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Historical issues in Northeast Asia

Does Japan’s Kishida Fumio Deserve the ‘Profiles in Courage’ Award?

Does Japan’s Kishida Fumio Deserve the ‘Profiles in Courage’ Award?

By Jio Kamata
So far, South Korea's President Yoon has been more proactive in advancing the relationship – and more willing to tolerate political risks at home.

Will Japan and South Korea Issue a New Joint Declaration?

Will Japan and South Korea Issue a New Joint Declaration?

By Takahashi Kosuke
In comments to The Diplomat, Prime Minister Kishida refrained from predictions about a second joint declaration to update one issued a quarter of a century ago.
Where Does Japan Fit Into South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?

Where Does Japan Fit Into South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Shu Fukuya
Establishing a strategic relationship has become an urgent task to address threats to the stability of the Indo-Pacific region, but significant obstacles remain.

Why Won’t Japan Apologize in a Way That Satisfies South Korea?

Why Won’t Japan Apologize in a Way That Satisfies South Korea?

By Jio Kamata
Again and again, Japanese prime ministers have hesitated to go against the powerful conservative faction to offer a direct apology for Japan's colonial period.

How the Japan-South Korea Normalization Reshaped Both Countries

How the Japan-South Korea Normalization Reshaped Both Countries

By Shu Fukuya
Tokyo's economic aid to Seoul laid the foundations of a new development model – but it had a dark side as well.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

South Korean President Holds Meeting With Japanese Prime Minister in Seoul

South Korean President Holds Meeting With Japanese Prime Minister in Seoul

By Mitch Shin
For the first time in 12 years, the Japanese prime minister visited Seoul for a bilateral meeting with the South Korean president. 

The Japan-South Korea Thaw Is Far From a Done Deal

The Japan-South Korea Thaw Is Far From a Done Deal

By Jio Kamata
Japan's Kishida and South Korea's Yoon are ready to mend relations, but both leaders face problems back home.
South Korea Announces Plan to Resolve Forced Labor Disputes With Japan

South Korea Announces Plan to Resolve Forced Labor Disputes With Japan

By Chelsie Alexandre
The Yoon administration's plan to resolve forced labor disputes with Japan is already sparking controversy at home.

South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims

South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims

By Kim Tong-hyung
Ties between the two U.S. Asian allies have long been complicated by grievances related to Japan's brutal rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle

By Mitch Shin
Yoon emphasized his support for “freedom” in a U.N. General Assembly address, but most attention focused on the dimming chances of a summit with Japan’s Kishida Fumio. 
Shifting World War II Memory in East Asia Signals Newly Emerging Global Alliances

Shifting World War II Memory in East Asia Signals Newly Emerging Global Alliances

By Vincent K. L. Chang
With tensions rising in the Indo-Pacific, Beijing’s new triumphalism takes aim at one-time ally U.S., while Washington and its regional partners embrace former foe Japan’s historical revisionism.

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