February 28, 2024

Experts agree: Japan’s ties with North Korea are going nowhere fast

DPRK watchers in Tokyo say abductee issue and US pressure remain hurdles to engagement as Chongryon continues to decline

Late last year, I traveled to Japan to meet with journalists, government analysts and academics knowledgeable about North Korea, seeking their insights on the DPRK and Tokyo’s ties with Pyongyang.

And I returned from my trip near certain that, at least for now, Japan is unlikely to engage with North Korea, despite prominent reports to the contrary.

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