The apparent progress that North Korea has made in its overall military technologies—for both conventional and asymmetric capabilities—has only reinforced Japan’s threat perception about North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.
Japan and ASEAN can both benefit from further economic integration, including by joining regional free trade deals and by deepening the ASEAN Economic Community.
Japan has staked its future on the Indo-Pacific region.
To achieve Japan’s foreign policy goals, the current administration must continue to institutionalize the ways in which Japan can incorporate science and technology more firmly into foreign policy, especially in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake was the first disaster where many robotic systems were used for disaster response and recovery. It is expected that robotics becomes an essential solution in the near future. In this talk, the state of art of disaster robotics, gaps for actual use, and efforts for promoting social implementation are introduced.
The puzzle of the long-term future path of Japan-Korea relations boils down to two interrelated questions: Can the two countries sincerely reconcile with each other? And if a complete resolution regarding history is impossible, how much cooperation can the two countries achieve on other issues?
While the Korean people effectively regained independence when Japan surrendered by accepting the Potsdam Declaration in August 1945, normalizing relations between the two as sovereign countries required more than ten years of extremely difficult and delicate negotiations.
Considering the importance of their sound and stable ties for peace and prosperity in East Asia, South Korea and Japan must be coolheaded and join hands with patience and pragmatism for the next fifty years.
Reflections on the Current State of Japan-Korea Relations (Japanese)