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The Constraints and Drivers of Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

MIN READSep 5, 2022 | 14:00 GMT

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (left) and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attend a meeting in Tokyo on July 18, 2022.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (left) and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attend a meeting in Tokyo on July 18, 2022.

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Foreign and domestic constraints will limit the scope of the ongoing rapprochement between South Korea and Japan, though steps to normalize trade relations and increase intelligence sharing are likely in the years ahead. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is attempting to make good on his campaign promise to restore and re-normalize relations with Japan, with Park Jin, the South Korean Foreign Minister, regularly meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Yoshimasa Hayashi, to find ways to resolve bilateral disagreements. ...

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