Feb. 16, 2015 – “Enmity Between South Korea, Japan Worries U.S.” (WSJ)

  • February 20, 2015
  • Japan

“Seoul’s demand for new apology over WWII ‘comfort women’ complicates regional security ties

…Polling data show that South Koreans dislike Mr. Abe as much as they do North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In Japan, polls show that views of South Korea have also deteriorated sharply: A persistent focus on historical disputes has led to what’s known as “Korea fatigue”…

…Some analysts say the bickering would stop only if the U.S. administered shock therapy. “The only really effective way for the U.S. to get Japan and South Korea to work together is to threaten them with genuine abandonment,” said Prof. Kelly” (professor of political science at Pusan National University).