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20161203 Japan Studies in the Asia-Pacific New Dynamics: 2016 International Conference on Japanese Studies
Japan Studies in the Asia-Pacific New Dynamics: 2016 International Conference on Japanese Studies
TSJS’ Annual International Conference Discussed Instability and Hyper Dynamics in Asia-Pacific Region
 
On Dec. 3rd and 4th, 2016, the Taiwan Society of Japan Study (TSJS) and the National Sun Yat-sen University Center for Japanese Studies (NSYSU CJS) hosted its annual international conference located in National Taiwan Normal University.
 
With the theme of this year being “Japan Studies in the Asia-Pacific New Dynamics: 2016 International Conference on Japanese Studies,” the two-day conference gathered scholars and researchers from the U.S., France, Japan, Korea, Kenya, and Taiwan.
 
The international conference this year aimed to realize and promote international and disciplinary exchanges of ideas. It was arranged with one keynote speeches, five themed panels, and one concluding roundtable.
 
The conference started with the keynote speech “Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea and Taiwan Search for Growth with Equality,” given by the leading Japan political economy scholar Dr. T.J. Pempel, Professor of UC Berkeley, echoing with rich discussion among the audience. 
 
The themed panels consisted of two sub-panels in English, five in Japanese, and Eight in Mandarin, to discuss issues of concerns in Japan’s politics, industry and economy, security, international relations, as well as in society, history, and culture, including:
 
North Korean missiles threats
territorial disputes in East China Sea
the China-Japan-Korea diplomatic tensions 
the U.S. presidential election
Japanese Emperor’s intension to resign
LDP’s majority in Upper House to amend the Constitution
the Cabinet reshuffle, etc.
 
The roundtable finalized the conference, discoursing the topic of the Abe Doctrine and Japan’s New Grand Strategy.
 
Along with the conference discussion, TSJS also hold its general meeting and reelected the board. The new board also re-elected Dr. Lin Wen-Cheng as the president.
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