The Present and Future of Japan-China Relations: How Will They Affect Southeast Asia?


About the Webinar

If it had not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan would have taken place in spring last year. Things have changed dramatically since then. The public image of China in Japan, which had already turned rather negative due to factors such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, deteriorated even further by the pandemic. At the same time, economic partnership between the world’s second and third largest economies continues to deepen, and Japanese firms face difficulty in coping with the intensifying US-China competition over technology. How will Japan and China balance their competition and cooperation? Are the Free and Open Indo-Pacific and the Belt and Road Initiative compatible? The answers no doubt will have profound implications for Southeast Asia.

About the Speaker

Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics and the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at The University of Tokyo. He received his DPhil in 1988 from Sussex University, and later spent several years as Visiting Scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Harvard University, Peking University, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and at the Australian National University. Before joining The University of Tokyo, he taught at J. F. Oberlin University and Rikkyo University. He served as President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies, and as the Secretary General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee. Akio was Dean of The Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo (GraSPP) from 2018 to 2020. He currently serves as Senior Adjunct Fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Japan Forum on International Relations, and Director of JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development. His publications in English include The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China, (Macmillan, 1992), and Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era, (co-authored, Routledge, 2017).


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Jun 30 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am