An Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow

November 27, 1998

  1. "An Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow -The Asian Crisis: Meeting the Challenges to Human Security-" will take place on December 2 (Wed.) and 3 (Thu.) in Tokyo (Hotel Okura). On May 4, the then Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi made a policy speech in Singapore, in which he proposed to hold this conference as part of intellectual mutual cooperation.

  2. The conference will be attended from Japan by Mr. Keizo Takemi, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tadashi Yamamoto, President of the Japan Center for International Exchange, and other intellectuals, and also from overseas by H.E. Surin Pitsuwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, who will visit Japan as a guest of the Foreign Ministry, and other intellectual leaders, young scholars and researchers from the ASEAN countries, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea.
    Prime Minister Obuchi will make the opening remarks.

  3. With a view to strengthening ties among the intellectual communities in East Asia, the conference will have two inter-related issues: (1) Joint Strategy for Enhancement of Human Security in East Asia, and (2) Roles of Intellectual Exchange in Achieving Common Aspirations in East Asia.

  4. In recognition that it is important for non-governmental institutions committed to substantive policy research and intellectual dialogue to take new policy initiatives as the 21st century is approaching, the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore will host this conference, drawing on a regional network of well-established as well as emerging intellectual leaders in East Asian countries.
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