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Managing Transitions in Northeast Asia, the Global Economy, and Japan-U.S. Relations

Northeast Asia has seen significant leadership changes in recent months, with the election of Park Geun-hye as president of South Korea, Xi Jinping as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, and Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan. As leaders of world-leading economies, these key players will no doubt bring about dynamic change in the region’s politics and economy, while balancing relations with the United States and its own newly re-elected president.

On November 28, 2012, the Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNAPS) at Brookings, the Japan Center for Economic Research, and Nikkei held a one-day conference on “Managing Transitions in Northeast Asia, the Global Economy, and Japan-U.S. Relations.” Three panels, featuring Brookings scholars as well leading experts from across Asia, provided their views on issues of profound importance to the Northeast Asian region including leadership transitions, global economy and trade, global governance, and U.S.-Japan relations in the 21st Century.


Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks

Video Address

Panel 1: Leadership Transitions in Northeast Asia


Ray Yep

Professor and Assistant Head, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong - CNAPS Visiting Fellow, 2001-2002, The Brookings Institution

Lee Sook Jong

Senior Fellow and Trustee - East Asia Institute

Professor - Sungkyunkwan University


Fumiaki Kubo

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History - Graduate School for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo

Panel 2: Global Economy and Trade


Tetsuya Jitsu

Deputy Chief Editorial Writer for Global Economy and Trade - Nikkei

Luncheon Discussion: Global Governance and Japan-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century


Toshihiro Sunohara

Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei - Director, Office of Global Studies, Japan Center for Economic Research

Panel 3: U.S.-Japan Relations


Richard Weixing Hu

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong - CNAPS Visiting Fellow, 2007-2008, The Brookings Institution

Closing Remarks

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