24th Korea-Japan Forum

August 24–26, 2016
Tokyo

The 24th Korea-Japan Forum was held in Tokyo on August 24–26, 2016, convening 50 participants from both countries, including influential politicians, businesspeople, scholars, journalists, and representatives of private exchange organizations.

Discussions were held on the themes of “Japan-Korea grassroots/citizen exchange,” “Japanese and Korean foreign policy and security policy,” “Japan-Korea economic cooperation in the context of current international conditions,” and “what strategic interests do Japan and Korea share?” Following the meeting, a chairmen’s statement was released that reflected the discussions in each session and proposed a number of recommendations such as cooperation in light of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Winter 2019 in Korea and Summer 2020 in Tokyo, and the establishment of regular Japan-Korea summits along the lines of those created by the Élysée Treaty signed by France and Germany in the 1960s.

This year marked the inauguration of a new tradition, the Korea-Japan Forum Award, to be given to individuals and institutions that have made notable contributions to Korea-Japan relations. The first award was given posthumously to Yoshibumi Wakamiya (former editor-in-chief, Asahi Shimbun; former senior fellow, JCIE), who had been deeply involved in the work of the Korea-Japan Forum since its inception. During this year’s forum, the award was presented to Mr. Wakamiya’s wife and son.

On the final day, 21 students from both countries were brought together for the 2nd Korea-Japan Junior Forum. The students broke into three groups for frank exchanges of opinion, and concluded the forum with a promise to work to build friendly relations between the countries.

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Erize joyaku no chie” [The wisdom of the Élysée Treaty] (Mainichi Shimbun, August 26, 2016 (in Japanese))

About the Korea-Japan Forum

The Korea-Japan Forum was initiated in November 1993 during a summit meeting between South Korean President Kim Young-sam and Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, where they called for the formation of a new, forward-looking relationship between the two countries. The forum is designed to address common issues and this continuing dialogue has played a critical role in promoting mutual understanding and expanding the network of cooperative relationships between the two countries. JCIE and the Korea Foundation serve as the secretariats. The forum takes place annually and is held alternately in Korea and Japan.

August 24

Session I: Korea-Japan Grassroots/Citizen Exchange

  • Strategies for expanding the flow of grassroots/citizen exchanges

  • The role of organizations promoting Korea-Japan exchange and ways to strengthen them

  • Initiatives for promoting trilateral exchange between Korea, Japan, and China Cooperation in the context of the upcoming Olympics

Moderator

KOHARI SUSUMU, Professor, University of Shizuoka

Panelists

SUH SEUNG WON, Director, Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University
MATSUYAMA RYOICHI, President, Japan National Tourism Organization

Dinner hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

August 25

Session II: Japanese and Korean Foreign and Security Policy

  • Creating a Japan, South Korea, US, China framework to respond to North Korea

  • The new US administration and Northeast Asia policy

  • The rise of China and the implications for maritime security

Moderator

CHANG JEKUK, President, Dongseo University

Panelists

JIN CHANG-SOO, President, Sejong Institute
TANAKA HITOSHI, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Special Session: 1st Korea-Japan Forum Award Ceremony and Lecture

Emcee

IOKIBE MAKOTO [Japanese Chair]

Presenter

YU MYUNG HWAN [Korean Chair]

Tributes

CHUNG KU CHONG, Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council
OKONOGI MASAO, Professor Emeritus, Keio University

Session III: Japan-Korea Economic Cooperation in the Context of the Current International Conditions

  • China’s economy and changes in the global economic environment

  • Constructing the framework for trade and commerce in East Asia—TPP, RCEP, etc.

  • New directions in Korea-Japan economic cooperation

Moderator

KORENAGA KAZUO, Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association

Panelists

AHN SE YOUNG, Chairperson, National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
FUKAGAWA YUKIKO, Professor, Waseda University

August 25

Session VI: Session IV: Wrap-Up—What Strategic Interests Do Japan and Korea Share?

  • Common political, economic, and cultural interests

  • Shared strategic interests within the East Asian framework

  • Wrap-up discussion in preparation for chairmen’s statement

Moderator

SHIM KYU SUN, Associate Executive Director, Donga Ilbo

Panelists

YUN DUKMIN, Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
SOEYA YOSHIHIDE, Professor, Keio University

Closing Ceremony—Special Remarks: “Rememberances of the Creation of the Korea-Japan Forum and its Relevance Today”

OWADA HISASHI, Judge, International Court of Justice; 1st Japanese Chairman, Korea-Japan Forum

Side Event: 2nd Korea-Japan Junior Forum

Moderators

OGURA KIZO, Professor, Kyoto University
PARK CHEOL HEE, Professor, Seoul National University; Director, Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU

Participants

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from Japan and Korea

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

IOKIBE MAKOTO

Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto; former President, National Defense Academy

SPECIAL PARTICIPANT

OWADA HISASHI

Judge, International Court of Justice; 1st Japanese Chairman, Korea-Japan Forum

PARTICIPANTS

ASO YUTAKA

Chairman, Aso Cement Co.; Vice-Chairman, Japan-Korea Economic Association

CHINO KEIKO

Contributing Editor, Sankei Shimbun

FUKAGAWA YUKIKO

Professor, Waseda University

FUKUYAMA TETSURO

Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party:DP)

HAKODA TETSUYA

Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun

HASHIMOTO KEIICHIRO

Executive Vice President, COO, Shioyatochi Co.

HAYASHI YOSHIMASA

Member, House of Councilors (Liberal Democratic Party: LDP)

HIRAIWA SHUNJI

Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University

IDEISHI TADASHI

Executive Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

IKEDA MOTOHIRO

Deputy Chief Editorial Writer, NIKKEI Inc.

KOHARI SUSUMU

Professor, University of Shizuoka

KOIZUMI SHINICHI

Senior Advisor, Toray Industries, Inc.; Vice-Chairman, Japan-Korea Economic Association

KORENAGA KAZUO

Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association

MAEHARA SEIJI

Member, House of Representatives (DP)

MATSUYAMA RYOICHI

President, Japan National Tourism Organization

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

SAITO KEN

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishers

SOEYA YOSHIHIDE

Professor, Keio University

TANAKA HITOSHI

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

TOKUCHI TATSUHITO

Senior Fellow, Rebuild Japan Initiative

TOYOURA JUNICHI

Deputy Editor, International News Department, Yomiuri Shimbun

UEDA ISAMU

Member, House of Representatives (Komeito)

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

Assistant Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University

CHUNG JAE JEONG

Professor, University of Seoul

CHUNG KU CHONG

Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council

GONG RO MYUNG

Chairman, East Asia Foundation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

HWANG YOUNGSIK

Chief Editorial Writer, Hankook Ilbo

JIN CHANG-SOO

President, Sejong Institute

KIM JOON

President, Kyungbang Ltd.

KIM SE YEON

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

LEE SIHYUNG

President, Korea Foundation

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

Editor Writer, Chosun Ilbo

SUH SEUNG WON

Director, Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University

YUN DUKMIN

Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy

YUN SUK-MYNN

Vice-chairman, SBS Media Holdings Ltd.

OBSERVER

KANG HYOSANG

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

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