Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Future of ROK-Japan Relations: Domestic and International Dynamics

29 June 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will argue that the 2015 agreement on the issue of ‘comfort women’ between Seoul and Tokyo may well be a turning point for both countries and for US efforts at triangulation. This transition was accelerated by external factors such as the threat from North Korea. The next US president therefore will need to reinforce Washington’s current success in engaging both leaders. Going forward, it will be crucial to reshape South Korean public opinion, as well as to boost Japanese internationalism. Both processes will depend on the role of the non-government sector internally, and perceptions of China externally.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.