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Time for Tokyo and Seoul to lay a foundation that takes relations in a positive direction
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Time for Tokyo and Seoul to lay a foundation that takes relations in a positive direction

Abigail Bard explains how Japan and South Korea can use the current moment to set a new, positive direction for bilateral relations.

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  • Abigail Bard

After Fumio Kishida took office as the new prime minister of Japan on Oct. 4, South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a congratulatory letter highlighting the two countries’ shared values and calling for cooperation, and his administration then gave climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic as examples of global issues to work together on.

Kishida did not match this enthusiasm: At his inaugural policy speech, he instead reaffirmed a hard-line position on improving relations that requires Seoul to change its stance on the issues at the core of the two countries’ diplomatic impasse.

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Abigail Bard

Policy Analyst, Asia