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In Japan’s Neighbors, Fear and Frustration Over Radioactive Water Release

In Japan’s Neighbors, Fear and Frustration Over Radioactive Water Release

By Hyung-jin Kim
Many foreign experts said the water discharge will have a negligible impact on the environment and human health, but Japan’s neighbors remain worried.
Time for a Japan-Korea Élysée Treaty

Time for a Japan-Korea Élysée Treaty

By IWAMA Yoko
The two East Asian nations should take inspiration from landmark treaty in Europe.

South Korea Endorses Japan’s Plan to Release Fukushima Wastewater, But Citizens’ Fears Persist

South Korea Endorses Japan’s Plan to Release Fukushima Wastewater, But Citizens’ Fears Persist

By Kim Tong-hyung
South Korean government officials and scientists insist that contamination levels would be within acceptable safety standards. The public isn’t convinced.

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.

Japan Will Reinstate South Korea as Preferred Trade Nation as Two Sides Improve Ties

Japan Will Reinstate South Korea as Preferred Trade Nation as Two Sides Improve Ties

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan’s tightening of trade controls against Seoul in 2019 was widely seen as retaliation for a South Korean court ruling on World War II-era forced labor.
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.

The China Factor in Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

The China Factor in Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Corey Lee Bell, Elena Collinson, and Xunpeng Shi
Long-running trade rivalries between the two nations are now being eclipsed by the common threat posed by China’s economic transformation.
Planned Fukushima Water Release Adds a New Wrinkle to Japan-South Korea Ties

Planned Fukushima Water Release Adds a New Wrinkle to Japan-South Korea Ties

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan prepares to release treated water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, it battles harsh criticism from South Korea.

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.

Leaders of Japan, South Korea to Visit Memorial to Korean Victims of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

Leaders of Japan, South Korea to Visit Memorial to Korean Victims of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

By Takahashi Kosuke
A visit by Kishida and Yoon to the Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the A-bomb will mark a watershed in the historic reconciliation between the two nations.

Momentum Building in the Japan-South Korea Partnership 

Momentum Building in the Japan-South Korea Partnership 

By Kyoko Imai
Asia’s two leading democracies have no choice but to put their historical differences aside. That’s clear from recent engagement between Kishida and Yoon. 
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.

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