Security for Japan: Foreign Policy Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

  • 13 Feb 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
  • 1st Floor Boardroom/Library, 315 Bloor Street West Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Security for Japan: Foreign Policy Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

3:00 - 5:00PM, Thursday, February 13, 2020

1st Floor Boardroom/Library, 315 Bloor Street West

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

SPEAKER:

Junya Nishino

Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Politics

Director, Center for Contemporary Korean Studies

Keio University, Japan

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

In this lecture Professor Junya Nishino (Keio University, Japan) will elucidate Japan’s ‘three-pillared’ approach to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Firstly, Japan has pursued engagement and dialogue, which can be seen in events such as the 2002 Pyongyang Declaration, 6-party talks aimed at finding solutions to security concerns in Northeast Asia, and the 2014 Stockholm Agreement. Secondly, Japan has supported the use of pressure by imposing unilateral sanctions and supporting UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear program. Thirdly, it has promoted defense and deterrence by working with the United States and South Korea as part of a ‘defense triangle’. In this context, Professor Nishino’s lecture will emphasize the need for a strong Japan-ROK relationship in order to confront the threat emanating from the DPRK.

SPEAKER BIO:

Junya NISHINO is Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Politics, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He also serves as Director of the Center for Contemporary Korean Studies at Keio University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yonsei University. His research focuses on contemporary Korean politics, international relations of East Asia and Japan-Korea relations. His research focuses on contemporary Korean politics, international relations in East Asia and Japan-Korea relations.

Dr. Nishino was a Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University in 2012-2013. He was also an Exchange Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2011-2012.

Previously he served as a Special Analyst on Korean Affairs in the Intelligence and Analysis Service of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2007), and was a Special Assistant on Korean Politics at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (2002-2004).

Dr. Nishino received his B.A. and M.A. from Keio University, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yonsei University in South Korea.

SPONSORS:

Centre for the Study of Global Japan, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

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