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After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?
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.

Seoul Court Rejects Slave Labor Claim Against Japanese Firms
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.
Despite Political Tensions, Japan’s ‘Demon Slayer’ Tops South Korean Book Market and Box Office
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.

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal
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.

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom
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.

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. 
The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden
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.

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.

How the US Can Mediate the Japan-South Korea Dispute
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.

South Korea’s Fight Against the ‘Sea of Japan’ Pays Off 
November 23, 2020

South Korea’s Fight Against the ‘Sea of Japan’ Pays Off 

By Mitch Shin
The country’s long battle for co-use of the names “East Sea” and “Sea of Japan” is over as the IHO decided to adopt a new numerical system.
South Korea and Japan Continue to Struggle to Bridge Their Differences
November 11, 2020

South Korea and Japan Continue to Struggle to Bridge Their Differences

By Troy Stangarone
A spate of recent exchanges could be seen as an accomplishment in and of itself, but there has been little concrete progress toward a solution on the forced labor issue.

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