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"An 'East Asian Community'?"
The new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has invoked the concept of an 'East Asian community' as part of his Asia diplomacy based on the doctrine of fraternity. Will such a political initiative accelerate or decelerate the community building in Asia region where the several visions are competeing?
#005 Yasuyo Sakata
Yasuyo SakataKanda University of International Studies
Professor, Department of International Communication
Domain:
East Asia international relations and security, U.S.-Korea/U.S-Japan alliance relations, North Korea security issues
Asia for me:
My gateway to Asia started with Korea. I encountered Korea in international politics during my college years at Professor Masao Okonogi’s seminar at Keio University. Carrying on the interest, I further discovered Korea in America at Georgetown University. It was there that I learned about the history and the political-strategic issues of the Korean peninsula and its relations with Japan. This eventually led me to Korean studies within the broader context of American-Asian relations. Visits to Seoul thereafter led me to discover the people there and “Asian-ness.”…. Ever since, I have personally enjoyed K-POP (before 韓流=Korea wave) and now broadened to C-POP(華流)and A-POP(Asian Pop). My Asian journey continues.
Message for Learners:
Be a GLOBAL 21st century ASIAN ! From the end of the 19th century to the 20th century, there were many “lost opportunities” between Japan and the other Asian countries to work “together.” As you may know, relations between Fukuzawa Yukichi, founder of Keio Gijuku and Korea go a long way back to the late 19th century. It is regretful that Japan and Korea lost the opportunity to work together toward modernization of Asia. Asians now have more opportunities in the 21st century, so don’t lose sight of those chances and REALLY work together for a better Asia and a better WORLD.
Writings:
『グローカリゼーション―国際社会の新潮流』神田外語大学出版局、2009年(共著);『危機の朝鮮半島』慶応義塾大学出版会、2006年(共著);『朝鮮半島と国際政治』慶大出版会、2005年(共著);『兵器の拡散防止と輸出管理』有信堂、2004年(共著);『朝鮮戦争―休戦50周年の検証』慶大出版会2003年(共著); “Restructuring U.S. Alliances in Northeast Asia and Prospects for US-Japan-ROK Security Cooperation,” in Northeast Asia and the Two Koreas(Yonsei University Press, 2008);Japan Institute for International Affairs Policy Report: Resolving the North Korean Nuclear Problem- A Regional Approach and the Role of Japan (Project for Northeast Asian Security)(2005) ; “Origins of the U.S.-ROK Alliance as a ‘Regional Alliance’-U.S. Policy on Asia-Pacific Collective Security and the Formation of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, 1953-54,” Gunsa (Military History) (Seoul: Institute for Military History Compilation) vol.57(2005)