January 30, 2023


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.


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

Justin YeoJustin YeoJanuary 23, 2023

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

Justin YeoJustin YeoOctober 20, 2022

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

Justin YeoJustin YeoSeptember 21, 2022

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

Justin YeoJustin YeoAugust 10, 2022

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

Justin YeoJustin YeoOctober 31, 2021

South Korea’s left and right praised ROK-US summit, but for different reasons

Progressives find support for North Korean engagement, while conservatives welcome strengthening of alliance

Justin YeoJustin YeoJune 16, 2021

Seoul needs to budge on big issues if it wants Tokyo’s help on North Korea

South Korea wants to mend ties with Japan to please the U.S., but appears inflexible on controversial historical issues

Justin YeoJustin YeoMarch 22, 2021

Moon wants to meet Kim at the Tokyo Olympics, but the feeling may not be mutual

Kim, Suga and Biden just aren't as desperate as Moon for another round of his inter-Korean political theater

Justin YeoJustin YeoDecember 3, 2020

Why Japan’s new prime minister won’t last — especially on North Korea issues

Yoshihide Suga may have big dreams for Japan-DPRK relations, but he won’t be able to pull them off all by himself

Justin YeoJustin YeoSeptember 17, 2020

Moon Jae-in reshuffles his North Korea team: the key players

A former student firebrand, a spymaster, and a skilled political operator are set to take the top inter-Korean jobs

Justin YeoJustin YeoJuly 7, 2020