Unlocking the Japan-ROK relationship: the key is national identity

International relations Diplomacy Japan Korea (South) Asia-Pacific

In 2015 the relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) seems at near rock-bottom. This presents fundamental challenges to the US rebalance strategy and threatens to undermine the security and stability US allies rely on. This new paper by two of America’s leading Asia scholars is drawn from their newly released book on the relationship. The authors offer policy insights and suggestions for how all regional partners of the ROK and Japan can help mend this vital relationship.

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