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UPF-EUME's IAAP, IAPD - International Highway Project
Friday 10 December 2021

his webinar is organised by the International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP), supported by the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), Europe and Middle East.

International Highway Project - contributing to peaceful unification on the Korean Peninsula and linking Korea and Japan through an undersea tunnel

Keynote speaker: Mr. Hirofumi Sato, Chief Director, The International Highway Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

The Zoom link to access the webinar is: https://zoom.us/j/96827993733

Backgrounder:

On December 1st, the European Union unveiled its global infrastructure assistance scheme called ‘Global Gateway’. This should be noted as a very positive attempt in addressing global problems from correspondingly global perspectives. Indeed, the world community desperately needs such bold and extensive undertakings. 

Unlike the post-World War II period, when international reconstruction and re-organization projects were vibrant – such as the Marshall Plan and the United Nations, we have not witnessed similar-scale projects since the Cold War regime ended in the 1990s. In the meantime, the humanity has faced several serious situations such as climate change, the migration crisis and the Corona pandemic, all of which know no borders. 

Thus, China started its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’since 2013. Belatedly in June this year, the G7 rich and democratic nations - supposed to be ‘winners in the Cold War’ - proposed their alternative ‘Build Back Better World’. And now the EU joined them.   

Exactly 40 years ago in 1981, the founder of Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Dr. Sun Myung Moon of Korea, had advocated ‘International Highway Project’ at an international academic conference. His faith-based vision focuses on narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor of the world by linking them with a high-tech road system with free zones along the route. 

Dr. Moon’s proposal has been heeded initially in Japan and South Korea, through ‘Undersea Tunnel Project’ linking the two nations. This project idea increasingly draws strong attention from South Korea’s political leaders and the public. Recently, Mr. Jim Rogers, one of leading global investors, publicly commended the project.  In Japan, the International Highway Foundation has carried out extensive tunnel-related surveys and the experimental digging of a 500-meter inclined shaft into the sea. 

The speaker, Mr. Hirofumi Sato, will elaborate on why he sees the project as a threshold to a new civilization. He will elucidate the case with Europe’s own history from Roman Roads, a crucial infrastructure for Pax Romana, as well as the contemporary experiments with the EU and the Schengen Zone. His presentation may offer a quantum-leap momentum to the discussions on the above global infrastructure projects.

His speech will be given in English. A video on the project will also be shown.