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Korea-Japan Strategic Dialogue 2016

Tokyo, Japan
June 8–10, 2016

JCIE has a long-standing commitment to promoting closer ties with its neighbors in Asia Pacific and has been co-organizing the Korea-Japan Forum annually since 1993. Those meetings draw roughly 50 participants from the two countries from various sectors to discuss a range of economic, political, and security issues relevant to Korea-Japan ties and ways to enhance the relationship. At a recent meeting of the Forum, it was suggested that a smaller group of key opinion leaders be convened to examine the issues in greater depth. As a result, JCIE and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) held the inaugural “Korea-Japan Strategic Dialogue” in Tokyo on June 8–10.

The meeting convened 14 Japanese and Korean experts on diplomacy and security and 15 on economy and trade for a two day seminar on the two country’s foreign policies, the macroeconomic and financial issues that they face, the nexus between economic and security issues in the region, and how the two countries can better cooperate in the regional and global contexts. The following morning, 7 of the participants, accompanied by the heads of JCIE and KIEP, presented the group’s findings at a meeting with Japanese Diet members.

Agenda

Wednesday, June 8

Opening Session

Opening Remarks
  • June Dong Kim, Acting President, KIEP
Congratulatory Remarks
  • Akio Okawara, President, JCIE

Session I: Geopolitical Parameter of Korea and Japan's External Strategy

Chair
  • Yung Woo Chun [Korean Peninsula Future Forum]
Presentation
  • Sung Han Kim [Korea University]
  • Cheol Hee Park [Seoul National University]
  • Hitoshi Tanaka [Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute Ltd.]
  • Akio Takahara [University of Tokyo]
Discussion
  • Kang Choi [Asan Institute]
  • Satoru Mori [Hosei University]
  • Seong Ho Sheen [Seoul National University]

Thursday, June 9

Session II: Macro-economy and Finance of Korea and Japan

Chair
  • Yung Chul Park [Korea University]
Presentation
  • Kwanho Shin [Korea University]
  • Masahiro Kawai [University of Tokyo, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia]
  • Ippei Fujiwara [Keio University]
Discussion
  • Kazuyuki Kinbara [Keidanren]
  • Jae Ha Park [Institute of Finance]
  • Doo Yong Yang [KyungHee University]

Session III: Nexus between Transnational Economy and National Security in East Asia

Chair
  • Akio Okawara [JCIE]
Presentation
  • Jae Woo Choo [KyungHee University]
  • Yoichi Kato [Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation]
  • Tae Ho Bark [Seoul National University]
  • Naoki Tanaka [Center for International Public Policy Studies]
Discussion
  • Yoshihide Soeya [Keio University]
  • Seong Ho Sheen [Seoul National University]
  • Shujiro Urata [Waseda University]
  • Byung-il Choi [Ewha Womans University]

Closing Session: Korea-Japan Cooperation in the Regional and Global Context

Chair
  • Myung Hwan Yu [Sejong University, Chairman]
Rapporteurs
  • Yung Woo Chun [Korean Peninsula Future Forum]
  • Yung Chul Park [Korea University]
  • Akio Okawara [JCIE]
Discussion
  • All Panelists
Closing Address
  • Se Young Ahn [NRC, Chairperson]
  • Hitoshi Tanaka [IIS, JRI, President]

Friday, June 10

Focused Group Meeting

Japanese Diet Members
  • Ichiro Aisawa [Liberal Democratic Party, LDP]
  • Asahiko Mihara [LDP]
  • Takeo Kawamura [LDP]
  • Yasutoshi Nishimura [LDP]
  • Takao Ochi [LDP]
  • Ken Saito [LDP]
  • Shinichi Isa [New Komeito]
  • Takeaki Matsumoto [Independent]
Korean Participants
  • Myung Hwan Yu [Sejong University]
  • Se Young Ahn [NRC]
  • Byung Il Choi [Ehwa Womens University]
  • June Dong Kim [Korea Institute for International Economic Policy]
  • Cheol Hee Park [Seoul National University]
Japanese Participants
  • Akio Okawara [JCIE]
  • Hitoshi Tanaka [Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute Ltd.]
  • Yoshihide Soeya [Keio University]
  • Masahiro Kawai [University of Tokyo, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia]
  • Naoki Tanaka [Center for International Public Policy Studies]

Participants

Japanese Participants

FUJIWARA Ippei Professor, Keio University
FUKAGAWA Yukiko Professor, Waseda University
KATO Yoichi Senior Research Fellow, The Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF)
KAWAI Masahiro Professor, University of Tokyo; Representative Director and Director General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia
KINBARA Kazuyuki Senior Advisor, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
MORI Satoru Professor, Hosei University
NISHINO Junya Professor, Keio University
OKAWARA Akio President, Japan Center for International Exchange
SOEYA Yoshihide Professor, Keio University
TAKAHARA Akio Professor, University of Tokyo
TANAKA Hitoshi Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute Ltd.; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange
TANAKA Naoki President, Center for International Public Policy Studies
URATA Shujiro Professor, Waseda University
 

Korean Participants

AHN Se Yong Chairperson, National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Science
BARK Tae Ho Professor, Seoul National University; the Ambassador-at-Large for International Economic and Trade
CHOI Byung-il Processor, Ehwa Womens University
CHOI Kang Vice President, Asan Institute
CHOO Jae woo Professor, KyungHee University
CHUN Yung woo Chairman, Korea Peninsula Peace Forum; Former Senior Presidential Secretary of Foreign Affairs
KIM June Dong Senior Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
KIM Sung Han Professor, Korea University; Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
PARK Choel Hee Professor, Seoul National University
PARK Jae Ha Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Finance
PARK Yung Chul Professor emeritus, Korea University
SHEEN Seong Ho Professor, Seoul National University
SHIN Kwabsho Professor, Korea University
SONG Woong-Soon Senior Partner, SHIN&KIM
YANG Doo Yong Professor, KyungHee University
YU Myung Hwan

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

 

Observers

CHO Byung Duk National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
KIM Gyu Pan Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
KIM Jong-Wong Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
KOTARI Kyoko Researcher, Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute Ltd.
 

Conference Secretariat

FUNAKI Dai Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
KATSUMATA Hideko Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
LEE Hyejin Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
LEE Shin Ae Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
MURAKAMI David Crawform School of Public Policy, Australia National University; conference rapporteur