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Press conference at FCCJ

Volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula

12:30-14:00 Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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『緊張する朝鮮半島情勢』 4月10日(水)12:30-14:00





Ever since Kim Jong Un took the helm of North Korea upon the death of his father Kim Jong Il, the internationally isolated country has surprised the world with news about a missile launch, nuclear weapon testing, moves to nullify its nonaggression agreements with South Korea, alleged cyber attack on South Korean institutions and other saber-rattling tactics.

But what are he and his men trying to achieve through such measures? Has Kim Jong Un taken a firm grip on power? Have the U.N. sanctions on the North been effective? During a recent TV program, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of the North's collapse if Pyongyang continues its present warmongering behavior.
Three experts on North Korea will come to the club to help decipher the recent developments in the country and help the FCCJ audience understand the reasons behind Pyongyang's recent moves.

Hajime Izumi is a professor of East Asian International Politics at the University of Shizuoka and widely known as a leading authority on North Korean affairs in Japan. He is the author of many books on the Korean Peninsula such as ''The Korean Peninsula After the Cold War'' and ''North Korea under the Kim Jong-il system: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Economy & Ideology.''

Narushige Michishita is associate professor specializing in strategic studies at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. He has held posts such as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies of the Ministry of Defense and as assistant counselor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Japanese government. He has written extensively about security in North Asia.

Hideshi Takesada is executive director for Research and International Affairs at the National Institute for Defense Studies and former professor at Yonsei University. He has been a researcher at the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii and visiting scholar at the Korean Institute of International Studies in South Korea, the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University and the Institute for Sino-Soviet Studies at George Washington University,respectively.