Anti-Korean Sentiment Simmers in Japan
By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
Alongside rising tensions between their governments, ethnic Koreans living in Japan face daily discrimination and bullying.
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.
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.
What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?
By Daisuke Akimoto
The spirit of the Kono Statement will be welcomed by Beijing and Seoul - if Kono Taro truly intends to follow in his father's footsteps.
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
By Thisanka Siripala
Emperor Akihito, known for his emphasis on reconciliation and peace, gave his last speech at Japan’s annual ceremony for WWII dead.
Little to Celebrate on 20th Anniversary of Obuchi-Kim Declaration
By Jeff Kingston
In 1998, Japan and South Korea agreed to “build a future-oriented relationship based on reconciliation.” What went wrong?
Using Education to Make Japan Great Again?
By Richard Solomon
The rise of authoritarian tendencies in Japanese schools is a worrying trend.
The Quest to Revise Japan's Constitution
By Koji Sonoda
The Japan Conference is shaping public opinion using grassroots methods, in tandem with PM Shinzo Abe’s strategy.
Are Korea and Japan Headed for a Thaw?
By John Power
The Park-Abe meeting was encouraging, but there are structural issues that still need to be addressed.
'Comfort Women' Issue Dominates Rare Japan-Korea Bilateral Talks
By Mina Pollmann
South Korea's president wants to reach a final solution by the end of 2015.
How Japan's Emperor (Subtly) Criticized Shinzo Abe
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan's Emperor Akihito appears to be determined to remind his people of the horrors of World War II.
Why You Should Listen to What Japan's Emperor Says on August 15
By Yuki Tatsumi
What we will hear from Emperor Akihito on August 15 will be equally—if not more—important than the Abe Statement.