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Japan-North Korea Relations – Background and Prospects
September 8, 2015 - 15:00-16:30
Speaker: Hitoshi Tanaka
Since the end of World War II, the relationship between Japan and North Korea has been strained not just due to the difficulty arising from the autocratic regime but also due to various issues such as North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and abduction of Japanese citizens. Japan has been working to resolve the abduction issue and to normalize the relationship with North Korea through former PM Koizumi’s trips to Pyongyang in 2002 and 2004. In May 2014, diplomatic talks were held in Stockholm but no real progress has been made on the question of the abductees. What are Japan’s current priorities regarding North Korea? How can the security situation be improved on the Korean Peninsula?
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 15.00-16.30. Registration from 14.30.
Location: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm.