Past eventResearch Event

Korea and a Japan Divided

11 December 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House


Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House



Japanese society is profoundly divided over the course of its future. Debates concerning the nation’s legal redefinition of its military are at the core of the conversation, but have obfuscated equally significant rifts over the definition of the emperor and the reach of the state. The speaker will argue that the reality and idea of Korea—North and South—have increasingly become the bogeyman necessary to organize these competing views. She will address present realities, real histories, and the use of both, in Japan today.

This event is funded by The Nippon Foundation and held in partnership with The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.