International conference on Japan studies opens in Taipei

An annual international conference on Japan studies opened on Saturday in Taipei with the participation of academics and researchers from the United States, France, Japan, Korea and host country, Taiwan.

Based around the theme “Japan Studies in the Asia-Pacific New Dynamics,” the conference is co-organized by the Taiwan Society of Japan Studies (TSJS) and the National Sun Yat-sen University Center for Japanese Studies (NSYSU CJS) and will run through Sunday.

The conference aims to promote international and cross- disciplinary exchanges of ideas, the organizers said, adding that it will involve one keynote speech, five subject-oriented panels and one concluding roundtable.

The panels will consist of two sub-panels in English, four in Japanese and nine in Mandarin Chinese, discussing issues relating to Japanese politics, industry and economics, security and international relations, as well as society, history and culture.

The concluding roundtable discussion will focus on the Abe (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) Doctrine and Japan’s new grand strategy.

Discussions at the two-day meeting will center on Japan’s national security and foreign policy in the face of divergent internal and external variables, such as North Korean missiles threats, territorial disputes in the East China Sea, China-Japan-Korea diplomatic tensions, the U.S. presidential election, the possible abdication of the Japanese emperor, efforts by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to amend the Constitution after securing a majority in the Upper House of the Diet, potential Cabinet reshuffles and others, the organizers said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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