The Soviet-Japanese War: the brief conflict that created North Korea | NK News
June 13, 2024
Features

The Soviet-Japanese War: the brief conflict that created North Korea

73 years since its outbreak, the war's impact is often understated

In the early 1940s, relations between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Greater Empire of Japan were surprisingly good. Despite Japan being a member of the Axis pact and the Soviet Union being allied with the British Empire and the United States, relations between Moscow and Tokyo remained reasonable and calm.

The document which defined this most unusual relationship was the Neutrality Pact of 1941, according to which the sides pledged to non-aggression and non-interference in any war the other side was waging.

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.