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  • The Challenges Before Shinzo Abe

    Rebuilding Japan’s foreign policy will be another challenge for the Abe Administration, especially in view of the rising tension between Japan and its neighbouring states - China and South Korea – over territorial disputes.

    December 20, 2012

    Japan, South Korean War Memories and Territorial Disputes: A Dangerous Mix

    Despite the generational change, the war memories continue to adversely affect foreign policy and feelings of slight, disrespect, and disparagement could well assume a latent credence that ignites national outrage and dislocates the fragile power equilibrium in the region.

    August 27, 2012

    Japan-South Korea Diplomatic Standoff over Takeshima/Dokdo

    Irritants like the Dokdo/Takeshima issue, if allowed to linger further, will affect Japan-South Korea relations including the security cooperation they have envisaged given common regional security concerns.

    August 14, 2012

    "Comfort Women" issue: A constant irritant in Japan-South Korea Relations

    The issue of “comfort women” continues to haunt Japan’s relations with its neighbour, South Korea. Koreans are unable to forget the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the long colonial rule from 1910-1945 over the entire Korean peninsula.

    December 22, 2011

    Japan-South Korea Spat over Takeshima/Dokdo

    If allowed to fester, the territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea will have serious repercussions for East Asian security.

    August 10, 2011

    Inter-Korea Dialogue versus Japan-South Korea Military Engagement

    North Korea’s offer of a dialogue is unlikely to elicit a positive response from South Korea which instead is militarily drawing closer to Japan to enhance deterrence.

    January 14, 2011

    Japan mulls granting right to franchise to permanent foreign residents

    To gain the trust of Seoul and Beijing, the DPJ government plans to present a bill in the Diet for granting the right of franchise to foreign nationals registered as permanent residents, a majority of whom are South Korean and Chinese.

    January 21, 2010

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