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The Comfort Women Controversy in the American Public Square

The Comfort Women Controversy in the American Public Square

A prevalent mindset existed, and is deeply rooted, among both the Japanese and American military that women were expected to provide sexual services to their soldiers.

Statue Politics vs. East Asian Security: The Growing Role of China

Statue Politics vs. East Asian Security: The Growing Role of China

China’s goals in jumping on the official comfort women bandwagon are arguably strategic, helping support the growing divide between Japan and Korea.

Korean Civil Society Organizations: Accomplishments and Expectations

Korean Civil Society Organizations: Accomplishments and Expectations

Koreans have drawn parallels between the treatment of the comfort women and the Holocaust, leading Koreans to seek recognition of guilt and accountability from Japan.

The Unusual Case of Taiwan

The Unusual Case of Taiwan

Unlike Korea, Taiwan has built monuments to pay homage to Japan, honoring the contribution that Japan made to Taiwan during the colonial period, including comfort women.

Opposition to Comfort Women Memorials in the United States

Opposition to Comfort Women Memorials in the United States

Many suggest that Japanese crimes pale in comparison to Western imperialism which was not characterized by the progress and prosperity that Japanese colonialism produced.

A Unified Korea: Good for All (Except Japan)

A Unified Korea: Good for All (Except Japan)

If the Koreas gain greater harmony they may focus more overtly on Japan’s past deeds and its present ambitions, directly impacting upon Japan’s ‘middle power‘ status.

Interview – Virginie Grzelczyk

Interview – Virginie Grzelczyk

Virginie Grzelczyk discusses North Korea’s status as a nuclear power, the ways in which they are
“mainstreaming”, and their relationship with South Korea and the US.

Image by M-Louis

Megachurches and the Living Dead: Intersections of Religion & Politics in Korea

The prospect of political change in the North coincides with the potential for religious change in the South, producing a complex and fascinating set of scenarios.

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War at their summit next week amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. The signs read: " Summit meeting between South and North Korea, the United States and North Korea ." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Survival of the US–Japan, US–ROK Alliance under a Potential Peace Treaty

With potential talks of a peace treaty going on among the US, South Korea, North Korea and China, the future of the US–Japan, US–ROK alliance seems to be at stake.

Image by Lawrence Wang

Normalization Negotiations between North Korea and Japan Revisited

Japan is taking preemptive actions to normalize relations with North Korea in light of the upcoming summit talks between Kim and Trump, and negotiations with South Korea.

South Korea’s New President: Into Rough Foreign Policy Waters

South Korea’s New President: Into Rough Foreign Policy Waters

The government of Moon Jae-in faces a number of foreign policy challenges; he may ride a wave of popular support at home – but will have to deal with rougher waters.

South Korea’s Blue House Scandal

South Korea’s Blue House Scandal

Outsiders must understand that what citizens are demanding is not only the removal of a corrupt ruler but also meaningful changes to the economic and political structure.

What is it for? Assessing the South Korea-Japan Deal on the Comfort Women Issue

What is it for? Assessing the South Korea-Japan Deal on the Comfort Women Issue

The South Korean public believe their government made a humiliating deal with Japan. Thus, the comfort women issue continues as an impediment to reconciliation.

Political Apology 2.0:  Japan says Sorry to ‘Comfort Women’ (Again)

Political Apology 2.0: Japan says Sorry to ‘Comfort Women’ (Again)

Grievously wounded subjects are not easily healed and it would be naïve to assume that victims of state aggression will be able to put the past behind them.

How can we face the past seriously? A Comment on the ‘Comfort Women’-Agreement

How can we face the past seriously? A Comment on the ‘Comfort Women’-Agreement

The Japanese government has forced the South Korean government to take responsibility for the situation by repeating almost the same ritual apologies made in the 1990s.

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