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History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement
September 29, 2022

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle
September 21, 2022

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle

By Mitch Shin
Yoon emphasized his support for “freedom” in a U.N. General Assembly address, but most attention focused on the dimming chances of a summit with Japan’s 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.

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.

After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?
June 10, 2021

After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?

By Troy Stangarone
The Seoul Central District Court ruling might help lower temperatures, but a political solution is needed to improve South Korea’s relations with Japan.
Seoul Court Rejects Slave Labor Claim Against Japanese Firms
June 08, 2021

Seoul Court Rejects Slave Labor Claim Against Japanese Firms

By Kim Tong-Hyung
The decision seemed to contradict 2018 Supreme Courts rulings against Japanese firms, which had enraged Tokyo.

How the US Can Mediate the Japan-South Korea Dispute
December 16, 2020

How the US Can Mediate the Japan-South Korea Dispute

By Xuan Dung Phan
The Biden administration must avoid the fundamental flaw of previous reparations arrangements: prioritizing state interests over victims’ concerns.

South Korea and Japan Continue to Struggle to Bridge Their Differences
November 11, 2020

South Korea and Japan Continue to Struggle to Bridge Their Differences

By Troy Stangarone
A spate of recent exchanges could be seen as an accomplishment in and of itself, but there has been little concrete progress toward a solution on the forced labor issue.

The Japan-Korea Dispute Over the 1965 Agreement
October 23, 2020

The Japan-Korea Dispute Over the 1965 Agreement

By Jinyul Ju
In fact, the agreement makes the path to resolution quite clear.
Japan, South Korea Hold Export Talks in Search of Dispute Solution
December 17, 2019

Japan, South Korea Hold Export Talks in Search of Dispute Solution

By Associated Press
The talks were an attempt to unravel Japan’s export restrictions on South Korea, one facet of a larger chill in bilateral relations.

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