Fate of fragile South Korea-Japan detente depends on ROK political shifts
With political factions in Japan’s ruling party weakened, political shifts in Seoul could disrupt progress with Tokyo
The improvement in relations between South Korea and Japan over the past year signifies a notable shift from the strained ties the two countries had during the previous Moon Jae-in administration. However, the durability of this detente is uncertain, given the evolving political situations in both countries.
While Japan grapples with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s declining approval and internal party scandals, it is South Korea’s domestic politics that may impact the future of bilateral relations more critically.
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