The Japan Foundation presents
60 Years Later: The San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Regional Conflicts in East Asia
A Talk by Professor Kimie Hara, University of Waterloo
With commentary by Professor Nobuo Shimotomai, Faculty of Law, Hosei University (Tokyo)
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 6:30 pm
Location:The Japan Foundation , Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W. , 2nd Floor of the Colonnade Building
RSVP required: www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php or (416) 966-1600 x106
In April 1952, against the background of the intensifying Cold War, the post-WWII Japanese peace treaty signed in San Francisco came into effect. The year 2012 marks the sixtieth anniversary since then. In East Asian nations, the time span of sixty years (“kanreki" in Japanese) has special meaning, signifying the end of one historical cycle and the beginning of a new spirit and a new era in time. In reality, however, the major destabilizing factors in this region are still the old lingering WWII/Cold War regional conflicts, such as the tensions in the Korean peninsula, the Taiwan Strait, and the territorial disputes between Japan and its neighbors. This presentation will focus on these unresolved problems in terms of their treatment in the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and consider their contemporary status and future trajectories in East Asia .
About the speaker:
Kimie Hara is a professor, the Renison Research Professor, and the Director of East Asian Studies, Renison University College , University of Waterloo . She specialises in modern and contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. Her books include “zaigai” nihonjin kenkyu-sha ga mita nihongaiko (Japanese Diplomacy through the Eyes of Japanese Scholars Overseas, 2009), Northern Territories, Asia-Pacific Regional Conflicts and the Åland Experience: Untying the Kurillian Knot (2009, edited with Geoffrey Jukes), Cold War Frontiers in the Asia-Pacific: Divided Territories in the San Francisco System (2007), and Japanese-Soviet/Russian Relations since 1945: A Difficult Peace (1998).
Her recent projects include examination of shifting regional orders in East Asia, as well as the major regional conflicts in East Asia and the Pacific that build on her earlier work on the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty. She held visiting fellowships/professorships at the Kyoto University , the University of Tokyo , the International Institute for Asian Studies/University of Amsterdam , the East-West Center , Stockholm University , and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science. Professor Hara received a Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2010.
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