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Japan and South Korea:Shaping the Big Picture

Original Broadcast Date:
July 25, 2015(UTC)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea. The two countries are expected to play leading roles in maintaining security in a region where North Korea's nuclear program and China's maritime expansion are fueling tensions.

But since they took office, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye have yet to hold a summit to strengthen diplomatic relations. In June, the two countries' foreign ministers met to explore ways to improve bilateral relations and set up a summit meeting.

How does the U.S., in light of its "pivot to Asia," view the situation between Japan and South Korea? What does Washington expect its East Asian allies to do to improve stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region?

This program considers what roles Japan, South Korea and the U.S. should play in East Asia by reporting on a recent panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank based in Washington, D.C. Leading American observers of Japanese and South Korean affairs offer incisive analysis.


Michael R. Auslin

Resident Scholar and Director, Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

James L. Schoff

Senior Associate, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Victor D. Cha

Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University