A protester in Seoul holds a defaced image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a rally denouncing the Japanese government on July 17. Photo: AP
Joseph Yi
Opinion

Opinion

Joseph Yi

South Korea’s left and Japan’s right have crushed alternative viewpoints, setting up a trade dispute that may not be resolved

  • South Korea’s left wing has long demanded a more aggressive stance on Japan’s imperial actions and stifled any dissent, while Japan’s right has also enforced its own position. With both views now mainstream, slim hopes of mediation remain

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A protester in Seoul holds a defaced image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a rally denouncing the Japanese government on July 17. Photo: AP
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Joseph Yi

Joseph Yi

Joseph Yi is an associate professor of Political Science at Hanyang University. He has authored articles on communication and cooperation across social groups and countries, especially in East Asia and North America. Email: [email protected]

Joe Phillips

Joe Phillips

Joe Phillips is an associate professor in the Justice & Civil Leadership Programme, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. His research and publications focus on domestic and international human rights (including LGBTQ and immigrants in Korea), political discourse, international sanctions, corporate social responsibility, and law. Email: [email protected]