The Korea Japan Group (KJ) was started in 1998 in Washington DC by Yoshiko Tanaka-Shichinohe who held monthly dinners attended by young Korean and Japanese scholars and officials. Its activities have since expanded to cover China, India, and other parts of Asia.
By finding a permanent home at TUJ in 2005, the group has been able to continue to grow. The “KJ” has shaped a network of Koreans and Japanese, as well as other Asians, Europeans, and Americans, who are interested in understanding each other and in discussing issues of common concern. The group meets three times per year in New York.
The KJ focuses mostly on political and security issues. Recent sessions have dealt with Japanese politics, immigrant issues in Japan, Japan’s media presence and image, and Korea-Japan relations.