Yoon’s domestic efforts on Korea-Japan issues have already demonstrated the challenges of coming up with a resolution acceptable to the South Korean public.
Koreans and Japanese need to overcome the past and join hands to meet the challenges of the future. Currently, the ball is in South Korea and...
UNESCO has pointed out inadequacies in the nomination documentation submitted by Japan in this cycle. The next opportunity will come two years from now.
The wartime labor issue was resolved under a 1965 international agreement between Japan and South Korea establishing relations and settling all war era claims.
There was no forced labor. South Koreans volunteered to go to the Japanese home islands in droves for better pay and plentiful job opportunities.
The failure to listen to island residents and experts with contradicting views contributes to one-sided reporting that perpetuates falsehoods and damages bilateral relations.
A major policy shift is expected with Yoon Suk-yeol's declaration not to repeat the past mistake of dividing South Koreans between “pro-Japanese” and “anti-Japanese” camps.
Japan should not let South Korea’s lies block the World Heritage Site listing of the Tokugawa-era industrial site.
If Japan defers the recommendation, it would mean acknowledging South Korea’s inaccurate claims that forced labor happened on the island.
The role of the Tokyo-based Industrial Heritage Information Center is to provide accurate primary sources and testimonies. We have no intention of changing this principle.
The cycle of lawsuits against Japan seems endless. Perhaps not surprising, given the President’s focus on the distant past, rather than on pressing current concerns.
Many South Koreans fail to comprehend why President Moon was ignored by Japan. The explanation is simple.