How South Korea’s right and left stifle debate on North Korea and Japan
Legal restrictions risk warping discourse and public policy as Seoul takes harder line on DPRK and moves closer to Tokyo
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has pushed to mend ties with Japan since taking office, saying the neighboring country “has transformed from a militaristic aggressor of the past into a partner that shares the same universal values with us.”
Yoon’s appeal, made during a speech celebrating Korean independence from its former colonizer on March 1, drew immediate condemnation from the opposition Democratic Party (DP). Assembly floor leader Park Hong-keun likened the president to a traitor working for Tokyo’s interests.
The president’s People Power Party has deflected accusations of being too soft on Tokyo
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