Korea-Japan Trade Dispute and the U.S. Security Mechanism in Northeast Asia


South Korea earlier this week announced
that it was removing Japan from a list of trusted trading partners after
choking dropped Seoul as a preferred trading partner earlier this month
not only is a trade we’re already discovering the global supply chain for
big tech companies and leaves security analysts worried about the strength of
the u.s. security alliance architecture in Northeast Asia which is structured
around its key Asian allies namely South Korea and Japan so let’s get an in-depth
analysis joining me live from New York is Steven or / senior director of the
Korea Society his previous posts include senior analysts at the US State
Department dr. Steven Nora welcome to the program thank you now as a security
analyst and a specialist in this part of the region what are your thoughts as you
watch this be escalate by the day between South Korea and Japan a
tremendous concern it’s been something that has built over the year clearly the
events of the last few months and the tightening in terms of export controls
have been very worrisome and they concern a lot of people in the United
States both those who study Korea as well as Japan and as you indicate those
concerned about the US presence in the region and the strength let’s to Alex
Korea in Japan and so we be trilateral coordination we need to see the review
by lateral relationships because it’s the economic interdependence dependency
and the security that are really critical for peace and purity not only
in North East Asia region as a whole right now not only in terms of
disrupting the global supply chain and impact in the region as well as the
global economy but looking at it from a security perspective does this rift
between the two neighboring countries yeah some say Seoul and Japan relations
have never been worse concern you oh very much so especially when you
consider the very threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear
and missile development and that poses a real concern to both Seoul and Tokyo as
well as Washington and then clearly the rise of China over time and we see China
is arrested behavior in the South China Sea Hong Kong in terms of its regards to
Taiwan and so having a stable dirty set of relations among the its Korea Japan
absolutely critical and there’s more that actually rains to panic missile
development and the rise of China then that which divides them so this may be a
short term for a medium term economic reality which is very distressful but we
can’t let that get in the way of the variance and real security threats that
are both in the near term and they’re developing over the long term No so dr.
Harper what’s the general sentiment or feeling about this deteriorating ties
between Seoul and Tokyo in the u.s. the academia political and diplomatic
circles well I’m a professor at Columbia and those of us in the academic
community are extremely concerned most of us have spent our careers trying to
enhance understanding of realities in Korea in Japan for that matter China the
remainder of Northeast Asia and East Asia circles but for those in political
circles that walk Tintin this has caused a level of distress also hesitation to
get involved but my recommendation as a scholar is that there needs to be
movement on two fronts one is in terms of economic cooperation and pisser’s
both in Korea and Japan need to emphasize the political leaders the real
bond the real cost here as share prices slip and then we need the United States
to play a stronger facilitating role perhaps to call a sum between president
moon and prime minister Ave where the two can meet and discuss and make senior
leadership decisions that would be the type of facilitate
that the US could provide and not to weigh in not to fish but to provide a
platform for both Korea and Japan that’s to me now on last but not least like you
said us of intervention or mediation between Seoul and Seoul and Tokyo is
vital here but why do you think that US has not taken a more proactive role so
far well the focus primarily for Washington has been on that dialogue
with Pyongyang and trying to stand the nuclear and missile but our arguments
are has been that that can’t happen if you don’t have good cooperation between
Seoul and Tokyo and between them both and Washington and so the trilateral
cooperation and court be essential at this time to spend that North Korean
concern and the United States cannot be mono focused on that relationship with
Pyongyang without realizing that it will get nowhere unless it has both Seoul and
Tokyo on board so it’s absolutely essential that the u.s. step up in a
leadership position and it is already that even if the State Department today
a willingness to provide good offices but let’s see if the White House can
provide that the way again of a summit for the blue house and for Tokyo as well
as cooperation and or at least an expression of common interest among
business leaders because their extreme cost here economic political and
security all right guys Stephen or / a senior
director of the Korea Society a longtime expert in Northeast Asia many many
things to you for your insights this morning we appreciate it and to our
viewers would like to apologize for the connection that was not so smooth but
thank you dr. Nora for your insights thank you

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6 thoughts on “Korea-Japan Trade Dispute and the U.S. Security Mechanism in Northeast Asia

  1. The tension is being escalated by Moon. Usually, in demonstrations by individuals, banners and stickers should vary in design, because they are designed individually. But look at banners and stickers used in the Boycott Japan demonstrations. Designs are consistent. It is clear that these demonstrations are organized by groups. Moon is trying to lead the South Korean crowd, by abusing the crowd psychology written in the book titled “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” by Gustav Le Bon in 1895. Once the psychology of the crowd is abused, it results in tragedies. Adolf Hitler, reportedly, read this book and abused the idea. Looking at Moon and past South Korean politicians, I cannot help but think that they have abused the South Koreans’ anti-Japan crowd psychology to maintain their administrations. The result? It is very likely that South Korea will collapse and fall into the hands of North Korea, which is exactly what Moon is aiming for.

  2. Basicall Korea is scared to Shitz that the semiconductor will be taken by taiwan etc or some other country. LOL , Dont worry soon Air Korea will follow and Cars etc etc

  3. US selfish behavior with trade war and its pursuit of global dominance causing stress in Japan and Korea. Causing stress for Europe. Japan and SK had to hold down and not buy oil from Iran. I mean the US is really preventing Japan and South Korea to freely move.

  4. This was started by Abe’s political interest before Japan’s election.
    There has been long conflict between Korea and Japan over the past history of war atrocity committed by Japan. Korean has not been very annoyed by Japan’s continuous denial of war atrocity such as mocking the victims, saying the war atrocity is made up story. japan has not shown any regret or remorse for their war atrocity.
    A matter of fact, decision that removing korea from japan ‘s white list came as a retaliatory action against a court ruling of forced laborers during ww2.
    This angered many korean people led to boycotting to anything Japan.
    Boycott will continue even though many korean know it may not affect the economy of japan itself. However, it is the way of voicing out and korean government does not have any reason to discourage boycott that was started voluntarily by people.

  5. It was only required that moral rebirth in SKorea and the improvement her export control. Despite that, SKorea doesn't anymore than blaming Japan, manipulating people, boycotting Japan's products… and taking meaningless countercharge at last. Moon would be also the butt of the joke in Korean history, like other Presidents.

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