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Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
November 10, 2018
Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
Japan wants South Korea to undo a court ruling granting compensation to victims of World War II-era forced labor.
Forced Labor Court Decision Opens Rift in Japan-South Korea Ties
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
October 12, 2018
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
The dispute once again illustrates the extent to which history plagues modern Japan-South Korea relations.
Facing 'Rising Sun' Flag Row, Japan Withdraws From International Fleet Review
Little to Celebrate on 20th Anniversary of Obuchi-Kim Declaration
August 04, 2018
Little to Celebrate on 20th Anniversary of Obuchi-Kim Declaration
In 1998, Japan and South Korea agreed to “build a future-oriented relationship based on reconciliation.” What went wrong?
Little to Celebrate on 20th Anniversary of Obuchi-Kim Declaration
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
May 17, 2018
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
May 12, 2018
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
After a two-year hiatus, the once-annual forum reconvenes amid rapid developments on the Korean Peninsula.
China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral (Finally) Meets Again
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
May 08, 2018
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
Wednesday’s trilateral summit will add momentum to — and raise the stakes for — the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting.
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
April 09, 2018
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
Kim Yong-jae, from the China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, reflects on the upcoming flurry of summits.
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
Nobody Puts Japan in the Corner
April 05, 2018
Nobody Puts Japan in the Corner
How Tokyo can make its way to the North Korean negotiating table.
Nobody Puts Japan in the Corner
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
March 23, 2018
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
The Japanese prime minister has put serious effort into diplomacy near and far -- but will it pay off?
Abe’s Charm Offensive – Is There a Second Act?
Japan-South Korea: So Close, Yet So Far
February 28, 2018
Japan-South Korea: So Close, Yet So Far
The roots of national identity for each state hinders deeper cooperation between them.
Japan-South Korea: So Close, Yet So Far
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
February 07, 2018
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
Japan lodges protest over Inter-Korean Winter Olympic Unification Flag.
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
January 25, 2018
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
Abe will make a statement on the "comfort women" issue while in South Korea.
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   
January 11, 2018
The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   
After months of speculation, Moon's administration decides to keep to the 2015 agreement.
The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   
Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement
December 30, 2017
Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement
South Korea's Moon Jae-in has domestic political reasons for reopening the agreement.
Japan Must Not Renegotiate the Comfort Women Agreement
South Korea and the Quad: Missing Out or Opting Out?
December 23, 2017
South Korea and the Quad: Missing Out or Opting Out?
Seoul’s absence from a revived Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is unfortunate, yet perfectly logical.
South Korea and the Quad: Missing Out or Opting Out?
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
May 29, 2017
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
A reopening (yet again) of the comfort women issue could threaten cooperation on defense issues.
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
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