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Date : September 29, 2020

The Korean Peninsula and Japan in 2020 (Dr. Junya Nishino, Keio Univ. Prof. & Director of Keio Center for Contemporary Korean Studies)

post date : 2020.09.08

While relations between Japan and South Korea, Japan and North Korea, or the US and North Korea show no signs of improvement, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has admitted the country’s economy has been performing poorly due to economic sanctions and COVID-19. He announced that the next Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea would be held in January 2021, where he will present a new five-year plan. Preparations are also thought to be underway for a military parade in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party. With the US presidential election to be held in November, what actions North Korea will take is a matter of interest.


The FPCJ has invited Dr. Junya Nishino, a professor at Keio University and Director of the Keio Center for Contemporary Korean Studies, to speak about the situation in the Korean Peninsula and its impact on Japanese foreign and security policy.    


*Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be an online press briefing held

  as a Zoom webinar. 

■Date: Sept. 29 (Tue), 2020, 11:00-12:30

■Briefer: Dr. Junya Nishino, Professor of Keio University/ Director of the Keio Center for

      Contemporary Korean Studies

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation

■Deadline for application: Noon, September 28

*Note: No reply will be sent confirming your application, but after applying an email will be sent

        before the day of the briefing with details on how to join the briefing.

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.

*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on September 28.  As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).

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