Forum Program

Partner Session 7
Partner Session 7
The Role of Citizens of Korea and Japan for Peace in Northeast Asia and the Peace Constitution
2022. 02. 23.10:00 - 11:30
PyeongChang 3
Korean, English 
The Role of Japan and the Pacifist Constitution in Achieving Peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been asserting constitutional amendment since his first term (2006-2007). While most people in Japan have long been cynical towards the revision, the public opinion supporting the constitutional amendment has been increasing along with changes in the regional dynamics. In that case, it is imperative to understand what kind of constitutional amendment the ruling Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) is trying to achieve. Furthermore, considering the immense impact of LDP’s draft amendment on the peace in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula, it is vital to understand its specifics. Also important is to track crucial actors from both supporting and opposing the amendment. Therefore, this session will discuss the following: ways to improve Korea-Japan relations with Fumio Kishida’s Japan; Japan’s North Korea Policy; and Japan’s role in the Inter-Korea peace process. For Japan’s North Korea policy, this session will discuss the changes and the impact of external factors (the U.S., China, and Russia) on Japan’s North policy, specifically focusing on North Korea policy regarding the abduction and normalization issue, as well as the inter-Korea policy since the North Korea-Japan Pyongyang Declaration in 2002. Also, this session will be discussing ways to prevent Japan from being an obstacle to the end of war declaration and the inter-Korea peace process.
East Asia Peace Institute(EAPI)
Organization Information
East Asia Peace Institute is a research institute searching for practical means to achieve peaceful coexistence in Northeast Asia through citizen participation. Based on lessons learned from the history of war, East Asia Peace Institute hosts international forums and conducts citizen exchange programs to promote transforming Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, a remnant of the world war II, to a symbol of peace.