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Date : March 17, 2021

Video report: Japanese-South Korean Relations in 2021 (Dr. Kan Kimura, Kobe Univ. Professor/Director of Center for Asian Academic Collaboration)

post date : 2021.03.17

Although Japanese-South Korean relations have cooled due to issues surrounding former civilian workers from the Korean Peninsula and comfort women, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated earlier this year that he recognized the agreement between Japan and South Korea on comfort women as an official agreement, possibly a sign that he would like to improve relations. The new Biden administration which began in January has also indicated that they intend to emphasize cooperation between the US, Japan, and South Korea, in another sign of change for the situation between Japan and South Korea.


How will the Suga administration, which began last year with the intent to carry on the Abe administration’s foreign policy, work to improve relations with South Korea, which are also critically important from a security perspective? The FPCJ invited Dr. Kan Kimura, a professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) and the director of the Center for Asian Academic Collaboration at Kobe University who specializes in comparative politics and the Korean Peninsula, to discuss the future of Japanese-South Korean relations in 2021. 


The briefing had a total of 37 participants including journalists from Germany, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and the US.

Handouts (English ver.)   Reference article(English ver.)     

Handouts (Japanese ver.) Reference article(Japanese ver.)

■Date: March 17 (Wed), 2021, 14:00-15:30

■Briefer: Dr. Kan Kimura, Professor of Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS)/

                Director of Center for Asian Academic Collaboration, Kobe University

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation 


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