November 25, 2021
Will Japan-South Korea Relations Ever Get Back on Track?
By Yuki Tatsumi
There has been a fundamental shift in the dynamics surrounding Japan-South Korea relations, with both sides hardening their approach.
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.
June 10, 2021
After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?
By Troy Stangarone
The Seoul Central District Court ruling might help lower temperatures, but a political solution is needed to improve South Korea’s relations with Japan.
June 08, 2021
Seoul Court Rejects Slave Labor Claim Against Japanese Firms
By Kim Tong-Hyung
The decision seemed to contradict 2018 Supreme Courts rulings against Japanese firms, which had enraged Tokyo.
May 01, 2021
Despite Political Tensions, Japan’s ‘Demon Slayer’ Tops South Korean Book Market and Box Office
By Seoho Lee
While relations have soured, pop culture exchanges are going strong – in both directions.
February 23, 2021
On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal
By Yong-Shik Lee and Chan Un Park
Academic freedom does not protect outright falsehoods and distortions.
February 18, 2021
On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom
By Joseph Yi and Joe Phillips
The recent controversy over a Harvard professor’s article showcases how limited the space for debate and discussion on the issue has become.
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.
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.
January 14, 2021
The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden
By Erik French, Jiyoon Kim, and Jihoon Yu
Past history gives a blueprint the incoming administration can use to push for better relations between two important East Asian allies.
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.
December 16, 2020
How the US Can Mediate the Japan-South Korea Dispute
By Xuan Dung Phan
The Biden administration must avoid the fundamental flaw of previous reparations arrangements: prioritizing state interests over victims’ concerns.