Roh Daniel
  • Roh Daniel 
  • By this author: 4 Latest posted: 2016.02.05
Political economist, scholar of Asian history, and writer. Born in Seoul. Earned a PhD in comparative political economy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Has held academic positions including assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, lecturer for the People’s Bank of China, research fellow at Hitotsubashi University, and foreign research fellow at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Currently a researcher at Kyoto Sangyo University, a position he assumed in 2014. Books published in Japan include Takeshima mitsuyaku (The Takeshima Secret Pact; 2008). Currently at work on a book titled Nikkan kankei no genshō to shinri: 1965–2015 (Image and Reality of Japan-Korean Relations: 1965–2015).
Surprise Agreement on Comfort Women Issue and the Blowback in South Korea2016.02.05

December 2015 was a historic month for the relationship between Japan and South Korea. December 18 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries, and one week later, on December 25, Japan’s foreign minister suddenly announced that he planned to visit South Korea. Following a meeting between him and his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Decembe…

Understanding North Korea Through Money-Flow Mechanisms2015.02.13

North Korea’s special investigation on the Japanese abductees ended on October 29, 2014, with no meaningful achievements, leaving only a sour aftertaste for the Japanese. Expectations had been rather high in Japan, as Pyongyang announced with great fanfare that the mission would be carried out by the State Security Department, the infamous and veiled ideology-policing agency. But the outcome sho…

Chilling Changes in the Japan–South Korea Relationship2014.10.21

“In 10 years, even the rivers and mountains change.” This saying is deeply imprinted on the Korean psyche. If we accept this idea, then perhaps we have no call to rue the changes that have taken place in the post–World War II relationship between Japan and Korea. After all, the world of human affairs is even more variable than the world of nature. Half a century has passed since the normalization …

Ferry Disaster Deals a Blow to Korean Confidence2014.05.12

US President Barack Obama visited South Korea on April 25 and 26, immediately after his two-night, three-day state visit to Japan. But the timing of his trip to Seoul could hardly have been worse. He arrived not long after the tragic capsizing of a Korean ferry, the Sewol, in the Yellow Sea off the southwest Korean coast. Obama touched down in Seoul to find President Park Geun-hye and her fellow…

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