C-Span live streamed the entire 5th U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium, held at the National Press Club on January 4. The symposium, sponsored by Sasakawa USA, the International Student Conferences (ISC) and the Korea Foundation, gave emerging students leaders from all three nations the opportunity to discuss digital diplomacy and workplace challenges.
In opening remarks delivered at the symposium, Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt talked about the trilateral relationship between Korea, Japan and the United States. “From the perspective of the United States, these are not two separate alliances. It’s really one network of obligations and responsibilities that we face together,” Ambassador Zumwalt said. “But also, I think it’s natural for the U.S., Japan and Korea to work together and think together because we have so many shared values. The three countries are democracies, we believe in human rights and rule of law and perhaps — most importantly — we have a shared love of baseball.”
When Zumwalt served as Ambassador to Senegal from 2015-2017, the nations that provided the most volunteers to the West African nation were the United States, Korea and Japan. “Young people in Japan, Korea and the United States really see themselves as global citizens wanting to make contributions outside their own countries,” he said. “It’s important for us to acknowledge, that while we may have differences, our commonalities are more important and there’s tremendous potential for partnership as we work together to advance our common interests around the world. So I hope programs like this one, where you’ll be discussing some important issues like digital diplomacy and challenges in the work place, will really create a foundation for even stronger trilateral relations going forward.”
The panelists for the two discussions were Julie Chung, Director of Office of Japanese Affairs at U.S. Department of State; Karl Friedhoff, Fellow of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Shanti Shoji, Co-Founder and Vice President of Kizuna Across Cultures; Frank Ahrens, Author of “Seoul Man” and Vice President at BGR Public Relations; Brigid Schulte, Director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative at New America; as well as Rebecca Anderson, Yonsei University GSIS and Korea-America Student Conference U.S. Chair; Ayano Sasaki, Kyushu University and Japan-America Student Conference Japan Chair; Erika Ito, Tokuku University and Japan-America Student Conference Japan Chair; and Jiyoung Park, Ewha Womans University and Korea-America Student Conference Korea Chair.
Watch the U.S.-Japan-Korea Cooperation video, which aired on C-Span on January 4.