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Korea-Japan Forum

24th Meeting
Tokyo, Japan
August 24–26, 2016

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.


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.

Agenda

August 24

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&emdash;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

Participants

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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