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Korea-Japan Forum

20th Meeting
December 20–22, 2012

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.

Agenda

Thursday, December 20

Dinner hosted by Foreign Minister GEMBA Koichiro

Friday, December 21

Opening Remarks

  • MOGI Yuzaburo, Japanese Chair
  • GONG Ro Myung, Korean Chair
  • SHIBUSAWA Ken, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
  • KIM Woosang, 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

  • SOEYA Yoshihide, Professor, Keio University; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University
  • MOON Chung-in, Professor, 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

  • KORENAGA Kazuo, Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association; Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Co-operation Foundation
  • JUNG Ku-Hyun, 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

  • OKAMURA Kunio, Senior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • KIM Eun Mee, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

Dinner hosted by Japanese Chair, MOGI Yuzaburo

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

  • KOSAKA Kenji, Member, House of Councillors (LDP)
  • HOSOYA Yuichi, Professor, Keio University
  • NAM Kyung-Pil, Member of the National Assembly
  • LEE Nak-Yon Member of the National Assembly
  • PARK Cheol Hee, Professor, Seoul National University; Director of Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU

Luncheon hosted by the Steering Committee of the "Korea-Japan Forum in Kyushu"

  • ISHIHARA Susumu, Steering Committee Chair; Chairman, Kyushu Railway Company
  • ASO Wataru, Former Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture; President, Fukuoka Airport Building Co., Ltd.

Wrap-Up Sesssion: 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

  • WAKAMIYA Yoshibumi, Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun
  • AHN Byung-joon, Visiting Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Member of the Korean National Academy of Sciences

Closing Remarks by the Co-Chairs



Participants

Japanese Participants

[Chairman]
MOGI Yuzaburo Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation
[Participants]
ASO Wataru Former Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture; President, Fukuoka Airport Building Co., Ltd.
CHINO Keiko Contributing Editor, Sankei Shimbun
FUKAGAWA Yukiko Professor, Waseda University
FUKUYAMA Tetsuro Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party of Japan: DPJ)
HOSOYA Yuichi Professor, Keio University
IDEISHI Tadashi Executive Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
ISHIHARA Susumu Chairman, Kyushu Railway Company
KAWASAKI Takao President and Representative Director, The Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd.
KOBAYAKAWA Akinori Chairman, Fukuoka Association of Independent Entrepreneurs
KOHARI Susumu Professor, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka
KORENAGA Kazuo Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association; Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Co-operation Foundation
KOSAKA Kenji Member, House of Councillors (LDP); Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
MAEHARA Seiji Minister for National Policy; Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)
MUTO Masatoshi Former Japanese Ambassador to South Korea
NAGAMORI Yoshitaka President & Chief Executive Officer, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corp.
NEMOTO Seiki Senior Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun
NISHIKAWA Megumi Senior Editorial Writer, Mainichi Newspapers
OKAMURA Kunio Senior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
OKONOGI Masao Research Professor, Kyushu University; Professor Emeritus, Keio University
SHIBUSAWA Ken President & CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
SOEYA Yoshihide Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University
TANAKA Hitoshi Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
WAKAMIYA Yoshibumi Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun
YAMAKUCHI Masanori Deputy Editor, Asia and Oceania Department, Editorial Bureau, Nikkei, Inc.
YAMAOKA Kunihiko Vice Chairman of Editorial Board, Yomiuri Shimbun
 

Korean Participants

[Chairman]
GONG Ro-myung Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chairman, Korea-Japan Forum
[Participants]
AHN Byung-joon Visiting Professor of International Relations, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
AHN Choong Young Foreign Investment Ombudsman
CHANG Je-kuk President, Dongseo University
CHEON Seongwhun Director, Center for North Korean Studies, Korea Institute for National Unification
CHO Seok-rai Chairman, Hyosung Group
CHOUNG Byoung-Gug Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
CHUNG Jae-jeong Professor, University of Seoul; Former President, the Northeast Asian History Foundation
CHUNG Ku-chong Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council; Chairman of the Korea-Japan South Korea Forum
JIN Chang-soo Director, Japan Center, the Sejong Institute
JUNG Ku-Hyun Visiting Professor, College of Business, KAIST
KIL Jeong-Woo Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
KIM Eun Mee Dean and Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University
KIM Se Yeon Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
KIM Woosang President of the Korea Foundation
KIM Young Hie Editor-at-Large, JoongAng Ilbo
LEE Dong-kwan Ambassador for Press & Cultural Cooperation
LEE Kyung-soo Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Japan
LEE Nak-yon Member of the National Assembly (Democratic United Party)
LEE Won-deog Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University
MOON Chung-in Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University
Nam Kyun-pil Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
OH Tai-kyu Editorial Writer, Hankyoreh Daily
PARK Cheol-hee Professor, Seoul National University; Director, Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU
PARK Joon-woo Former Ambassador to the European Union
SHIM Kyu Sun Associate Executive Director, Dong-a Ilbo
SHIN Kak-soo Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Japan
YIM Sung-joon Senior Advisor, Lee International IP & Law Group; Former President of the Korea Foundation
YU Myung Hwan Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Senior Advisor, Kim & Chang Law Firm
YUN Duk-min Professor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy