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UpComing this month
UPF-UK's IAPD webinar - Toward an Undersea Tunnel Connecting Japan and Korea
Monday 26 April 2021


Zoom webinar: 8:00 am (BST), Monday, April 26


Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) International Association for Peace and Economic Development

‘Toward An Undersea Tunnel Connecting Japan and Korea: 

Lessons from the Eurotunnel and the Marmaray Tunnel.’

Zoom Webinar: 8:00 am (BST), Monday, April 26th, 2021

Draft Programme:

Moderator: Robin Marsh, Secretary General, UPF - UK

Welcome Remarks: Mr. Masayoshi Kajikuri, Chairman, International Highway Project, UPF Japan

Korean Representative of the Tunnel Project in Busan 

Prof. Yoshimitsu Nishikawa Professor, Toyo University

Ms. Gözde Dizdar Vice President, Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International, Turkey

Prof. Rodger Vickerman, Emeritus Professor, School of Economics, University of Kent and Visiting Professor and Chair, Transport Strategy Centre, Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

Concluding Remarks: Jacques Marion, Co-Chairman of Europe and the Middle East UPF


In a mayoral election campaign in South Korea's second largest and southern city, Busan, a futuristic project for an undersea tunnel linking Korea and Japan was heatedly debated against the backdrop of the sour relations between the two most democratic and free economies in the Far East.

The project idea was proposed four decades ago, as a part of an international highway vision, by the co-founders of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. As world-renowned peacemakers, their proposal is beyond worldly politics. It aims at harmonious bilateral relations across the strait, enhancing a possible reunification of the divided peninsula, and eventually contributing to a wider free economic zone throughout East Asia and beyond. As the election heat has now cooled, the project may now receive the calmer contemplation it deserves as it may offer one of the ingredients for the peace, stability and prosperity for the nations of East Asia. 

The extent to which the prospects for peace, stability and prosperity can be enhanced by means of an undersea tunnel can be examined in two cases. The first is the Marmaray Tunnel (as well as the later Eurasian tunnel) across the Bosporus Strait dividing Asia and Europe in Istanbul (Turkey).

The second is the Strait of Dover where the Eurotunnel had to overcome formidable historical and political hurdles between Britain and France. Once completed, however, the tunnel transformed the area's geographic features. Even after Brexit, Britain is bound with continental Europe in every way other than the European Union’s systems. 

Join us for this informative look at the proposal of the Japan - Korea Undersea Tunnel. Register and we will send you the zoom link shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh

Secretary General

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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