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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.

Will Japan-South Korea Relations Ever Get Back on Track?
November 25, 2021

Will Japan-South Korea Relations Ever Get Back on Track?

By Yuki Tatsumi
There has been a fundamental shift in the dynamics surrounding Japan-South Korea relations, with both sides hardening their approach.

What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?
November 18, 2021

What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?

By Mitch Shin
Along with their different policies on North Korea, the two candidates also have different perspectives on Japan. 

A New Flashpoint in Japan-Korea Relations
November 16, 2021

A New Flashpoint in Japan-Korea Relations

By SAKAMOTO Shigeki
Misgivings over the Korean Supreme Court’s ruling in September 2021.
Will Japan’s Kishida Take Relations With the Koreas in a New Direction?
October 05, 2021

Will Japan’s Kishida Take Relations With the Koreas in a New Direction?

By Jason Bartlett
Kishida looks likely to maintain a typical Japanese approach to the two Koreas.

South Korea and the Tokyo Olympics
July 30, 2021

South Korea and the Tokyo Olympics

By Jenna Gibson
Even while Koreans cheer on their athletes, the tensions between Japan and South Korea are bringing a political tint to the Games.

President Moon Decides Against Olympic Visit to Japan
July 20, 2021

President Moon Decides Against Olympic Visit to Japan

By Mitch Shin
After a Japanese senior diplomat’s lewd comment about Moon was reported, South Korea decided to stop negotiating with Japan over a presidential summit in Tokyo. 

South Korea and Japan Must Stop Politicizing the Olympic Games
July 13, 2021

South Korea and Japan Must Stop Politicizing the Olympic Games

By Eunjung Irene Oh
President Moon’s potential visit to Tokyo is the object of a diplomatic tug-of-war. Both sides should treat it as an opportunity, not a bargaining chip.
What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia
June 15, 2021

What the G-7 Summit in Cornwall Means for Asia

By Duncan Bartlett
Besides seeing a stronger stance emerge on China, the summit had implications for the North Korea issue as well as Japan-South Korea relations.

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