East Asia and the EU: Geopolitical Divides and Commonalities


Ma 5.11.2012 klo 13:00-14:30
The Finnish institute of International Affairs
Kruunuvuorenkatu 4, Helsinki

This lecture will discuss geopolitical differences between East Asia and Europe from the perspective of Japan, focusing in particular on China, the Japan-U.S. relationship, and the role of regional organizations. As a preceding example of a regional organization, the EU's experience sheds light on the different paths towards integration in East Asia and Europe. The lecture will furthermore draw attention to the current cooperation between Japan and the EU.

 Ambassador Yukio Satoh is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). He is a member of the Global Zero Commission (Washington), and the International Advisory Board of RUSI International (London). Previously, he was a member of the National Commission on Public Safety (Japan), the President of JIIA (2003-2009) and a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He retired from the Japanese Foreign Service in 2002 as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (1998-2002). He also served as Ambassador of Japan to Australia (1996-1998) and the Netherlands (1994-1996).

Comments: Dr Mika Aaltola, Programme Director, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Chair: Mr. Jyrki Kallio, Researcher, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact: Ms Eeva Innola, tel. +358 9 432 7710, eeva.innolafiia.fi