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Korea-Japan Forum

8th Meeting
September 16–18, 2000

The eighth meeting of the Forum was held on September 16-18, 2000, in Fukushima, Japan with 44 leaders from the political, business, academic, media, and the nonprofit sectors. Discussions focused on domestic sociopolitical and economic developments in Japan and Korea; the situation on the Korean peninsula and methods of regional cooperation; economic cooperation; and common challenges and new opportunities for cooperation.

Agenda

Saturday, September 16

  • Session I: Domestic Sociopolitical and Economic Developments in Japan

Sunday, September 17

  • Session II: Domestic Sociopolitical and Economic Developments in Korea
  • Session III: New Developments on the Korean Peninsula and Regional Cooperation
    • Implications of the South-North Korean Summit
    • Role of major powers with regard to promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula
    • Regional cooperation for stability in Asia Pacific

Monday, September 18

  • Session IV: Cooperation in the Economic Sphere
    • Impact of IT on respective economies and on economic cooperation
    • Sharing experiences in economic and financial reform
    • Free trade agreements and regional economic cooperation
  • Session V: Common Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation
    • Challenges of aging societies - government, corporate, and civil society responses
    • Role of civil society in political processes
    • Education and society
  • Concluding Session: Strategies for Enhancement of the Relationship
    • Youth exchange (e.g., expansion of JET program, provision of educational opportunities for tourists, joint performance of artists, etc.)
    • Using the World Cup soccer games as a catalyst for a new level of exchange
    • New steps toward exchange of mass culture
    • Facilitating increased personal interactions (e.g., shuttle flights from Haneda, visa waivers, promotion of NGO cooperation, promotion of community-based exchange activities, etc.)

Participants

Korean Participants
[Chairman]
CHOI Kwang-soo Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
[Participants]
AHN Byung-joon Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan; Director of Korean Steering Committee, Korea-Japan Forum
CHO S. R. Chairman, Hyosung Group
CHO Woong-kyu Member, National Assembly (The Grand National Party)
CHOE Chung-ho Chairman, Korea Commission for Vision 2000
CHOI Sang-yong Korean Ambassador to Japan
CHUNG Hyung-min Professor of Art History, Seoul National University
CHUNG Ku-chong President, donga.com
CHUNG Mong-joon Member of the National Assembly (Independent)
GONG Ro-myung Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
HYUN In-taek Professor of Political Science, Korea University
KIL Jong-sup Anchor, Korea Broadcasting System (KBS)
LEE In-ho President, The Korea Foundation
LEE Jin-soon Professor of Economics, Soongsil University
LEE Kyung-sook President, Sookmyung Women's University
Lee Nak-yon Member, National Assembly (Millennium Democratic Party)
PARK Won-hong Member of the National Assembly (The Grand National Party)
SEONG Byong-wook Special Advisor, The JoongAng Ilbo
SHIN Dong-won Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
YOO Heung-soo Member of the National Assembly (The Grand National Party)
YOO Kun-il Chief Editorial Writer, The Chosun Ilbo
YOON Chang-bun President, Korea Information Society Development Institute

Japanese Participants
[Chairman]
OWADA Hisashi President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
[Participants]
ASAMI Tamotsu Deputy Director, Editorial Bureau, Chuokoron-Shinsha
ASAO Keiichiro Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party of Japan)
CHINO Keiko Editorial Writer, The Sankei Shimbun
FUJII Hiroaki President, The Japan Foundation
FUJIMURA Masaya Executive Advisor, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation; President, Japan-Korea Economic Association
FUJIWARA Katsuhiro Managing Director, Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations)
FUKAGAWA Yukiko Associate Professor, Economics Department, Aoyama Gakuin University
IGARASHI Kimitoshio Chief Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
ITOH Abito Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Tokyo
KANO Tadao Editorial Writer, The Mainichi Shimbun
KATO Koichi Member, House of Representatives (LDP)
KATO Shuichi Member, House of Councillors (New Komeito)
KITO Makoto Research Fellow, Yomiuri Research Institute
KODAMA Yukiharu President, Japan Information Processing Development Corporation
KOHARI Susumu Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka
KURATA Hideya Adjunct Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs; Associate Professor, Tokoha-Gakuen Fuji Junior College
MATSUDA Iwao Member, House of Councillors (LDP)
OKONOGI Masao Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
SASAKI Tomoko Member, House of Councillors (LDP)
SUZUOKI Takabumi Columnist, Hong Kong Bureau, Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI)
WAKAMIYA Yoshibumi Deputy Managing Editor, The Asahi Shimbun
YAMAMOTO Tadashi President, Japan Center for International Exchange; Director of Japanese Steering Committee, Korea-Japan Forum