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Rediscovering Common Bonds among Japan, China, and Korea

Opening up Future Possibilities through Stage and Video

November 25, 2014

On November 24, 2014, the first seminar in the “Rediscovering Common Bonds among Japan, China, and Korea” series was held at the International House of Japan. The project seeks to rediscover the historical and cultural bonds among China, Japan, and Korea, to identify shared challenges and new types of cultural exchanges led by the younger generations, and to investigate each country’s new role in the 21st century.

Under the theme, “Opening up Future Possibilities through Stage and Video,” the seminar invited the participation of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean artists and college students who have had experience working collaboratively to produce theatrical works and films. Approximately 120 people attended.

Opening Ceremony
In his opening address, journalist and JCIE Senior Fellow Yoshibumi Wakamiya, director of the project, explained that the project targets the younger generations in all three countries, whose futures are in jeopardy due to political tensions in Japan-China and Japan-Korea relations. JCIE/Japan President Akio Okawara then spoke, calling for greater participation from the younger generation in the future and underscoring the importance of exchange programs. Finally, Former Minister of Foreign Affaris Ro-myung Gong, president of the East Asia Foundation, asserted that despite the cold political ties and hot economic relations, there still exists a bond among the people of the three countries.

Student Collaborative Films: Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat Video Contest
In the second portion of the seminar, three films were shown that were winners in the Trilateral New Wave Contest sponsored by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat. The contest calls for teams consisting of students from China, Japan, and Korea to create collaborative films, which serve to create an atmosphere of exchange.


Collaborative Works by Professionals: Celebration/Expression
The next speaker was Koji Hasegawa, founder and director of the Hirosaki Theatre Company. In 2013–2014, with the co-sponsorship of the Japan Foundation and the Aomori Museum, Hasegawa staged his work, Celebration/Expression, a collaborative performance piece about the 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake that featured theater professionals from Japan, China, and Korea. The play was performed in a total of eight cities across the three countries. Hasegawa described his experience creating and staging this work, as well as the message that the play sought to convey.

Applying Lessons Learned from Collaborative Efforts
The seminar concluded with a panel discussion featuring the students who had participated in the Trilateral New Wave Contest, Koji Hasegawa, director of “Celebration/Expression,” and author Yoshimi Ishikawa.
Some of the comments from the students included the following:

Lastly, Hasegawa reiterated the importance of deepening the dialogue among Japan, China, and Korea—all of which tend to engage in monologues instead of dialogues. Ishikawa agreed on the importance of dialogue, noting that the three countries should have a better sense of humor about things in order to move on from the historical issues and promote dialogue.