[February 5, 2017] International Seminar “Debunking the Myths of Northeast Asia’s Borders”

International Seminar “Debunking the Myths of Northeast Asia’s Borders”

Date and time: May 2, 2017 (Sun.) 13:00 – 18:00

Venue: Kyushu University Nishijin Plaza

Nishijin 2-chome, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 16-23, Fukuoka Prefecture 814-0002


13:00-13:10 Opening Remarks

Hyunjoo Naomi Chi (Representative of ABSj & Hokkaido University)

13:10 – 13:40 Keynote Speech

Moderator: Jong-Seok Park (Kyushu University)

Speaker: Beom-Shik Shin (Seoul National University)

“The Changing Strategic Triangle in Post-Cold War Northeast Asia”


13:40 – 15:10 Session 1: Political Geography & International Relations

Moderator: Edward Boyle (Kyushu University)

Commentator: Jonathan Bull (Hokkaido University)


  • Takashi Yamazaki (Osaka City University)

“Multi-scalar Contextual Effects on Local Elections: Okinawa in Northeast Asia”

  • Bae-Gyoon Park (Seoul National University)

“Special Zones and Territorialities of East Asian Developmental States”


15:20 – 18:00 Session 2: Russian Foreign Relations in Northeast Asia

Moderator: Serghei Golunov (Kyushu University)

Commentator: Yukiko Hama (Tsuda College)


  • Ik-Joong Youn (Hallym University)

“Developments of Russo-Japanese Relations under Putin and Abe and the Korean Peninsula: From a Korean Perspective”

  • Alibay Mammadov (Hokkaido University)

“Northern Territories Issue and the Views of Former Japanese Residents and Their Descendants”

  • Paul Richardson (University of Birmingham)

“Patience and Pragmatic Patriotism: Putin’s Approach to the Territorial Dispute with Japan”

  • Akihiro Iwashita (Kyushu University & Hokkaido University)

“The Abe-Putin Yamaguchi Summit Ends a History: An Epitaph to the Northern Territories”

Hosted by: NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (Hokkaido University); Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies (Kyushu University)

Co-hosted by: Association for Borderlands Studies Japan Chapter (ABSj)

Remarks: This seminar is also part of a report on the results of “Reconstruction of International Relations through Border Studies” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)).

Working language: English

*Open to the public; no prior registration necessary

Contact: CAFS

E-mail: iwashita.akihiro303[at]

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