This post was co-authored with Brad Glosserman, executive director of Pacific Forum CSIS.
The Japan-South Korea relationship has been steadily improving in the run up to yesterday’s fiftieth anniversary of normalization. In recent weeks ministerial–level bilateral contacts have resumed between economic and defense ministers. The relationship has essentially normalized (and the U.S. State Department spokesperson wasted no time in welcoming these developments), but President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have yet to schedule a formal summit (although they have held informal encounters at the November 2014 APEC meeting in Beijing and on the occasion of Lee Kwan Yew’s funeral in Singapore earlier this spring). Read more »