Proposals for a ‘Final Reconciliation’ Between Korea and Japan

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: 204 Maxwell Hall


Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Korean Peninsula Affairs Center


Proposals for a ‘Final Reconciliation’ Between Korea and Japan

A Talk by Fumio Matsuo, Journalist and Author, Former Washington Bureau Chief, Kyodo News

Fumio Matsuo is a journalist and author whose article “Tokyo Needs its Dresden Moment” in The Wall Street Journal from August 16, 2005 generated significant discussion on the nature of reconciliation. In 2004, his book Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force won the 52nd Annual Award of the Japan Essayist Club. He also has received the 2017 Japan National Press Club Award for his longtime advocacy of the mutual flower-laying reconciliation diplomacy conducted by President Obama, during his visit to Hiroshima in May 2016, and followed up by Prime Minister Abe during his reciprocal visit to Pearl Harbor in December 2016. More recently, Matsuo has focused on reconciliation between Japan and Korea, an issue with which he has a deep personal connection.

Sponsoring Departments: Korean Peninsula Affairs Center, and Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

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