Iranian ambassador to visit an exhibition of works by Iranian and Japanese artists.