Japan-China Relations: Issues and Prospects (Video Interview with Akio Takahara) – Part 2 of 2

Memo #254

Featuring Akio Takahara

In part two of his interview with the Asia Pacific Memo (see part one here), Dr. Akio Takahara , a professor in the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo and a recognized authority on contemporary Chinese politics and Japan-China relations, talks about bridging the divides in Japan-China relations. Dr. Takahara contrasts the “resilient” versus the “fragile” aspects of the Japan-China relationship, and discusses how the resilient aspect might be encouraged and reinforced in order to bring the two countries into greater cooperation and mutual understanding.

He then looks into efforts academics on both sides of the East China Sea have made to bridge the divide in perceptions that separates them, to what extent these efforts have succeeded, and the challenges that remain.

Japan-China Relations: Issues and Prospects (Part 2 of 2) (4:54 minutes)

Akio Takahara is presently the Secretary-General of the “New Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century,” a senior researcher at the Tokyo Foundation, and an adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

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