Bridging Change in Asia: New York Looks to Korea and Japan

April 25, 2003
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Two-Day Conference
April 25 & 26

Bridging Change in Asia: New York Looks to Korea and Japan is a three-month exploration in Spring 2003 of Japan-Korea relations, past, present and future, co-organized by Japan Society and The Korea Society. A cornerstone of this special programming, this two-day conference brings together leading academics, policymakers, artists, writers and business executives from Korea, Japan and the United States to explore contemporary economic and security issues, as well as cultural, social and historical aspects of the Korea-Japan relationship. Tickets may be purchased for the entire conference or for single days only.

Friday, April 25
8 am – 3:30 pm
On the Brink: Japan, Korea & the Future of Regional Security in Asia

Saturday, April 26
10 am – 5 pm
Korea & Japan: Rediscovering the Past, Shaping the Future

Friday, April 25
8 am – 3:30 pm
On the Brink: Japan, Korea & the Future of Regional Security in Asia

Escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, rising anti-American sentiment in South Korea and global turmoil from the American-led war in Iraq have placed new pressures on Japan-Korea relations that could have wide-ranging implications for economic and political stability throughout northeast Asia for decades to come. Uncertainty over policy directions under new South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, China’s economic and military ascendancy, Japan’s decade-long economic slump, and questions about America’s foreign policy and presence in the region and beyond add further complexity to the picture. This conference brings together senior foreign policy, security and economic experts, including Christopher J. LaFleur, Special Envoy for Northeast Asia Security Consultations, to discuss the challenges facing Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in this increasingly complex global landscape. 


8 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
9 amKeynote Conversation: Gong Ro-myung, former South Korean Ambassador to Japan & Terusuke Terada, former Japanese Ambassador to South Korea
10:30 amPanel I: From China to Russia to North Korea: Security Challenges Facing Japan and South Korea in Asia
12 pmLunch
1 pmPanel II:  Cooperation or Rivalry? The Future of Japan-Korea Economic Relations in the New Asia
2:30 pmClosing Keynote: Christopher J. LaFleur, Special Envoy for Northeast Asia Security Consultations
3:30 pmAdjourn

Other speakers
Kim Dong-shin, former Minister of National Defense, Republic of Korea
Donald P. Gregg, Chairman, The Korea Society, former U.S. Ambassador to Seoul
Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Ahn Choong-yong, President, Korean Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
John P. Lipsky, Chief Economist, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Marcus Noland, Senior Scholar, Institute for International Economics
Don Oberdorfer, Journalist-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Masao Okonogi, Professor of Political Science, Keio University
Ippei Yamazawa, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

April 25 only: $65, Japan Society and The Korea Society members $45, Academics: $35 (continental breakfast and lunch included).

April 26 only: $35, Japan Society and The Korea Society members $30, students: $15.

April 25 & 26: $90, Japan Society and The Korea Society
members $70.

To receive the special two-day ticket or to reserve the academic rate ticket for April 25, please call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 752-3015 Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4:45 pm.

Corporate Members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. Please call Karen Hawkins at (212) 715-1218 or Ellie Montazeri at (212) 715-1247 for information on special corporate rates and to reserve your ticket(s).

Click here for information on day two of this series.

Co-organized by The Korea Society.

Two-day conference transportation supported by Japan Airlines. 
Funding for April 25 provided by Corporate Leadership Sponsors: Citigroup, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Mizuho Securities USA.

  • Friday, April 25, 2003
  • 8:00 am