JSP Special Lecture Series: The Philippines and Japan in the Indo Pacific

Friday, April 23, 2021
5:00 PM
11:06 AM
JSP Special Lecture Series: Contemporary Issues in Japan   
with the JICA Program for Japanese Studies (JICA Chair) and the Leong Hub for Area Studies (ADMU)  
“The Philippines and Japan in the Indo Pacific” 
23 April 2021, Friday, 5:00-6:30pm (Phil Standard Time) 
Zoom Webinar: Free and open to the Public 
Registration link:  https://bit.ly/2Q1wjlU


In the 21st Century, the Philippines has been one of the emerging economies in the fast growing region of the Indo Pacific. While its relations with the great powers have often become politicized, its relations with Japan has been close and stable. For instance, Filipinos occupied the third largest population among the international residents in Japan. Aside from close economic ties sustained by trade, investment and remittances, the Japanese government has worked together with the Philippine government in its recovery from natural disasters such as Yolanda and in development and peace building efforts in Mindanao through J-BIRD. In this lecture, Dr. Takagi goes beyond the story of close bilateral relations and considers the broader contexts of regionalism and regionalization in the Indo Pacific. The Indo Pacific region has witnessed dynamic interaction of various stakeholders such as ASEAN, ASEAN member countries, the United States, China and some European countries. By putting the Philippine-Japan relations in the context of the evolving region, we aim at revealing significant implications for their bilateral relations in the future. Mr. Manuel Enverga, Director of the European Studies Program (ADMU), will serve as discussant.  

Dr. Yusuke TAKAGI received a doctoral degree of the science of law from Keio University and worked at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and De La Salle University – Manila before joining GRIPS. His book, Central Banking as State Building: Policymakers and their Nationalism, 1933-1964 (Singapore: NUS Press, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila UP, Kyoto: Kyoto UP, 2016) received the 34th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award in 2018 and a finalist of the National Book Award in the Philippines in 2017. His latest works include, Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat and Tetsushi Sonobe eds. Developmental State Building: The Politics of Emerging Economies (Springer Open, 2019). 

Mr. Manuel ENVERGA is Director and Assistant Professor at the European Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he also serves as Jean Monnet Coordinator. His teaching has focused on a diverse set of topics, which include European politics, culture, regionalism, and public diplomacy. His research has been published in specialist journals, such as the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the Asia-Europe Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. In 2019, he was co-author in two books, one on European diplomatic practice, and the other on Regionalism in Europe. Outside of his academic work, he hosts The Eurospeak Podcast, where he invites guests to talk about various things European, and they talk about how they impact daily life. 

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