д-р Ива Венкова
СУ „Св. Климент Охридски”, Исторически факултет
The Limits of Public Diplomacy – the World Heritage Issue and Japan-Korea Relations
Iva Venkova, PhD
Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Faculty of History
In view of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-Korea bilateral relations, coupled with commemorating 70 years of the formal end of World War II, the year 2015 seems to be a good occasion to take stock of bilateral cultural exchange.
Japan has been pursuing a public and a cultural diplomacy of its own, and has been mounting its own nation-branding effort. In 2015, part of its cultural diplomacy was dedicated to securing a place for Japanese industrial sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The issues surrounding the nomination have sent some ripples in Japan-ROK relations, at diplomatic level but also at the public level, due to entanglement with the complicated issue of history. The objective of this article will be to explore how the issue of cultural heritage was brought up in Japan-ROK relations over the past year, aiming to look into the background and factors affecting the development of the issue. The problem will be approached from the perspective of cultural diplomacy and cultural ties.
Keywords: cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy, Japan, Korea