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Historical Origins and International Political Implications of Korea-Japan Trade Conflict : Korea-Japan History Issues, Japan's Trade Regulations, and Korea's Choice in ‘the Age without US’

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2020, 4(1), pp.91-120
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2020.4.1.004
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : January 15, 2020
  • Accepted : February 7, 2020
  • Published : February 28, 2020

Kim Young Soo 1

1영남대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to review the nature of the crisis in Japan's 2019 export regulations to South Korea in terms of history, economy and security. This conflict is because the Korea-Japan’s past history issues have expanded to trade regulations, which has deep implications for ROK-US-Japan security cooperation. First, by briefly examining how Japanese colonial rule and Korean claim rights were dealt with during 1965 Korea-Japan Talks, I would like to explain the historical nature of the Japanese military comfort women and forced labor issues that are causing serious conflicts between Korea and Japan. Second, I would like to examine the controversial issues between Korea and Japan on the military comfort women and forced labor by Japanese imperialism. Third, I would like to point out the international political and economic transformations that are implicated in Japan's trade restrictions on Korea. Since Japan's trade regulation was done with US approval, I think that fundamental change has also begun in Korea-US relations. It stems from the neo-isolationism, a strategic decision to give up the role of sheriff in the world system, in full swing in the Trump government. As a result, Korea needs to consider a security and economic alternatives to ‘the Age without the US’ carefully.

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