Japan-South Korea relations

Tokyo reacts to anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Reuters

The attitudes of Japanese people and government have “gone beyond resentment” towards South Korea as a result of the anti-Japanese feeling that is being whipped up by Seoul, according to a professor of international relations.

Thursday, 21 November, 2013, 2:11pm

Japan's prime minister calls South Korea a 'foolish country': magazine report

Conservative Japanese weekly Shukan Bunshun reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called South Korea a "foolish country". Photo: Screen grab via Yonhap News.

South Korean internet users are fuming after a conservative Japanese magazine reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called South Korea a "foolish country".

"China is an absurd country but it still knows diplomacy. Korea is a foolish country that isn't even able to negotiate," said Abe, according to a report published on Thursday in the Shukan Bunshun.

15 Nov 2013 - 2:25pm 5 comments

South Korea's complaint about US use of term 'Sea of Japan' is dismissed

South Korea's complaint about US use of term 'Sea of Japan' is dismissed

Academics and the Japanese government have dismissed the complaint by South Korea's defence ministry about US Forces Korea referring to the body of water between the Korean peninsula and Japan as the "Sea of Japan".

21 May 2013 - 3:35am

Osaka mayor to apologise to former wartime 'comfort women'

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Photo: AP

The maverick mayor of Osaka will meet former wartime sex slaves, reports said yesterday after he pledged to apologise to them, although insisting that Japan's soldiers were not unique in brutalising women.

17 May 2013 - 1:46am

Abe training jet photo sparks outrage in South Korean media

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses in a T-4 military training plane on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military trainer jet on their front pages yesterday, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities.

16 May 2013 - 2:58am 1 comment

Park's decision to visit China to be seen as snub by Japan

South Korean President Park Geun-hye at Seoul airport as she left for Washington last week for talks with Barack Obama.Photo: EPA

There has been no official comment from the Japanese government about the decision by Park Geun-hye, the new South Korean president, to make China her first diplomatic port of call in Asia.

15 May 2013 - 1:43am 1 comment

How they see it

Yasukuni shrine

We have to wonder what the Shinzo Abe administration has in mind when it comes to Japan's strained relations with its neighbours. Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and two cabinet members visited war-related Yasukuni Shrine.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Shinzo Abe should stay away from Yasukuni shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Japanese politicians have a simple enough calculation when deciding whether to honour the country's war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine. To go is an act of nationalism that will win points with right-wing voters, but it is guaranteed to further damage already inflamed relations with China. The more than 170 cabinet ministers and members of parliament who in recent days have made the visit showed how little they regard good ties with Beijing. Amid fresh tensions over the Diaoyu Islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be foolish indeed to follow their lead.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Scholar calls reaction of South Korea and China to Japanese textbooks childish

The Senkaku islands, also known as the Diaoyus. Photo: AFP

A Japanese scholar has branded as "childish" the reactions in South Korea and China to new school textbooks that describe disputed islands as Japanese territory. Japan's Education Ministry on Tuesday approved a range of new textbooks for the school year that starts in April next year, with two geography books and six covering politics and economics stating that the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands and the Takeshima islands, which South Korea calls Dokdo, belong to Japan.

28 Mar 2013 - 2:48am

South Korean sex slaves sue Japanese band Scramble over 'prostitutes' tag

The women are suing Japanese rock band Scramble. Photo: AFP

A CD containing a song with the allegedly defamatory lyrics by the band Scramble was mailed last week - along with a translated text - to a shelter that cares for so-called comfort women in Gwangju, south of Seoul.

5 Mar 2013 - 3:45am

Japan PM wants ‘good relationship’ with S. Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday he wanted a strong relationship with South Korea, which responded angrily over a rally in Japan against Seoul’s control of a set of islands.

23 Feb 2013 - 11:36am

New South Korean, Japanese leaders seek fresh start

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye (right) shakes hands with Fukushiro Nukaga, the special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during their meeting at Park's office in Seoul on Friday. Photo: AP

South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye met on Friday with the envoy of Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as Seoul and Tokyo sought a new start to a relationship dogged by bitter historical disputes.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:46pm

South Korean concerns ahead of Japanese election

Shinzo Abe, head of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Photo: Xinhua

South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan warned yesterday of signs of a rightward shift in Japanese politics, including an increasingly aggressive stance on territorial issues.

Kim's remarks followed last week's decision by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to dissolve parliament and call a general election next month.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:42am

Japanese media calls for stronger government to handle China, South Korea rows

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called a snap election for December 16, but surveys indicate his his Democratic Party of Japan will be defeated. Photo: AFP

Japan needs a strong government to handle rows with China and South Korea as the world is losing patience with the county’s revolving door politics, a major daily said on Sunday.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:07pm

Japan, South Korea plan first formal meeting since islands dispute

The disputed islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: AFP

Japan and South Korea are planning a formal summit later this month, the first meeting since President Lee Myung-Bak angered Tokyo with a surprise visit to a disputed island chain, a report said.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:38am