ICJS Event: Seminar "The Russian Far East" by James Brooke

Thursday, March 16, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall Room 212 (Access)
Open to the general public. Reservation is not required.

Only 25 miles north of Japan at its closest tip, Pacific Russia was long off limits to outsiders, hidden behind the ice curtain of the Cold War. To this day, there are no flights from Tokyo to Vladivostok, Sakhalin or Khabarovsk. But suddenly Japan and China are gladiating over this treasure chest of resources - water, timber and more oil and gas than in the North Slope of Alaska.

Will Russia's Far East become a docile Canada, exporting resources to its southern superpower neighbor, China? Will Japan, desperate for Siberian oil, finance an oil pipeline into the only Maritime Nature Reserve in Pacific Russia? Why did American Express open its third Russia office, after Moscow and St. Petersburg, in Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, population 125,000? Why are there more Asian faces on the streets of Vancouver than in Vladivostok - 50 miles from China, 75 miles from Korea, and 450 miles from Japan? With Pacific Russia's population crashing by 17 percent since 1990, can this "Slavic Australia" survive?

To learn answers to these questions and more, come and hear James Brooke, Northeast Asia Correspondent of The New York Times. The only Japan-based reporter to regularly roam through Pacific Russia, Mr. Brooke has made seven trips in the last three years to the region, reporting 30 stories that have appeared in the Times and The International Herald Tribune.

About James Brooke

James Brooke has been the Northeast Asia correspondent for The New York Times, since August of 2001, responsible for Foreign and Business coverage of Japan and the Koreas; with reporting forays into Mongolia, the Pacific Islands and the Russian Far East. He has worked as a reporter for the New York Times since 1984. He has been the Canada Bureau Chief 1999-2001 Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, based in Denver 1995-1999 Brazil Bureau Chief 1989-1995, based in Rio de Janeiro West Africa Bureau Chief 1986-1989, based in Abidjan. The recipient of many prestigious journalistic awards, he is the President of the Yale Club of Japan, and is the First Director of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

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.