The East Asia Institute (President Yul Sohn), together with Chey Institute for Advanced Studies and Genron NPO hosted the 9th Korea-Japan Future Dialogue on October 2, 2021. The dialogue is a platform for individual-level and private experts from both countries to discuss future cooperation strategies and expand mutual understanding. Under the theme of “ROK-Japan relations amid the U.S.-China competition,” experts discussed the restoration of ROK-Japan relations, and topics such as ROK-Japan cooperation and restoration of democracy amid the China challenge.





October 2, 2021 (Saturday)

9:00 - 9:20

Opening Ceremony

KUDO Yasushi President, The Genron NPO

SOHN Yul President, East Asia Institute; Professor, Yonsei University

MIBAE Taisuke Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

CHOI Jong Kun Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs ROK

9:20 - 10:50

Session I "Restoring ROK-Japan Relations: Analysis and Discussion on the Survey Results"


PARK In-Kuk President, Chey Institute for Advanced Studies


KUDO Yasushi President, The Genron NPO

SOHN Yul President, East Asia Institute; Professor, Yonsei University


NAM Ki Jeong Professor, Seoul National University Institute for Japanese Studies

PARK Cheol-Hee Professor, Seoul National University

SHIN Kak-soo Former South Korean ambassador to Japan


KWON Yongseok Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University

NISHINO Junya Professor, Keio University

OKUZONO Hideki Associate Professor University of Shizuoka

TSUKAMOTO Soichi Professor, Oberlin University



11:00 - 12:30

Session II "The China Challenge and ROK-Japan Cooperation"


OGOURA Kazuo Former President of the Japan Foundation; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Korea


TANAKA Hitoshi Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd

CHUN Chaesung Chair, EAI; Professor, Seoul National University


HA Young-Sun Chairman of Board of Trustees, EAI; Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University

KIM Hyun-ki Chief, JoongAng Ilbo

RYU Je-seung Former Deputy Minister of Policy, Ministry of National Defence; Lieutenant General, Republic of Korea Army


KAWAGUCHI Yoriko Fellow, Musashino Institute for Global Affaris; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs

KOJO Yoshiko Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

OKONOGI Masao Professor Emeritus, Keio University



11:00 - 12:30

Session III "Restoring Democracy and ROK-Japan Cooperation"


KUDO Yasushi President, The Genron NPO


SUGIYAMA Shinsuke Former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.; Professor, Waseda University

Lee Sook Jong Senior Fellow, EAI; Professor, Sungkyunkwan University


KIM Hun Joon Professor, Korea University

KIM Se Yeon Former Member of the National Assembly

OH Joon Former Korean Ambassador to the UN


MATSUGAWA Rui Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense; Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Division LDP

ISOZAKI Noriyo Professor, Gakushuin University

ITO Abito Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

15:00 - 15:20


11:00 - 12:30

Youth Session I "How the Youth can Reshape ROK-Japan Relationship”

Youth Session II"How Korea and Japan can Work Together to aAddress Pressing Global Issues”


JO Yangheyon Professor of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security; Head, Center for Japanese Studies, IFANS

NISHIMURA Yuho Director of International Department, Genron NPO


KWON Jiwoong Youth Representative, Minjoo Party

KIM Junwhan Former sergeant, the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, Student, Kangwon University

KIM Hojin Student, Hanyang University

AHN Jeonghun Reporter, Maeil Business Newspaper

LEE Minjeong PhD Student, Seoul National University

LEE Hayeon Research Associate. EAI;


KANBE Momoko Intern, Genron NPO

KO Yu-sung PhD Student, Exeter University, England

KOIZUMI Kyoka Student, United World College ISAKMP

OBU Toshiya Reporter, Asahi Shimbun

RIHO Machiko Student Ritsumeikan University

YOO Ye-Ji PhD Student Chiang Mai University


Major Project

Center for Japan Studies

Detailed Business

Redesigning Korea-Japan Relations

Korea-Japan Future Dialogue


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