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Korean NGOs and Reconciliation with Japan

Title
Korean NGOs and Reconciliation with Japan
Authors
Easley L.-E.
Ewha Authors
Leif Eric Easley
SCOPUS Author ID
Leif Eric Easleyscopus
Issue Date
2023
Journal Title
Journal of East Asian Studies
ISSN
1598-2408JCR Link
Citation
Journal of East Asian Studies vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 45 - 70
Keywords
civil societycomfort womendemocracy and foreign policydiplomacy in Asiahistory textbooksKorea-Japan relationsnationalismreconciliationwartime labor
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Strained South Korea-Japan ties are frequently attributed to the use and abuse of history by national leaders. This article considers a more bottom-up explanation by examining how Korean civil society is taking three different pathways to exert influence on bilateral relations. First, non-governmental organizations are expanding domestic and international awareness of grievances regarding Japan's 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula. Second, activists are pushing court cases in attempts to change legal interpretations and government policies. Third, certain civic groups demand maximalist positions on history and stigmatize cooperation with Tokyo. While influential over Korean public opinion, these efforts win few hearts and minds in Japan and complicate productive diplomacy. With particular attention to the 2015 Korea-Japan agreement for comfort women survivors and the 2018 South Korean Supreme Court decisions on wartime labor, this article unpacks the relationship between activist Korean civil society and historical reconciliation with Japan, offering implications for foreign policy and state-society relations. Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the East Asia Institute.
DOI
10.1017/jea.2022.21
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