Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

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

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

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

Overview

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.