Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan-Korea Trade Relations

June 3, 2021
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Thursday, June 3, 8:00-9:00 AM EDT   Calculate your local time

How can the U.S., Japan and Korea cooperate on shared challenges to achieve prosperity and shape the economic rules of the road, and what does the Biden administration mean for U.S. trade policy? Join us for a discussion about the dynamics of U.S.-Japan-Korea trade relations and regional economic integration, featuring Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler, Waseda University Professor Emeritus and Economic Research Institute for East Asia and ASEAN Senior Research Advisor Shujiro Urata, and Korea Development Institute and Johns Hopkins University Professor Wonhyuk Lim. This program is co-hosted by the Korea Society, Japan Society and Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), and moderated by Korea Society President Tom Byrne with an introduction by Japan Society President Joshua W. Walker.

Wendy Cutler
, Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute; former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
Wonhyuk Lim, Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management; Adjunct Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Shujiro Urata, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University; Senior Research Advisor to President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Thomas J. Byrne
, President & CEO, The Korea Society

8:00-9:00 AM EDT  Discussion and Q&A

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About the Speakers:
Wendy Cutler is Vice President at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the managing director of the Washington, D.C. office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in the nation’s capital and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade, investment, and innovation, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she also served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. During her USTR career, she worked on a range of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations and initiatives, including the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S.-China negotiations, and the WTO Financial Services negotiations. She has published a series of ASPI papers on the Asian trade landscape and serves as a regular media commentator on trade and investment developments in Asia and the world.

Wonhyuk Lim is a professor at the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management and adjunct lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Since he joined KDI in 1996, his research has focused on state-owned enterprises and family-based business groups (chaebol). He has also written extensively on development issues, in conjunction with policy consultation projects under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). After the 2002 Presidential Election in Korea, he worked for the Presidential Transition Committee and the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asia and helped to set policy directions for the restructuring of the electricity and gas sector and for Northeast Asian energy cooperation. Dr. Lim was at Brookings as a CNAPS Fellow in 2005-06. After returning to KDI in 2007, he became Director of the Office of Economic Development Cooperation, precursor to the Center for International Development (CID).

Shujiro Urata is Professor Emeritus, Waseda Unversity. He received his Ph.D in Economics from Stanford University in 1978. Before joining Waseda University in 1986, he was research associate at the Brookings Institution and an economist at the World Bank. He is currently affiliated with Economic Research Institute for East Asia and ASEAN (ERIA), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), and Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER). His focus of research is in international trade and development economics.

Co-organized by The Korea Society & Asia Society Policy Institute



  • Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • 8:00 am