Sept. 9, 2020 — Updates on South Korea-Japan relations

Over the summer, there have been several developments on historical issues affecting South Korea-Japan relations. From Japanese UNESCO sites to wartime workers, here are a selection of stories providing an overview of recent changes.

Chosunilbo: “Cheong Wa Dae is bristling at what appears to be a concerted revenge campaign by Japan over historical issues that make the nationalist government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe look bad on the world stage.”

Dong-A Ilbo: “‘We offer condolences and wish him a fast recovery,’ said a member of the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement of resignation last week.”

Dong-A Ilbo: “Japanese news outlets have expressed expectations that Lee Nak-yon’s election as the new leader of the Democratic Party of Korea will contribute to improving Seoul-Tokyo ties. “

The Japan News: “South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a speech Saturday that ‘the door is open for discussions’ with Tokyo over litigation against Japanese companies by former wartime requisitioned workers, the largest concern of the bilateral relationship.”