Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific


DPJ Victory in Lower House Election: Hopes and Fears of the Asia-Pacific
September 4, 2009, 6:46 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, China-Korea, Japan, Japan-Korea, Korea, Yasukuni Shrine

The landslide victory of the DPJ and its junior partners over the LDP-Komei coalition in the recent general election for the Lower House of Parliament has led many to consider the possibility of a positive change in regional relationships between Japan and its neighboring countries.  Since the beginning of the campaign period, Yukio Hatoyama and his fellow DPJ leaders have articulated the importance of developing closer, more amicable relationships with Japan’s Asian neighbors, and Hatoyama has been extremely vocal when addressing issues pertaining to the legacy of historical issues that has consistently tested Japan’s relations with its neighbors.  While these promises for closer ties has left some in neighboring China and S. Korea optimistic toward the incoming administration, across the Pacific there are many who raise the question, “at what cost?”  Hatoyama’s recent Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled, “A New Path for Japan” raised some concerns in the United States of a possible distancing between the US and its ally in the Far East.  While DPJ officials quickly dispelled the idea of Japan moving away from the US, the question remains as to how Japan’s role in the region will (or will not) change with the arrival of the DPJ leadership.

This week’s news brief focuses on the varying hopes and fears of the Asia-Pacific as it witnesses the historic change in leadership within Japan:

A New Path for Japan, The New York Times, Aug. 26, 2009.

Korea Hopes for New Era in Japan Relations, The JoongAng Daily, Sept. 01, 2009.

South Korea Eyes Better Ties with Japan’s Next Leader, ChannelNewsAsia, Aug. 26, 2009.

Likely Japan Leaders to Focus on Asia Ties, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 27, 2009.

Hatoyama Seeks ‘Yukio-Barack’ Rapport, China Ties, Bloomberg, Sept. 1, 2009.

Interest High Among Foreign Media in ‘Historic’ Election, The Japan Times, Sept. 1, 2009.

U.S. May Profit from Better Japan-Asia Ties, Reuters, Sept. 3, 2009.

Sino-Japanese Ties not to be Affected After DPJ Assumes Reins of Government, SINA, Aug. 31, 2009.

DPJ to Further Advance Japan-China Ties: Party Chief, Xinhua, Aug. 11, 2009.

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How to Move Forward with Reconciliation in East Asia

Professor Mike Mochizuki pointed out the importance of developing a web of institutions for reconciliation in East Asia in his presentation at the Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul. Mainichi Shimbun argues that Japan needs to find its atonement in East Asia after the demise of the the San Francisco Treaty structure.

Web of Institutions Can Resolve History Issues in Northeast Asia, Korea Times, July 8, 2009

Japan must find its own path to atonement for wartime, colonial history, Mainichi Shimbun, July 7, 2009



Economic Integration in East Asia
July 6, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: China-Korea, Japan-Korea, Korea

The first article reports that Busan in Korea and its Japanese sister city of Fukuoka have agreed to create a common economic zone, bringing the economies, cultures and peoples of both cities more closer together than ever. The opinion piece in the second article criticizes moves towards more economic integration in East Asia.

Busan, Fukuoka to Become One Economic Zone, Korea Times, June 25, 2009

Korea-China FTA — Terrible Idea, Korea Times, June 26, 2009



China Halted its Official Exchanges with NK
June 12, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, China-Korea, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Korea

China halted its official exchanges with North Korea after its second nuclear test. The articles below also introduce responses from other countries such as South Korea, Japan, and the United States:
SKorean nuclear envoy says he will visit China, AFP, June 9, 2009

‘An Act of State Terrorism By North Korea’, Fox News, June 9, 2009

China pressed on N.Korea, Straits Times, June 7, 2009

Hatoyama, Lee agree China key in North U.N. resolution, Japan Times, June 6, 2009

China’s ties with North Korea fraying, JoongAng Daily, June 6, 2009

Japan plans missile early warning system, Reuters, June 2, 2009

China Suspends North Korea Exchanges, Yonhap Reports (Update1), Bloomberg, June 1, 2009

The power of presidential restraint, Boston Globe, June 1, 2009

North Korea’s Point of View, Seoul Times, June 2009

The Japanese Skeleton In Kim’s Closet, Forbes, May 31, 2009

Gates Looks to Tougher Approach on North Korea, May 30, 2009



Weekly Update – June 1

‘Home > Opinion > Editorials A win-win Asean partnership, JoongAng Daily, June 1, 2009

Peace, co-op issues dominate Asia Security Summit, Xinhua, May 31, 2009

In Chinese city, WWII enemies are now partners, May 25, 2009

Korea Pavilion for Shanghai Expo breaks ground, Korea Herald, May 26, 2009

Outpouring of sympathy after Roh’s suicide, JoongAng Daily, May 25, 2009

California Schools to Teach More Korean History, Chosun Ilbo, May 22, 2009

Ambush At ADB, Times of India, May 20, 2009

Japan: A booming ‘Koreatown’ , Christian Science Monitor, May 19, 2009



Weekly Update – May 15
June 1, 2009, 3:50 pm
Filed under: China, China-Korea, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Korea, Territorial Disputes

MFAH will Present Most Comprehensive US Exhibition of Korean Photography, Artdaily.org, May 15, 2009

Contemporary Chinese Youth and the State, The Journal of Asian Studies, May 2009

Pentagon worker charged with leaking info to China, Associated Press, May 13, 2009

Understanding China’s “Angry Youth”, The China Beat, May 13, 2009

Building Bridges to China, Time, May 14, 2009

Shanghai Expo opportunity to deepen ties between China, S Korea, Xinhua, May 14, 2009

Does N. Korea’s Taepodong-2 Ballistic Missile Pose a Serious Threat?, Voice of America, May 14, 2009

Illegality of Annexation Treaty, The Korea Times, May 14, 2009

Green tea is more than a way of life in South Korea, Los Angels Times, May 13, 2009

China asserts sea border claims, BBC, May 13, 2009



Weekly Update – Feb. 9

History Sets Scene for Two Musicals, The Korean Herald, February 9, 2009.

Movie About China’s Schindler Tells Story of Unlikely German Hero, Deutsche Welle, February 9, 2009.

Unexploded Bomb Removed from Southern Japan Site, The Daily Yomiuri, February 8, 2009.

Sudden Change in North Korea, The Korea Times, February 8, 2009.

Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea [Related PDF], CFR, January, 2009.

Japan Court Upholds Nanjing Libel Pay-out, AFP, February 6, 2009.

Aso Mining POWs Seek Redress, The Japan Times, February 6, 2009.

Galleries go Low-key, JoongAng Daily, February 6, 2009.

Smithsonian Puts East Sea, Dokdo on Korean Map, JoongAng Daily, February 6, 2009.

Japan Must Not Be Rewarded the 2016 Olympics under Ishihara, The Seoul Times, February 6, 2009.

Sinking Feeling, JoongAng Daily, February 4, 2009.

Victims of Colonialism? Japanese Agrarian Settlers and Their Repatriation to Japan, Japan Focus, February 2, 2009.

From the Nanjing Massacre to American Global Expansion: Reflections on American and Japanese Amnesia, Japan Focus, February 1, 2009.

Japan Should Follow the International Trend and Face Its History of World War II Forced Labor, Japan Focus, January 29, 2009.