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South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister
September 22, 2022

South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister

By Mitch Shin
While Yoon failed to hold a formal summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, he succeeded in having an “informal meeting” with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. 

Hitting Reset on Japan-South Korea Relations
August 09, 2022

Hitting Reset on Japan-South Korea Relations

By Jessie Laufer
With relatively new governments and a pressing threat from North Korea, the timing to renew Seoul and Tokyo ties is better now than it has been in years.
Abe Leaves Behind Complex Legacy in Japan’s Neighborhood
July 22, 2022

Abe Leaves Behind Complex Legacy in Japan’s Neighborhood

By Hemant Adlakha
Much of the West is eulogizing the former Japanese prime minister. In China and South Korea, reactions are far less positive.

Can South Korea Mend Ties With Japan?
July 21, 2022

Can South Korea Mend Ties With Japan?

By Mitch Shin
The Yoon administration has expressed a strong willingness to improve bilateral ties with Japan, but Tokyo seems unwilling to budge on the central issues. 

Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Agree to Improve Ties
July 18, 2022

Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Agree to Improve Ties

By Yuri Kageyama and Hyung-jin Kim
Park Jin became the first South Korean foreign minister to visit Tokyo since 2019.

South Korea Takes a Step in Efforts to Repair Relations With Japan
July 14, 2022

South Korea Takes a Step in Efforts to Repair Relations With Japan

By Troy Stangarone
With a new consultative body to address forced labor issues, the Yoon administration is seeking to prevent the issues that scuttled the 2015 "comfort women" agreement.

Japan’s NATO Outreach Bears Fruit
July 07, 2022

Japan’s NATO Outreach Bears Fruit

By Mina Pollmann
Prime Minister Kishida's emphasis on unity with NATO over Russia paid off with recognition of China as a challenge to NATO's interests and security.
Japan-South Korea Tensions on Display at NATO Summit
July 05, 2022

Japan-South Korea Tensions on Display at NATO Summit

By Duncan Bartlett
A meeting between the leaders of Japan and South Korea has shown the issues that divide them, including North Korea.

South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral
May 11, 2022

South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral

By Eunil Cho
New President Yoon Suk-yeol has been clear about his intentions. Putting rhetoric into practice will prove more difficult, but not impossible.

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration
May 07, 2022

Japan’s Foreign Minister to Attend South Korean President’s Inauguration

By Mari Yamaguchi
The decision to send Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa to Seoul signals Japan’s willingness to improve dialogue with South Korea. President-elect Yoon has made similar overtures.

Japan Cautiously Welcomes South Korean President-Elect
March 11, 2022

Japan Cautiously Welcomes South Korean President-Elect

By Mari Yamaguchi
Tensions between the two are frozen over, but president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has spoken of his interest in a thaw.
Is There a Kishida Doctrine?
December 23, 2021

Is There a Kishida Doctrine?

By Jeff Kingston
Even from retirement, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo continues to cast a long shadow over Japan’s foreign policy.

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