Why Korea is Important for Japan
The speaker will address what Japanese diplomacy and East Asian regionalism would look like if the Japan-South Korean relationship was redefined as the core of Japanese East Asian strategy. He will also assess opportunities and obstacles to this alternative paradigm under the new Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government of Japan.
Dr Yoshihide Soeya is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies of Keio University in Tokyo. He specializes in the international relations of East Asia and Japanese diplomacy. Currently, Dr Soeya serves on Japan-South Korea Joint Research Project for a New Era, which then-Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and President Lee Myung-Bak established in 2008.