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1 The 2022 South Korean Presidential Election and the Next Administration's Foreign and Security Policy
Junya Nishino Professor, Keio University
South Korea's presidential election is slated for March 9, 2022. The election campaign has begun in full swing. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea selected Lee Jae-myung, former governor of Gyeonggi Province, as its presidential candidate on October 5; the first opposition People Power Party nominated Yoon Seok-yue, former attorney general, as its presidential candidate on November 5. In addition, Ahn Cheol-soo (the People Party) and Sim Sang-jun (the Justice Party) have also declared their candidacies. Considering that all the South Korean presidents since the country's democratization were nominees recommended by major political parties, Lee Jae-myung or Yoon Seok-yue will become the next president. However, Lee is facing allegations of corruption associated with urban development projects he promoted as mayor of Seongnam city, while Yoon is also facing allegations of abuse of authority in his days as attorney general. We should pay attention to how these allegations will affect their ongoing election campaigns. (Please see more the SSDP website
2 North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Development and Japan's Defense
Hideshi Tokuchi Senior Fellow, GRIPS
Looking back over the past century of Japanese history, the importance of the Korean Peninsula to Japan's security is apparent. The Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars were fought over interests in the Korean Peninsula. Japan's rearmament in the post-WWII era in the form of the creation of the National Police Reserve and the foundation of the Self-Defense Forces was precipitated by the outbreak of the Korean War. Today, the Japan-US Joint Statement of November 1969 is attracting renewed attention concerning the Taiwan issue; its Paragraph 4 begins with the perceptions of the leaders of the two countries on the Korean Peninsula situation. It was over the Carter administration's attempt to withdraw US ground troops from South Korea that Masamichi Inoki wrote to US National Security Advisor Brzezinski that he wanted to knock down Undersecretary of State Philip Habib. The 1997 "Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation" was discussed by many people in relation to Korean Peninsula contingencies, as the first North Korean nuclear crisis took place just before the release of the document. One of the reasons for formulating the legislation to deal with contingencies in 2002 was a North Korean armed spy boat incident. The National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) for FY2005 and beyond, which pointed to Japan's security in the post-9/11 era of international terrorism, was occasioned by Japan's introduction of missile defense system that was discussed mainly in relation to North Korean missiles. Many of the so-called 15 simulation cases presented by the Japanese government at the time of the security legislation to put the changes in constitutional interpretation into practice seemed to make one imagine Korean Peninsula contingencies. (Please see more the SSDP website
3 What will Become of Japan-South Korea Relations? The 1965 Japan-South Korea Treaty System in Jeopardy
Masao Okonogi Professor Emeritus, Keio University
A distinction should be made between the two questions of what the historical friction between Japan and South Korea is and why it is now increasingly intensified. Simply put, the former is the clash of the national identities of the two countries, and the latter is associated with the intergenerational transmission of collective memory that causes "memory politics" and "memory wars." Identity is self-awareness (Who am I? / self-portrait) based on language, culture, religion, history and others. It gains stability by the approval of others. It is a "self-understanding from outside," which is always accompanied by a "desire for recognition." Therefore, as Francis Fukuyama explains, the "politics of identity" is not the politics of desire or reason, but the "politics of dignity" (thumos, spirit, pluck), which turns to the "politics of resentment" when it fails to gain recognition. Moreover, as Anthony D. Smith points out, the establishment of national identity is per se the central goal of the nationalist movement. Therefore, the clash of identities can expand with ease into that of nationalisms. (Please see more the SSDP website

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Japan-ROK Parliamentary Dialogue
-Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Era of US-China Competition-

On March 11, 2021, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) and the office of National Assembly Member Kwang Jae Lee of the Republic of Korea co-hosted an online Japan-ROK parliamentary dialogue.

This is a sequel to "JAPAN-ROK FUTURE DIALOGUE: Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era," which was co-hosted by SSDP and the Yeosijae (Future Consensus Institute) of the Republic of Korea last November.

The theme of the recent dialogue was "Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Era of US-China Competition." The participants (see list below) exchanged opinions from the perspective of security and foreign policy.

JAPAN
Masahiro Akiyama Chairman, SSDP
Shigeru Ishiba Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)
Masao Okonogi Emeritus Professor, Keio University
Masaaki Taira Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)
Akihisa Nagashima Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)
Tsuneo Watanabe Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

South Korea
Kwang Jae Lee Member of the National Assembly (Democratic Party of Korea)
Min Gyo Koo Professor, Seoul National University
Park Young-June Professor, Korea National Defense University
Hyang-ja Yang Member of the National Assembly (Democratic Party of Korea)

A full detailed report will be available in due course on this website. Posted here is the keynote speech, "A Middle-Power Strategy Pursued by Japan and South Korea in an Era of US-China Confrontation" (Tsuneo Watanabe), which is the centerpiece of the dialogue. (Please see the SSDP website)

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Research journal "Security Studies (vol3 no4) December 2021 "-Korean Peninsula Situation- (English edition) was published. (Please see the SSDP website)

Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP)

China is rising and may become a regional hegemon in not-so- distant future. Ascending India and the resurgence of Russia also illustrate the fact that we face a rapid power transition in Asia. Against this backdrop, Japan, as a major regional power, and its security strategy and diplomatic policy will be put to the test. With this in mind, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded in October, 2016. The SSDP will also conduct public diplomacy through its research projects. Japanese foreign relations vis-à- vis the neighboring states are likely to mark a new chapter in the near future and therefore, our research endeavors and other activities will be consequential.

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  • Research journal "Security Studies (vol3 no4) December 2021 " was published in December.
  • The 41st SSDP discussion session was held on November 17, 2021 to discuss " Korea's Political Situation and Japan".
  • The 40th SSDP discussion session was held on November 17, 2021 to discuss " North Korea's Situation".
  • The 39th SSDP discussion session was held on October 29, 2021 to discuss " North Korea's Nuclear Missile Development ".
  • Japan-Korea joint seminars were held on July 26, August 23, September 28 to discuss on Japan's and Korea's coping with the competition between the US and China.
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol03 no03" was published in September.
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol03 no02" was published in June.
  • The 38nd SSDP discussion session was held on May 28, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Security Mechanism".
  • The 37nd SSDP discussion session was held on May 24, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Security Problems".
  • The 36nd SSDP discussion session was held on May 14, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Power's Security Perspective".
  • The 35nd SSDP discussion session was held on April 26, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Security Mechanism".
  • The 34nd SSDP discussion session was held on April 20, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Security Problems".
  • The 33nd SSDP discussion session was held on April 19, 2021 to discuss "Asia's Security-Regional Power's Security Perspective".
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol03 no01" was published in March.
  • Japan-ROK Parliamentary Dialogue was held on March 11, 2021 to discuss "Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Era of US-China Competition".
  • The 32nd SSDP discussion session was held on January 28, 2021 to discuss "The Biden Diplomatic Policies".
  • The 31st SSDP discussion session was held on January 22, 2021 to discuss "The Biden Diplomatic Policies".
  • The 30th SSDP discussion session was held on January 18, 2021 to discuss " The US Policy toward China ".
  • The 29th SSDP discussion session was held on December 10 to discuss" The US Presidential Election and Its Democracy".
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol02 no04" was published in December.
  • The Japan-ROK Future Dialogue was held on November 21 to discuss "Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Post-Covid-19 Era".
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol02 no03" was published in September.
  • The 28th SSDP discussion session was held on July 17 to discuss" The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Security (3)".
  • The 27th SSDP discussion session was held on July 13 to discuss" The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Security(2)".
  • The 26th SSDP discussion session was held on July 6 to discuss "The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Security (1)".
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol02 no02" was published in July.
  • A joint meeting hosted by the SSDP and the Group for State Power Studies approved Urgent Recommendations on COVID-19.
  • The 25th SSDP discussion session was held on April 24 to discuss" Middle East and Japan's Security (2)".
  • The 24th SSDP discussion session was held on April 14 to discuss "Middle East and Japan's Security (1)".
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol02 no01" was published in April.
  • The SSDP Round Table was held on February 21 to discuss Middle East strategic situation.
  • The 23rd SSDP discussion session was held on February 17 to discuss"Cyber, Space, Environment and Security(3)".
  • The 22nd SSDP discussion session was held on January 30 to discuss"Cyber, Space, Environment and Security(2)".
  • The 21st SSDP discussion session was held on January 27 to discuss"Cyber, Space, Environment and Security(1)".
  • The SSDP Round Table was held on January 17, 2020 to discuss Middle East Risks.
  • The 20th SSDP discussion session was held on October 10 to discuss China's problems.
  • The 19th SSDP discussion session was held on October 7 to discuss China's problems.
  • The SSDP and The PF held the Japan-Taiwan Dialogue in Taipei on September 20.
  • A research journal "Security Studies vol1 no03" was published in September.
  • 2019 FUTURE CONSENSUS DIALOGUE was held on July 31 and August 1 in Tokyo
  • The 18th SSDP discussion session was held on May 8 to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.
  • The 17th SSDP discussion session was held on April 22 to discuss Japan-Korea relationships.
  • The SSDP published a research journal "Security Studies vol1 no2", in April 2019.
  • The SSDP published a new research journal, "Security Studies", this month.
  • The 16th SSDP discussion session was held on February 6 to discuss Indian issues (2).
  • The 15th SSDP discussion session was held on February 4 to discuss Indian issues(1).
  • The 14th SSDP discussion session was held on November 9 to discuss Trump's trade policy(2).
  • The 13th SSDP discussion session was held on November 7 to discuss Trump's trade policy(1).
  • The 12th SSDP discussion session was held on September 27 to discuss economic problems Japan is facing.
  • The 11th SSDP discussion session was held on June 18 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting ".
  • The 10th SSDP discussion session was held on June 14 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting".
  • The 2nd Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Tokyo on March 10.
  • The 9th SSDP discussion session was held on February 16 to discuss " The Network Hegemony Theory for a Security Architecture in The Asia Pacific Region ".
  • The 8th SSDP discussion session was held on December18 to discuss "Destabilized Middle East".
  • The 7th SSDP discussion session was held on October 9 to discuss "19th CCP National Congress".
  • A special session was held on October 8 to hear a lecture on "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042"
  • The 6th SSDP discussion session was held on September 28 to hear a lecture on the Future of the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • A special session was held on September 19 to discuss a New Trend in India's Foreign Policy and Japan.
  • The 5th SSDP discussion session was held on July 20 to discuss an economic interdependence and its action on politics
  • A special session was held on June 30 to discuss The prospect of European politics and its implication on the Japan"s diplomatic policy
  • The 4 th SSDP discussion session was held on May 31 to discuss the two great powers, the US and China, and the implication on Japan's diplomatic policy.
  • The Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue was held in Taipei on May 15 to discuss the Trump administration's influence on the region, in particular Taiwan.
  • The Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Manila on January 31 to discuss the strategic environments for each country and the two countries' cooperation.
  • The third SSDP discussion session was held on January 23, 2017 to discuss Abenomics and Trump.
  • The second SSDP discussion session was held on December 7, 2016 to discuss Trump and his security policy.
  • The first SSDP discussion session was held on October 14, 2016 to discuss the Korean Peninsula issues.
  • Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded by AKIYAMA Associates (Masahiro Akiyama, president) in October, 2016.
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