ICJS Event: Korea-Japan Group talk — Reinhard Drifte on "Are Sino-Japanese Relations as Good as We Think?"

Friday, November 13th, 2009
7:00 p.m. open (7:30 p.m. start)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Reinhard Drifte
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

About the Event

Compared with the strained relationship during the Koizumi era, Japanese-Chinese relations today seem to prove that despite many bilateral problems a solution can always be found. This attitude is too complacent as the closer examination of the history-related issues, the territorial disputes in the East China Sea, and Taiwan. Time is not on Japan`s side in view of the shifting comprehensive power relationship between the two countries. Japan should clarify its position in the Japan-US-China triangle, reform its economy , strengthen its Asian policy and sort out its priorities concerning the three main problems by striking a grand bargain. The Hatoyama administration intends to take a regional approach and hopes to resolve the main issues by creating a better atmosphere. However, this approach risks taking a very long time while the status quo is not sustainable in view of China`s developments.

About Reinhard Drifte

Reinhard Drifte is Emeritus Professor at Nerwcastle University (UK), and Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and at Pau University (France). His research focuses on various aspects of Japanese-Chinese relations, including the growing Chinese presence in Japan. Recent book publications include Japan`s security relations with China since 1989 (Routledge 2002), Japan's quest for a permanent Security Council seat. A matter of pride or justice? (Macmillan 1999), and Japan's foreign policy in the 1990s, From economic superpower to what power? (Macmillan 1998 + 1996). Click here to learn more about Reinhard Drifte.

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.