Seminar 19. Kazuhiko Togo: “Abe Shinzo: Political Legacy and the Agenda for Prime Minister Suga”
On Monday, 28 September 2020, the Department of International Relations and the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism of National Research University Higher School of Economics held the 19th session of Eurasian Online Seminar. Our guest was a renowned Japanese diplomat and scholar Kazuhiko Togo. The topic of his talk is “Abe Shinzo: Political Legacy and the Agenda for Prime Minister Suga.”
Kazuhiko Togo (Ph.D. 2009, Leiden University) is a Visiting Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University and Advisor for External Relations for the Shizuoka Prefecture.
He graduated from Tokyo University, Faculty of International Relations in 1968 and served in the Japanese Foreign Ministry until 2002. Half of his career was devoted to Russia, including his positions as Director of the Soviet Union Division (1988-91), Director-General of Treaties Bureau (1998-99), Director-General of European Bureau (1999-2001), and three times services at the Japanese Embassy in Moscow altogether amounting to eight years and a half.
Professor Togo’s last posting was Ambassador to the Netherlands (2001-02). Since then, he taught at universities abroad, including those in Leiden, Princeton, and Seoul National University GSIS before joining Kyoto Sangyo University in 2009, where he assumed the post of Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, for 10 years.
His current research interests include (1) International politics and Japanese foreign-security policy in East Asia, (2) Territorial problems and historical memory in North-East Asia and (3) Identity and civilizational dialogue.
His recent publication in English includes “Japan's Foreign Policy 1945-2009（2010)”; “(co-editor) East Asia’s Haunted Present: Historical Memories and the Resurgence of Nationalism (2008)”; “(editor) Japan and Reconciliation in Post-war Asia: The Murayama Statement and its Implications (2013)”; “(co-editor) Building Confidence in East Asia: Maritime Conflicts, Interdependence and Asian Identity Thinking (2015)”. For other books and articles refer to http://kazuhiko-togo.com
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