South Korean protesters tear a huge Japanese flag during a rally in Seoul on August 15 marking the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial rule. Photo: AFP
William Choong
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William Choong

South Korea and Japan must break the cycle of hate and move on for the region’s good, as US power wanes

Tokyo and Seoul have sought to resolve their latest dispute, but they need to address deep-rooted issues that threaten the strategic balance of the region. One side needs to show genuine contrition and the other side needs to forgive

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South Korean protesters tear a huge Japanese flag during a rally in Seoul on August 15 marking the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial rule. Photo: AFP
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, centre, gestures to his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, right, and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a trilateral meeting in Bangkok. International observers warn that the fraying of ties between Seoul and Tokyo will have economic and security implications, and not just for them. Photo: AP
Jung-kyu Kim
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Eye on Asia by Jung-kyu Kim

Why a Japan-South Korea trade war would not be a case of ‘both sides are at fault’ – Tokyo must compensate its wartime victims

  • Japan’s claims that it is restricting the export of hi-tech materials to South Korea on ‘national security’ grounds are clearly absurd: Tokyo is trying to avoid paying compensation to victims of wartime atrocities for which it is still liable

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, centre, gestures to his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, right, and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a trilateral meeting in Bangkok. International observers warn that the fraying of ties between Seoul and Tokyo will have economic and security implications, and not just for them. Photo: AP
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