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What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?
November 18, 2021

What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?

By Mitch Shin
Along with their different policies on North Korea, the two candidates also have different perspectives on Japan. 

Why Did the 2015 Japan-Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Fall Apart?
November 18, 2021

Why Did the 2015 Japan-Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Fall Apart?

By Yuji Hosaka
The agreement was flawed from the beginning, and continued denialism from the Japanese government undermined its spirit.
Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels
February 16, 2021

Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels

By Mitch Shin
While U.S. scholars and politicians criticized the article, it was defended by far-right activists in Japan – and South Korea.

Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision
January 26, 2021

Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision

By Mitch Shin
The Japanese government rejected a court ruling on compensation for South Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II. 

Seoul Court Orders Japan to Compensate 12 Korean Sex Slaves
January 09, 2021

Seoul Court Orders Japan to Compensate 12 Korean Sex Slaves

By Associated Press
The ruling recalls the 2018 judgment on forced labor that sparked a trade war between Japan and South Korea.

Abe Shinzo’s Legacy in South Korea
September 04, 2020

Abe Shinzo’s Legacy in South Korea

By Kyle Ferrier
South Korea-Japan ties during Abe’s tenure can probably best be described as persistent lows, punctuated by what have proved to be mostly ephemeral highs

South Korean NGO’s Role in Supporting ‘Comfort Women’ Questioned
May 13, 2020

South Korean NGO’s Role in Supporting ‘Comfort Women’ Questioned

By Tae-jun Kang
Accusations from a former victim of pilfered donations have sparked controversy.
Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’
January 10, 2020

Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’

By Esther Brito Ruiz
The survivors of Japanese sexual slavery started a pioneering human rights movement combating sexual abuse.

Why the 'Comfort Women' Issue Still Matters, 70 Years Later
June 19, 2018

Why the 'Comfort Women' Issue Still Matters, 70 Years Later

By Hiroka Shoji
The refusal to adequately address past atrocities permeates how women are viewed in Japanese society today.

Confronting Korea’s Censored Discourse on Comfort Women
January 31, 2018

Confronting Korea’s Censored Discourse on Comfort Women

By Joseph Yi
Controversy over the comfort women is partly rooted in a Manichean worldview dividing people into innocents and oppressors.

The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   
January 11, 2018

The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   

By Yuki Tatsumi
After months of speculation, Moon's administration decides to keep to the 2015 agreement.
Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement
December 30, 2017

Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement

By Yukari Easton
South Korea's Moon Jae-in has domestic political reasons for reopening the agreement.

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