GoJ Position and Efforts

International Symposium: Human Rights Situation in North Korea and the Abduction Issue

1 Date

Thursday, December 13, 2007

2 Venue

Mita Kaigisho, Tokyo

3 Organizers

Headquarters for the Abduction Issue, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

4 Program and Panelists

Theme

Human rights in North Korea and the abduction issue

Coordinator

Hatsuhisa Takashima, Visiting Professor at Gakushuin University (former Chief Commentator of NHK [Japan Broadcasting Corporation] , and Press Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Program

(1) Introductory remarks by the organizers

(2) Remarks from families of the abductees

(3) Session I: Human rights in North Korea, and response of the international community

Overview presented by coordinator; introduction of panelists
Keynote addresses

- Fumiko Saiga, Japan’s Ambassador in Charge of Human Rights
- Kim Sung-Min, representing the Free North Korea Broadcast service

Panel discussion

- Michael J. Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Japan Chair
- Kim Hyun-Ho, Director of the Unification Research Center of The Chosun Ilbo
- Hitoshi Takase, representing Japan Independent News Net
- Dr.C. Kenneth Quinones, Professor at Akita International University

Questions from the floor
Coordinator’s recap of Session I

(4) Session II: Working toward resolution of the abduction issue

Overview presented by coordinators; introduction of panelists
Keynote addresses

- Nakayama Kyoko, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
- Michael J. Green, CSIS Japan Chair

Panel discussion

- Toshimitsu Shigemura, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (formerly member of the editorial board of The Mainichi Newspapers)
- Kim Hyun-Ho, Director of the Unification Research Center of The Chosun Ilbo
- Hitoshi Takase, representing Japan Independent News Net
- Dr.C. Kenneth Quinones, Professor at Akita International University

Questions from the floor
Coordinator's recap of Session II

(5) Closing