50 years have passed since South Korea and Japan formalized relations. We take a look at the current state of relations and whether or not a bilateral meeting is likely between President Park and Prime Minister Abe. EastWest Institute’s Jonathan Miller returns to provide commentary on a proposed lawsuit by South Korean Comfort Women who are seeking $20 million in damages and an apology from the Japanese Emperor. Plus the latest on the Asian MERS outbreak and regional news in The Asia Brief.
South Korean and Japanese Relations
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. It’s the document that formalized relations between to the two countries following World War II. However, even after half a century, things aren’t rosy and a number of lingering issues remain.
Comfort Woman to Sue Japanese Emperor
This week it was announced that Yoo Hee-nam, an 87-year-old sex slave survivor will lead her peers in a suit against Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Emperor Akihito, Japanese media who called them “prostitutes,” and Japanese companies accused of war crimes. In addition, they reportedly will seek US$20 million in damages.
Why are they suing Japan? Asia Now takes a look at their case and invites Jonathan Miller, Fellow on East Asia with the EastWest Institute to provide a greater perspective.
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What’s the latest on the South Korean MERS outbreak? Host Steve Miller breaks it down along with updates on Thailand’s single case, North Korea’s miracle cure-all drug, and China’s promising new test, that would allow technicians to process over 1,000 samples per day.
The Asia Brief
The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue took place in Washington, DC. What happened and did the Obama administration accuse Beijing of hacking the OPM? Host Steve Miller shares the latest. Plus, the US, Philippines, and Japan begin new drills in the South China Sea. Is China happy about it? A week has passed since the historic vote in Hong Kong. How are parties picking up the pieces? These stories and other you may have missed are in this week’s The Asia Brief.
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