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U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium 2018

January 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

2018 will carry with it many challenges from 2017 that have deep ramifications for American, Japanese, and Korean affairs. The three countries not only have to deal with North Korean provocations and regional challenges, but will also have to tackle social and economic issues. We need new ideas that address our 21st century issues.

Far from being inexperienced, today’s young generation is perhaps better prepared than any to carry the torch of U.S.-Asia relations and policy. Thanks to cross-cultural exchange programs, the Internet, and immigration trends, the next generation of leaders have more access and are more knowledgeable on world affairs than ever. Using today’s resources to their advantage, these leaders will provide sound policies and continue to strengthen U.S.-Japan-Korea relations.

On January 4, 2018, the International Student Conferences (ISC) and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA provided the future leaders for U.S.-Japan-Korea cooperation with the opportunity to discuss their views on digital diplomacy and workplace challenges. These student leaders alongside senior experts discussed key present-day topics directly relevant to the U.S., Japan and Korea. The fifth Trilateral Symposium demonstrated to the larger audience the ability of the next generation to engage in much needed productive dialogue on U.S.-Japan-Korea relations, including ideas for improving trilateral cooperation.

Visit the 5th U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium page to view the full agenda with speakers and bios.


Welcome and Panel 1 on Digital Diplomacy:

Panel 2 on Challenges in the Workplace:


Photography by Joy Asico.


Agenda and Participants:

8 a.m. | Light Breakfast

8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introduction

Remarks: Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA

Remarks: Linda Butcher, Executive Director of International Student Conferences

MC: Alexander Evans, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

9 a.m. | Panel I: Digital Diplomacy

Moderator: Wallis Stanfield, Auburn University 2016 Japan-America Student Conference

PanelistJulie Chung, Director of Office of Japanese Affairs at U.S. Department of State

PanelistKarl Friedhoff, Fellow of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

PanelistShanti Shoji, Co-Founder and Vice President of Kizuna Across Cultures

Student PanelistRebecca Anderson, Yonsei University GSIS and Korea-America Student Conference U.S. Chair

Student PanelistAyano Sasaki, Kyushu University and Japan-America Student Conference Japan Chair

10:30 a.m. | Panel II: Challenges in the Workplace

Moderator: Florence Maher, U.S. Department of State, 2008 Korea-America Student Conference, 2005 Japan-America Student Conference

PanelistFrank Ahrens, Author of “Seoul Man” and Vice President at BGR Public Relations

PanelistBrigid Schulte, Director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative at New America

Student PanelistErika Ito, Tokuku University and Japan-America Student Conference Japan Chair

Student PanelistJiyoung Park, Ewha Womans University and Korea-America Student Conference Korea Chair

11:45 a.m. | Closing Remarks


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