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Korea-Japan Forum

22nd Meeting
Fukuoka, Japan
August 7–9, 2014



The 22nd Korea-Japan Forum, co-organized by JCIE and the Korea Foundation, concluded on Saturday, August 9th, with the issuance of a joint statement that calls for the creation of a “new win-win relationship” that would promote peace and prosperity in the two countries and the region. With next year marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties, and recognizing the current worrisome state of the relationship, the participants called for renewed efforts by both governments and their people to resolve the historical disputes; a resumption of bilateral dialogue at all levels; and an expansion of economic, cultural, and grassroots exchanges. There was a consensus among those gathered at the forum that while history cannot be forgotten, neither should we be bound by it. With that spirit in mind, the two countries must build a strong, strategic partnership to help lead East Asia forward.

>> 2014 Fukuoka Joint Statement (Japanese | Korean)


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, August 7

Opening Remarks

  • MOGI Yuzaburo, Japanese Chair
  • YU Myung Hwan, Korean Chair
  • ISHIHARA Susumu, Chair, Welcoming Committee for the Korea-Japan Forum in Kyushu

Session I: The Prospects for Domestic Politics in Korea and Japan 

  • SHIM Yoon-joe, Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
  • HASHIMOTO Goro, Political Commentator, Senior Columnist, Yomiuri Newspaper

Session II: Northeast Asian Relations and the Role of the United States

  • KIM Tae-Hyo, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Sungkyunkwan University
  • SUNOHARA Tsuyoshi, Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.; Secretary-General for US-Japan Project, Japan Center for Economic Research

Welcome Reception Hosted by the Welcoming Committee for the Korea-Japan Forum in Kyushu

Friday, August 8

Session III: The Deterioration of Public Sentiment in Both Japan and Korea—Shifts in Public Opinion and the Media

  • SHIM Kyu Sun, Editor-at-large, Donga Ilbo
  • KOHARI Susumu, Professor, University of Shizuoka

Luncheon hosted by Fukuoka Prefecture

Sesssion IV: The East Asian Economy and Korea-Japan Relations

  • AHN Se Young, Chairperson, National Research Council For Economics, Humanities And Social Sciences
  • KOIZUMI Shinichi, Senior Advisor, Toray Industries, Inc.; Vice-Chairman, Japan-Korea Economic Association

Session V: Wrap-up Session: How Should We Welcome the 50th Anniversary of the Normalization of Korea-Japan Relations?

  • LEE Won Deog , Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University
  • OGURA Kazuo, Former Japanese Ambassador to Korea

Dinner hosted by Japanese Chair, MOGI Yuzaburo

Saturday, August 9

Session VI: A New Era Created through Korea-Japan Local Exchange—Case Study of Fukuoka-Pusan Exchange

  • CHANG Jekuk、President, Dongseo University
  • ISHIHARA Susumu, Senior Executive Advisor, Kyushu Railway Company

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

Luncheon Hosted by the Kyushu Railway Company


Participants

Korean Participants

[Chairman]
YU Myung Hwan

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

[Honorary Advisor]
GONG Ro-myung Chairman, ast Asia Foundation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
[Participants]
AHN Byung-joon Chairperson, National Research Council For Economics, Humanities And Social Sciences
CHANG Jekuk President, Dongseo University
CHUNG Jae Jeong Professor, Department of Korean History, University of Seoul
CHUNG Ku Chong Chairman, Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Council
HONG Ji Yeun Lawyer, Kim & Chang
JIN Chang-Soo Director, Japan Center, Sejong Institute
KIM Kyoung Tae International News Editor, MBC
KIM Se Yeon Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
KIM Tae-Hyo Professor, Department of Political Science, Sungkyunkwan University
KIM Tae-whan Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
LEE Chang Yul Professor, School of International Area Studies, Kookmin University
MOON Chung-in Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University
NOH Jae-Hyun President, Joongang Books
OH Tai Kyu Editorial Writer, Hankyoreh Daily News
PARK Cheol Hee Professor, Seoul National University; Director, Institute for Japanese Studies, SNU
PARK Doo Sik Editorial Writer, Chosun Ilbo
Park Joon-woo Former Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs; Former Ambassador to the European Union
SHIM Kyu Sun Editor-at-large, Donga Ilbo
SHIM Yoon-joe Member of the National Assembly (Saenuri Party)
SHIN Kak-Soo Professor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
SHIN Kyoung Min Member of the National Assembly (New Politics Alliance for Democracy)
YOU Seung Hee Member of the National Assembly (New Politics Alliance for Democracy)
YU Hyun-seok President, Korea Foundation
YUN Dukmin Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
 

Japanese Participants

[Chairman]
MOGI Yuzaburo Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation
[Participants]
ARIKAWA Setsuo President, Kyushu University
ASO Wataru President, Fukuoka Airport Building; Former Governor of Fukuoka
CHINO Keiko Contributing Editor, Sankei Shimbun
FUKUYAMA Tetsuro Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party of Japan: DPJ)
HAKODA Tetsuya Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun
HASHIMOTO Goro Political Commentator, Senior Columnist, Yomiuri Shimbun
HAYASHI Yoshimasa Member, House of Councilors, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
HIRAIWA Shunji Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
IOKIBE Makoto Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto; President, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute; former President, National Defense Academy
ISHIHARA Susumu Senior Executive Advisor, Kyushu Railway Company
KAWASAKI Takao President, Nishinippon Shimbun
KOBAYAKAWA Akinori President, Kyushu Associations of Independent Entrepreneurs
KOHARI Susumu Professor, University of Shizuoka
KOIZUMI Shinichi Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO, Toray Industries; Vice-Chairman, Japan-Korea Economic Association
KOKUBUN Ryosei President, National Defense Academy of Japan
KORENAGA Kazuo Senior Executive Director, Japan-Korea Economic Association
KUBOTA Isao Chairman, The Nishi-Nippon City Bank
MAEHARA Seiji Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)
NISHIKAWA Megumi Contributing Editor, Mainichi Shimbun
OGURA Kazuo Former Japanese Ambassador to Korea
OGURA Kizo Professor, Kyoto University
OKADA Katsuya Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)
OKAWARA Akio President, Japan Center for International Exchange
OKONOGI Masao Professor Emeritus, Keio University; Visiting Professor, Kyushu University
SHIGA Toshiyuki Vice Chairman, Nissan Motor Company
SHIOZAKI Yasuhisa Member, House of Representatives (LDP)
SHIROMOTO Masaru Deputy Chief Commentator, NHK
SOEYA Yoshihide Professor, Keio University
SUNOHARA Tsuyoshi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei; Secretary-General for US-Japan Project, Japan Center for Economic Research
TANAKA Hitoshi Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
UEDA Isamu Member of the House of Representatives (New Komeito)
WAKAMIYA Yoshibumi Senior Fellow, JCIE; former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun