23rd Korea-Japan Forum

August 27–29, 2015
Seoul

The 23rd Korea-Japan Forum was held in Seoul on December 27–29, 2015, convening 50 participants from both countries, including influential politicians, businesspeople, scholars, journalists, and representatives of private exchange organizations. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Korea-Japan relations as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, discussion about how to deepen Korea-Japan relations over the next half-century featured prominently in each session.

In Session 1, participants spoke more candidly than ever before about issues that continue to trouble Korea-Japan relations, such as disputes over history and comfort women. Following that, participants discussed trends in China and North Korea, and in the final session they outlined Korea-Japan economic relations and grassroots exchanges, offering detailed recommendations on how to improve relations between the two countries. At a dinner reception that Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se hosted, he spoke optimistically about his impression that Korea-Japan relations are improving.

On the final day, 18 students from both countries were brought together for the inaugural Junior Korea-Japan Forum to discuss the future of Korea-Japan relations. The students concluded the forum with a resolve to work towards building friendly relations between the countries.

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August 27

Session I: Reviewing 50 Years of Korea-Japan Relations

  • Evaluating 50 years of Korea-Japan Relations
  • The Current State of Korea-Japan Relations and Remaining Challenges

Chair
WAKAMIYA Yoshibumi, Senior Fellow, JCIE
CHUNG Ku Chong, Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council
Panelists
OKONOGI Masao, Professor Emeritus, Keio University
JIN Chang-Soo, President, Sejong Institute

Dinner hosted by Korean chair, YU Myung Hwan

August 28

Session II: The State of Northeast Asian Relations and the Regional Security System

  • Regional Security: Korean and Japanese Policies
  • Korean and Japanese Strategic Responses to the Rise of China
  • Deciphering Conditions in North Korea

Chair
OKAWARA Akio, President, JCIE
PARK Joon-woo, Chairman, Sejong Institute; Former Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs

Panelists

TANAKA Hitoshi, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
KOKUBUN Ryosei, President, National Defense Academy of Japan
YUN Dukmin, Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
MOON Chung-in, Professor, Yonsei University

Session III: Forging New Relationships between Korea and Japan (PART 1)

  • Korea-Japan Economic Relations and Grassroots Exchanges

Chair
OKONOGI Masao, Professor Emeritus, Keio University
SHIM Kyu Sun, Associate Executive Director, Donga Ilbo

Panelists

TAKASUGI Nobuya, Senior Advisor, KIM&CHANG; Former Chairman, Fuji Xerox Korea Co., Ltd.
SHIN Kak-Soo, Former Ambassador to Japan

Session III: Forging New Relationships between Korea and Japan (PART 2)

Dinner hosted by YUN Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Proposal for Improving Relations

August 29

Session VI: Korea-Japan Junior Forum: Role of the Next Generation in the Future of Japan-Korea Relations

Chair
KOHARI Susumu, University of Shizuoka
CHANG Jekuk, President, Dongseo University

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

MOGI YUZABURO

Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation

PARTICIPANTS

BESSHO KORO

Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Korea

FUKAGAWA YUKIKO

Professor, Waseda University

HAKODA TETSUYA

Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun

HARUKI IKUMI

Associate Professor, Toyo Eiwa University

HIRAIWA SHUNJI

Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University

IDEISHI TADASHI

Executive Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

IIZUKA KEIKO

Editor, International News Department, Yomiuri Shimbun

KOHARI SUSUMU

Professor, University of Shizuoka

KOKUBUN RYOSEI

President, National Defense Academy of Japan

KORENAGA KAZUO

Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association

KURODA KATSUHIRO

Associate Editorial Writer in Seoul, Sankei Shimbun

MAEHARA SEIJI

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

NISHIKAWA MEGUMI

Invited Senior Editorial Writer, Mainichi Shimbun

OGURA KIZO

Professor, Kyoto University

OKAWARA AKIO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

OKONOGI MASAO

Professor Emeritus, Keio University

OKUBO KAZUTAKA

Senior Partner, Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

SAITO KEN

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

SOEYA YOSHIHIDE

Professor, Keio University

SUNOHARA TSUYOSHI

Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Newspaper; Secretary General for US-Japan Project (Mt. Fuji dialogue), Japan Center for Economic Research

TAKASUGI NOBUYA

Senior Advisor, Kim & Chang; Former Chairman, Fuji Xerox Korea, Co. Ltd.

TANAKA HITOSHI

Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

UEDA ISAMU

Member, House of Representatives (New Komeito)

WAKAMIYA YOSHIBUMI

Senior Fellow, JCIE; former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun

 

 

KOREAN PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YU MYUNG HWAN

Chairman, Sejong University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

PARTICIPANTS

AHN SE YOUNG

Chairperson, National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences

CHANG JEKUK

President, Dongseo University

CHOI HEE SIK

Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University

CHUNG KU CHONG

Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council

GONG RO MYUNG

Chairman, East Asia Foundation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

HONG JI YEUN

Lawyer, Kim & Chang

HWANG YOUNGSIK

Chief Editorial Writer, Hankkokilbo

JIN CHANG-SOO

President, The Sejong Institute

KIM BOO KYUM

Former Member of the National Assembly (New Politics Alliance for Democracy)

KIM JOON

President, Kyungbang Ltd.

KIM SE YEON

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

MOON CHUNG-IN

Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University

NA KYUNG-WON

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

OH TAI KYU

Chief Editorial Writer, Hankyoreh

PARK CHEOL HEE

Professor, Seoul National University; Director, Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU

PARK JOON-WOO

Chairman, Sejong Institute; Former Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs

SHIM KYU SUN

Associate Executive Director, Donga Ilbo

SHIM YOON-JOE

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

SHIN KAK-SOO

Director, Center for International Law, Korea National Diplomatic Academy; Former Ambassador to Japan

SONU JONG

International News Editor, Chosun Ilbo

SUH SEUNG WON

Director, Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University

YU HYUN-SEOK

President, Korea Foundation

YUN DUKMIN

Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy

YUN SUK-MYNN

Vice-chairman, SBS Media Holdings Ltd.

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