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¡°Late POSCO Chairman Park Tae-Joon Can Be Key to Successful Japan-S. Korea Ties¡± Argues Dr. Huh Nam-Jung
In His New Book ¡°Lost Relations between Korea and Japan: Key Is Chairman Park Tae-Joon¡±
Dr. Huh Nam-Jung of South Korea¡¯s ruling Sanuri Party¡¯s Sub-Committee for Diplomacy and Foreign Trade

Dr. Huh Nam-Jung of South Korea¡¯s ruling Sanuri Party¡¯s Sub-Committee for Diplomacy and Foreign Trade will celebrate the publishing of his new book ¡°Lost Relations between Korea and Japan: Key Is Chairman Park Tae-Joon¡± at an event to be held at Press Center Building near City Hall on July 10 (Thursday), 2014.

The 62-year-old former executive director of Korea-Japan Economic Association will invite the guests from business, academic, and other social sectors for the event.

Among the guests will be some business tycoons including Chairman Kang Shin-Ho of Dong-A Socio Holdings and Chairman Kim Yoon of Samyang Holdings.

In particular the current Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Bessho Koro (ܬá¶ûÇÕÍ) will be on the guests list, according to Dr. Huh.

Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Bessho Koro (ܬá¶ûÇÕÍ)

Chairman Kim Yoon of Samyang Holdings will deliver his congratulatory speech at the event.

The event will be held on the 19th floor of the Press Center Building at 5 p.m. on the day.

Huh received his Ph.D. degree from Hanyang University¡¯s Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul in August of 2013. His dissertation was on the leadership of the late POSCO Chairman Park Tae-Joon (1927-2011).

Park, founder of world¡¯s leading iron company POSCO, served as prime minister, contributing immensely to the nation¡¯s economy in relation to Japan. Park, who is called ¡°Korea¡¯s Andrew Carnegie,¡± grew up in Japan before he moved back to South Korea.

In his book Dr. Huh says that the new solutions to the ever worsening Korea-Japan relations lie in the role and achievement the late Park played.

In a recent interview with a local daily Dr. Huh argued that South Korean government should avoid acting emotionally but try to seek national interest in her bilateral ties with Japan.

¡°For this, we should pay attention to the late Chairman Park for his deep insight of Japan,¡± Dr. Huh said. ¡°Park spent his early childhood of 14 years in Japan and he knew how to overcome Japan¡±

The late Chairman Park Tae-Joon (left) with late President Park Chung-Hee at the ground breaking ceremony of POSCO in Pohang in S. Korea's North Gyeongsang Province on July 3, 1973.

Dr. Huh said that Park¡¯s deep knowledge and insight of Japanese culture was the driving force behind his founding the world¡¯s most successful steel company POSCO.

¡°For one instance Chairman Park introduced Japanese ¡°public bath¡± culture to his own company,¡± Dr. Huh said. ¡°He built 120 luxury bath houses within the complexes of POSCO¡±

¡°So, hard-working employees were able to recover from their fatigue by resting fully in the hotel-level bath facilities,¡± Dr. Huh explained.¡± This led directly to increased productivity and top-quality products¡±

In the past Dr. Huh spent 27 years as the executive director of Korea-Japan Economic Association, closely observing the former business tycoon Park.

¡°Chairman Park grew up in Japan and graduated from middle school there, building his powerful personal connections¡± Dr. Huh added. ¡°He used his Japanese connections in building up the economy of South Korea¡±

Dr. Huh spent most of his career in the field of economic cooperation between South Korea and Japan, playing an active role in various associations relevant to the bilateral economic cooperation.

For three years he served as a faculty member at state-run Incheon University.

On July 25, 2011 Dr. Huh received an ¡°Emperor¡¯s Award¡± from the Japanese Embassy in Seoul for his contribution to the economic cooperation between Japan and Korea.

Dr. Huh can be contacted by his cell phone 010-4725-3689 or his Email njhuh1211@hanmail.net




 

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