On February 13, 2020, The Centre for the Study of Global Japan hosted a talk on Japanese foreign policy that was delivered by Junya Nishino, 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.

Professor Nishino delivered a presentation on Japan’s “three-pillared” approach to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), an approach that includes engagement and dialogue, unilateral sanctions, and the ‘defense triangle’ together with the United States and South Korea. Professor Nishino emphasized the need for a stronger relationship between South Korea and Japan in order to confront the threat emanating from the DPRK, and he discussed some of the barriers that might impede the formation of such a relationship. The lecture was followed by a lively Q&A session that was moderated by Professor Rie Kijima, affiliated faculty with the Centre. Overall, the event was informative and offered a contemporary view into some of the foreign policy issues confronting Japan.

The Centre would like to thank Professor Nishino and all attendees for their engaged participation. We also thank our co-sponsor, the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto for their support of this event.

To learn more about Professor Nishino and his research, please visit the following link:

https://k-ris.keio.ac.jp/html/100000896_en.html