ANNOUNCEMENT: International Forum – Ukraine and Japan in regional and global context
17 January 2022, 15:55

The New Europe Center invites to the forum “International Forum – Ukraine and Japan in regional and global context ” with the participation of Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine, Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan, leading Ukrainian and Japanese experts.

Date: January 27, 2022
Time: 9.00 – 15:00
Working languages: Ukrainian and English

The event will be broadcast in Ukrainian here and in English here.

Please register here to receive the link to the live event beforehand and the discussion paper on bilateral Ukrainian-Japanese relations after the event to your email box.


The Second Ukrainian-Japanese Forum aims to establish closer cooperation and develop a better understanding between two countries, in particular at the level of think tanks and academia. Across three discussion panels, government officials, analysts and academics from Japan and Ukraine will discuss issues related to the broader security environment in which both countries are operating today.



Introductory remarks

Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, New Europe Center


Welcoming remarks

Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine

Sergiy Korsunsky, Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan



Discussion panel #1. Europe and Asia.Regional security trends


  • Alina Frolova, Deputy Chairman, Center for Defence Strategies, Deputy Defence minister of Ukraine (2019-2020)
  • Olexiy Haran, Professor, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Research Director, Democratic Initiatives Foundation
  • Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor, Keio University
  • Roland Freudenstein, Vice President, Head, GLOBSEC Brussels online
  • Daisuke Kitade, Senior Analyst, Mitsui&Co. Global Strategies Studies Institute


Moderator: Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director, New Europe Center



Discussion panel #2. New security challenges: case studies of Japan and Ukraine


  • Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Mykhailo Gonchar, President, Strategy XXI Foundation
  • Makoto Seta, Associate Professor, Yokohama University (online)
  • Natalia Plaksienko-Butyrska, expert on South-East Asia

Moderator: Takashi Hirano, Head of Japan section, Ukrinform agency


Discussion panel #3. Lublin triangle: how to built effective relations with Asia and Japan

  • Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania  (2012-2020) online
  • Atsuko Higashino, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba
  • Olena Mykal, Senior Lecturer, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Daniel Szeligowski, Head, Eastern Europe Program, Polish Institute for International Relations (PISM)

Moderator: Sergiy Gerasymchuk, Deputy Executive Director, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”




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