Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, South Korea in April 2013. President Park and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have not held a bilateral summit in two years.
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Daniel C. Sneider writes that relations between South Korea and Japan have noticeably deteriorated in the past few months. After a recent trip to Seoul, Sneider postures that diplomatic ties may be at their lowest since 1965. While the United States has attempted to promote dialogue, its hesitant intervention is unlikely to change the overall dynamic of the Japan-Korea relationship. Sneider suggests a more active U.S. mediation role, such as appointing a special envoy or negotiating reparations, may better encourage reconciliation and normalization of relations.

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