20th Korea-Japan Forum

December 20–22, 2012
Tokyo

The 20th Korea-Japan Forum was held in Tokyo on December 20–22, 2012, convening 57 participants from the two countries in Tokyo. It opened with a dinner hosted by Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba. In sessions held on December 21, the Korean and Japanese participants exchanged views on the role of Korea-Japan cooperation in facing security issues in northeast Asia, global economic challenges, and cross-border issues such as disaster relief. In view of the recent elections in both countries, the morning session on December 22 was then devoted to updates by politicians and political analysts from both countries on the new governments and likely foreign policy approaches that both countries would see. The wrap-up session that afternoon commemorated the 20th anniversary of the forum and focused on overcoming the various challenges facing bilateral ties and reconstructing a future-oriented Korea-Japan relationship.

At the end of the forum, a joint statement (Japanese only) was issued to further strengthen and ensure a mature bilateral relationship between Korea and Japan, which share so many common values and interests.

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 was modeled after the Shimoda Conference (a private forum on bilateral relations established in 1967 and cosponsored by JCIE) and was designed to address common issues and challenges that the two neighboring countries will face in coming years. 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.

Leading citizens from Japan and Korea in the fields of politics, government, business, academia, the nonprofit sector, and media attended the first forum in Seoul on December 57, 1993. Since then, the forum has taken place annually and is held alternately in Korea and Japan.

Korean Participants

Chairman

Ro-myung Gong

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chairman, Korea-Japan Forum

Byung-joon Ahn

Visiting Professor of International Relations, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Choong Young Ahn

Foreign Investment Ombudsman

Je-kuk Chang

President, Dongseo University

Seongwhun Cheon

Director, Center for North Korean Studies, Korea Institute for National Unification

Seok-rai Cho

Chairman, Hyosung Group

Byoung-Gug Choung

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

Jae-jeong Chung

Professor, University of Seoul; Former President, the Northeast Asian History Foundation

Ku-chong Chung

Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council; Chairman of the Korea-Japan South Korea Forum

Chang-soo Jin

Director, Japan Center, the Sejong Institute

Ku-Hyun Jung

Visiting Professor, College of Business, KAIST

Jeong-Woo Kil

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

Eun Mee Kim

Dean and Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

Se Yeon Kim

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

Woosang Kim

President of the Korea Foundation

Young Hie Kim

Editor-at-Large, JoongAng Ilbo

Dong-kwan Lee

Ambassador for Press & Cultural Cooperation

Kyung-soo Lee

Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Japan

Nak-yon Lee

Member of the National Assembly (Democratic United Party)

Won-deog Lee

Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University

Chung-in Moon

Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University

Kyun-pil Nam

Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)

Tai-kyu Oh

Editorial Writer, Hankyoreh Daily

Cheol-hee Park

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

Joon-woo Park

Former Ambassador to the European Union

Kyu Sun Shim

Associate Executive Director, Dong-a Ilbo

Kak-soo Shin

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan

Sung-joon Yim

Senior Advisor, Lee International IP & Law Group; Former President of the Korea Foundation

Myung Iwan Yu

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Senior Advisor, Kim & Chang Law Firm

Duk-min Yun

Professor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy

Japanese Participants

Yuzaburo Mogi

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

Aso Wataru

Former Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture; President, Fukuoka Airport Building Co., Ltd.

Keiko Chino

Contributing Editor, Sankei Shimbun

Yukiko Fukagawa

Professor, Waseda University

Tetsuro Fukuyama

Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party of Japan, DPJ)

Yuichi Hosoya

Professor, Keio University

Tadashi Ideishi

Executive Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Susumu Ishihara

Chairman, Kyushu Railway Company

Takao Kawasaki

President and Representative Director, The Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd.

Akinori Kobayakawa

Chairman, Fukuoka Association of Independent Entrepreneurs

Susumu Kohari

Professor, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka

Kazuo Korenaga

Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association; Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Co-operation Foundation

Kenji Kosaka

Member, House of Councillors (LDP); Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Seiji Maehara

Minister for National Policy; Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)

Masatoshi Muto

Former Japanese Ambassador to South Korea

Yoshitaka Nagamori

President & Chief Executive Officer, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corp.

Seiki Nemoto

Senior Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun

Megumi Nishikawa

Senior Editorial Writer, Mainichi Newspapers

Kunio Okamura

Senior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Masao Okonogi

Research Professor, Kyushu University; Professor Emeritus, Keio University

Ken Shibusawa

President & CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Yoshihide Soeya

Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University

Hitoshi Tanaka

Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Yoshibumi Wakamiya

Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun

Masanori Yamakuchi

Deputy Editor, Asia and Oceania Department, Editorial Bureau, Nikkei, Inc.

Kunihiko Yamaoka

Vice Chairman of Editorial Board, Yomiuri Shimbun

Thursday, December 20

Dinner hosted by Foreign Minister, Koichiro Gemba

Friday, December 21

Opening Remarks
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japanese Chair
Ro Myung Gong, Korean Chair
Ken Shibusawa, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Woosang Kim, President, Korea Foundation

Session I: Security Issues in Northeast Asia: Korea-Japan and China-Japan Relations, Leadership Transitions, and the Impact on the Region
The Impact of Leadership Changes in Regional Powers (including Kim Jong-il’s Death) on East Asian Security and the Regional Roles of Korea and Japan
China’s Growing Military Strength, China-Japan Tensions and the US Pivot to Asia
Yoshihide SoeyaProfessor, Keio University; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University
Chung-in MoonProfessor, Yonsei University

Session II: Korea-Japan Partnership in a Globalized Economy 
Korea-Japan Economic Partnership in Third Countries
Implications of China’s Economic Growth for Korea and Japan
Korean and Japanese Approaches To EPA/FTA/TPP and the Future Outlook for Economic Cooperation
The Prospects for Korea-Japan Economic Cooperation, the Korea-Japan Strait Economic Zone, and Economic Growth in Both Countries
Kazuo Korenaga, Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association; Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Co-operation Foundation
Ku-Hyun Jung, Visiting Professor, College of Business, KAIST

Session III: Realizing a New Era of Korea-Japan Partnership: Approaches to Global Issues and Domestic Challenges
Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Disaster Relief Coordination
Prospects for Korea-Japan Cooperation in Developing Countries
Kunio OkamuraSenior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Eun Mee KimDean and Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

Dinner hosted by Japanese Chair, Yuzaburo Mogi

Saturday, December 22

Session IV: Political Change in Korea and Japan: The Outlook for Korea- Japan Partnership
The Korean Presidential Election, Japan’s Lower House Election, and the Implications for External Relations
Kenji Kosaka, Member, House of Councillors (LDP)
Yuichi Hosoya, Professor, Keio University
Kyung-Pil Nam, Member of the National Assembly
Nak-Yon Lee, Member of the National Assembly
Cheol Hee Park, Professor, Seoul National University; Director of Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU

Luncheon hosted by the Steering Committee of the “Korea-Japan Forum in Kyushu”
Susumu IshiharaSteering Committee Chair; Chairman, Kyushu Railway Company
Wataru AsoFormer Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture; President, Fukuoka Airport Building Co., Ltd.

Wrap-Up Session: 20th Anniversary of the Korea-Japan Forum: Managing Crisis and Reconstructing a Future-Oriented Korea-Japan Relationship
Overcoming the Crisis in Korea-Japan Relations and Focusing on the Future
What Role for the Korea-Japan Forum on its 20th Anniversary
Yoshibumi Wakamiya, Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun
Byung-joon Ahn, Visiting Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Member of the Korean National Academy of Sciences

Closing Remarks by the Co-Chairs

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