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Little to Celebrate on 20th Anniversary of Obuchi-Kim Declaration
August 04, 2018

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?

Japan's History Wars Aren't Over with Abe's Speech
October 29, 2015

Japan's History Wars Aren't Over with Abe's Speech

By Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Recent events raise questions about Abe's commitment to upholding past apologies.
Yomiuri Shimbun Apologizes on Comfort Women Issue
December 04, 2014

Yomiuri Shimbun Apologizes on Comfort Women Issue

By Ricky Hough
The right-wing newspaper apologizes for calling WWII sex slaves….sex slaves.

Stumbling Blocks to Japan-South Korea Ties
October 15, 2014

Stumbling Blocks to Japan-South Korea Ties

By Clint Richards
Low-level, non-vital issues continue to hold meaningful dialogue just out of reach.

Could Japan Still Revise Comfort Women Statement?
October 09, 2014

Could Japan Still Revise Comfort Women Statement?

By Clint Richards
Statements from within the ruling LDP suggest that the Kono Statement may not be the final word.

Japan and India to Sign ‘Two-Plus-Two’ Dialogue Mechanism
August 22, 2014

Japan and India to Sign ‘Two-Plus-Two’ Dialogue Mechanism

By Clint Richards
Plus signs of thawing Sino-Japanese relations. Weekend Japan foreign policy links.

Pope Francis Meets Korean ‘Comfort Women’
August 19, 2014

Pope Francis Meets Korean ‘Comfort Women’

By Shannon Tiezzi
On his last day in South Korea, the pope greeted Korean "comfort women."
Possible Thaw in Chilly South Korean-Japanese Relations
July 24, 2014

Possible Thaw in Chilly South Korean-Japanese Relations

By Clint Richards
Tokyo is moving on several fronts as it seeks to smooth over last month’s Kono Statement review.

The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances
July 03, 2014

The Shifting Sands of Northeast Asia’s Alliances

By Clint Richards
China worries about a potential loss of control over Pyongyang, as Japan and North Korea make nice.

South Korea and the Trilateral Dilemma
June 28, 2014

South Korea and the Trilateral Dilemma

By Se Young Jang
Can Seoul overcome domestic sentiment on Japan and agree to trilateral cooperation on military intelligence sharing?

Japanese Report on the Kono Statement Draws Ire From Seoul, Beijing
June 24, 2014

Japanese Report on the Kono Statement Draws Ire From Seoul, Beijing

By Shannon Tiezzi
A Japanese government panel released the results of its investigation into the origins of the 1993 Kono statement.
Japan and South Korea Leave Money on the Table
June 20, 2014

Japan and South Korea Leave Money on the Table

By Clint Richards
Their history of territorial and wartime disputes continues to prevent wider cooperation on shared goals in the region.

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