Japan studies confab ends with discussion on Abe Doctrine

The annual international conference on Japan studies concluded Sunday with a roundtable discussion on “Abe Doctrine and Japan’s new grand strategy.”

The conference opened Saturday in Taipei with the participation of academics and researchers from the United States, France, Japan, Korea and host country, Taiwan.

The conference, on the theme “Japan Studies in the Asia-Pacific New Dynamics,” was co-organized by the Taiwan Society of Japan Studies (TSJS) and the National Sun Yat-sen University Center for Japanese Studies (NSYSU CJS).

Lin Bih-jaw, honorary president of TSJS, called on Taiwan to make use of its Japanese language capacity and geo-environment to promote Japan studies and initiate new cooperation projects with Japan.

Lin Wen-cheng, TSJS president, said his society will focus on nurturing younger-generation scholars in the multidisciplinary studies of Japan.

The conference aims to promote international and cross- disciplinary exchanges of ideas, the organizers said.

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

Discussions at the two-day meeting have centered 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, and the U.S. presidential election.

Participants also exchanged views on 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, and potential Cabinet reshuffles.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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