January 28, 2023

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Justin Yeo

Justin Hyun-jun Yeo is a research assistant to Professor Andrei Lankov at Kookmin University in Seoul. His areas of expertise include ROK domestic politics and Korea-Japan relations, as well as international relations in East Asia.

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Japan wants stronger defenses against North Korea, but will citizens pay for it?
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Japan wants stronger defenses against North Korea, but will citizens pay for it?

Despite wide support for new security plans, public resistance to new taxes threatens to leave them dead in the water

Japan wants stronger defenses against North Korea, but will citizens pay for it?
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo January 23, 2023
Why South Korea’s left is sounding alarm about a Japan-North Korea summit

Why South Korea’s left is sounding alarm about a Japan-North Korea summit

Some pundits see devious designs in Kishida’s recent offer of talks, revealing beliefs that shape ROK political debate

Why South Korea’s left is sounding alarm about a Japan-North Korea summit
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo October 20, 2022
Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Tokyo secured historic if fleeting breakthrough in Pyongyang 20 years ago, only for it to be derailed by public opinion

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo September 21, 2022
Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
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Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now

Supreme Court could still order Japanese firm to pay reparations, a move that would incite cycle of mutual retaliation

Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo August 23, 2022
Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner

Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner

Inter-Korean economic exchanges ended years ago, leaving few ways to apply pressure beyond more hawkish rhetoric

Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo August 10, 2022
South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
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South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?

Yoon administration wants to shore up relations with largest democracy and US ally in region, but Japan has trust issues

South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo July 21, 2022
Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
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Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.

South Korea’s polarized media offer conflicting takes on president's first trip abroad, with attention focused on Japan

Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo July 7, 2022
Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
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Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks

Many appointees to key posts specialize in US relations as new president seeks closer alignment with Washington

Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo June 22, 2022
An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea
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An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea

Yoon Suk-yeol has picked experienced officials for top posts, boding well for policy but raising risk of groupthink

An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo June 16, 2022
Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas

Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas

New Japanese prime minister unlikely to break through Tokyo's disillusionment with Seoul and disinterest in Pyongyang

Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo October 31, 2021