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Japan and South Korea: Doomed to Mutual Distrust?

Two years have now passed since the last summit meeting between Japan and South Korea in December 2011. In this series of articles, we look at the reasons for the deterioration in bilateral ties and consider ways to get the relationship back on track.

Korean Courts Order Japanese Firms to Compensate Wartime Laborers: Background to the RulingsKokubun Noriko

South Korean courts have recently issued several rulings ordering Japanese corporations to compensate wartime forced laborers. Tsukuba University Professor Kokubun Noriko examines the background to these rulings.
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Why Can’t Seoul and Tokyo Get Along?Kimura Kan

The current severe chill in Japan–South Korea relations contrasts with the relative warmth when Abe Shinzō started his first term as prime minister in 2006. The causes of the difference lie in the changes that have occurred in South Korea’s circumstances in the interim.
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The Strategic US-Japan-Korea Triangle: Emerging Perils and Prospects for CooperationKent Calder

Developments over the past two decades have made the challenge of trilateral cooperation more difficult for the United States and its two Northeast Asian partners, Japan and South Korea. Washington should promote major initiatives to improve the three-way relationships.
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